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I have been using Cross-Pollinate for about 10 years now. The service is consistently great and I can always find just the kind of apartment we like, at the right price. - Hirani Himona
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I love Cross-Pollinate and every time we go to a new city I look to see whether they have some accommodations over there. - Arantza Aldea
The two places I have stayed at from Cross-Pollinate have been among the best across Europe. Highly recommended. - Nicholas Burn
Thanks a lot to Cross-Pollinate for the opportunity to experience a city as an insider! We really enjoyed our stay in Rome and Venice and look forward to more. - Tatiana Marchenko
Cross-Pollinate was very helpful when the owner of the B&B wanted to charge us for the baby under 2 y o. It would have been difficult without them since the owners did not speak any english. - Yulia Pichugina
This was our only stay with a C-P apartment and we were very pleased with the entire process. Will look to use them again on our next Europe trip! - Anthony Giglio
Great web site and quick response from the team a CP made the whole experience easy and hassle free. I have already recommended CP to quite of few of my airline industry colleagues and I'm sure they will make use of their excellent service. - Shane Pickles
Cross-Pollinate was extremely helpful! They found us a place to stay in our price range when many other places of business couldn't help us. - Sarah Seminutin
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Cross-Pollinate was fantastic and easy to use. We used Cross-Pollinate to book a room in Florence (the second leg of our trip), which was everything I thought it would be. We have recommended Cross-Pollinate to our friends. - Barbara Carlin
Cross-Pollinate are great - the descriptions are accurate and they are very responsive to questions. - Dominique Bayne
Cross Pollinate was just the best. I had tried a couple of places before coming upon them. As soon as I sent the first email I stopped looking for any more websites. I just wish they expanded to every city in Europe. Their knowledge, helpfulness, etc. was second to none. - Caroline Collis
Casa Corsi
Casa Corsi is a charming 3-bedroom guesthouse located in the center of Florence, less than a 5-minute walk from the train station and a 10-minute walk from the historic center. This guesthouse is a truly family-run operation, with Signora Roberta checking in guests and taking care of the cleaning, her husband doing repairs and maintenance work, and her three adult children each lending a hand in different areas -- one does the computer work, one speaks several languages and helps with checking in foreign guests, and another (an agriculture student) takes care of the garden. The guesthouse was recently restructured and boasts a corridor with the exposed original brick and stones from the Arno river. The rooms are simple but comfortable, with 1940s marble flooring which was carefully conserved during the restoration. The guesthouse has 2 bathrooms (with shower, no tub). They can be shared by the 3 rooms, or upon request one of the rooms can have a private bathroom (as it's possible to access the bathroom directly from the room) for an extra cost. There is also a common area with terra cotta floors, a large table, and a kitchen that guests can use to prepare meals. The kitchen has a large picture window looking out onto the inner garden of the building, and in the summer guests can relax at the tables outside and enjoy the fresh air surrounded by laurel trees. The guesthouse has the advantage of being naturally cool in the summer and warm in the winter, as it's located on the ground floor of a very old stone building. The guesthouse also offers WiFi, a TV in the common room, use of iron, use of washing machine, and a telephone in the common room to make local calls or to receive calls. For an additional 2.50 Euros per person per night, the owners offer a breakfast voucher for a nearby cafè -- they can be purchased upon arrival at the guesthouse.
  • communal garden
  • hair dryer
  • TV in common room
  • use of iron
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
  • ground floor
  • independent heating
  • free phone calls in Florence
  • telephone for incoming calls
  • use of kitchen
  • private bathroom (€ 10.00)
  • free crib available upon request
Andrew on 11. Aug 2014:

The place was conveniently located between central town, station (2 mins walk) and the river. The owner, Roberta, was wonderful, made me feel very welcome and had some excellent advice about florence. The rooms were quiet and comfortable.
I found the team very helpful and would book with them again based in my experience of rome and Florence and would highly recommend them to others.
on 14. May 2014:

I stayed at Casa Corsi for 4 nights and enjoyed every minute of it! Unfortunately Roberta (the owner) was out of town, but she had her daughter, Laura, and a friend, Anna, taking care of the place. Both Anna and Laura speak very good English and are both very helpful with insider tips and directions. I was given my own set of keys to my room as well as the building so I could come and go as I pleased! Some previous comments mentioned the bad internet signal but that's only if you stay in the guest house in the yard away from the main building. Even if that is the case there is a comfortable couch to sit on in the common area where the internet signal is perfect.
This is not an improvement, I just put this comment here so that people will read it. IT IS IMPORTANT! The reservation will tell you to email your time of arrival. This is not a recommendation, it should be done. The owner and helpers do not live on the premise so they need to know what time to meet you at the building. If you do no let the owner know your time of arrival no one will be there to meet you and you won't be able to get into the building.
Love it! Will use it again in the future!
Sean on 07. Jun 2014:

Roberta is very friendly and the guesthouse is gorgeous. It's five minutes from the train station and the best sites in Florence are only a bus ride or a short walk away. The facilities were more than adequate and the garden out back is beautiful too!
There was a washer but all clothes have to air dry (there are drying racks out back thought)
exceptional as always
Briana Spiker on 18. Feb 2014:

Service. We arrived on time and were greeted by staff who speak English. The service is excellent and it is very convenient to the train station, food (we were hungry upon arrival), the tourist spots were all within walking distance, and we left our luggage at checkout and picked it up before we left that day for the train ride to Pisa. No charge. We only spent one night, but slept, showered, and ate well. I'd stay here again.
Cross-Pollinate needs to be cloned, so patent your process. Staff were excellent in helping us locate convenient, affordable, comfortable places to stay in Venice, Florence, and Rome. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for affordable lodging.
Sue Martyn on 02. Feb 2014:

Convenient to SM Novella station and a little removed from the tourist hordes. Very convenient to have use of washing machine and kitchen. Garden looked lovely but we were never there in daytime to enjoy it - maybe more in summer evenings.
Apart from check-in time we saw no staff, so could not ask advice etc. Beds not the best in terms of comfort, but not a big deal.
All good.
KD on 08. Feb 2014:

We stayed in large clean and spacious room, about 20 ft from main building. Bed linen, towels and bathroom was clean. The pantry was well equipped with utensils, and essential supplies like milk, sugar, coffee, oil, salt and pepper. One of the mornings, we made breakfast and had it in the little garden outside. Roberta was very hospitable and loving lady. Also we like its proximity to train station.
Since the room we stayed in, was away from main building, the WIFI signals was weak. But internet worked fine, as we came in main building.
Very satisfied with Cross-Pollinate.
Steve Dryden on 23. Feb 2014:

Very great value for location.
WIFI bandwidth was slow.
on 22. Jul 2013:

cupboards full of breakfast treats and an espresso machine! Hanging out with the other travellers in the kitchen.
Wi-Fi was very spotty. Being on the ground floor of an apartment complex, there were some nights when the upstairs neighbors were very noisy.
Cross-Pollinate staff are very responsive to all requests and questions - a joy to work with.
Jill Unruh-Philadelphia on 06. Sep 2013:

This cute B&B was well-located just steps away from the SMN train station. Easy walking access to everything we wanted to visit. Clean and charming and the accommodations perfectly matched the websites description.
Wi-fi connectivity
Cross -Pollinate was wonderfully helpful in every way imaginable. This Included prompt e-mails back and forth to assist, and a recommendation to another affiliate when they could not find a room for us in Paris. Steve and staff were spectacular and I am recommending to family and friends! They made our 2 weeks in Europe a fabulous experience!!!!
Ellen on 13. Sep 2013:

Lisa was very helpful with directions and recommendations for places to eat. Her mother Roberta helped us get reservations for the Uffizzi with very little notice. The back garden was a lovely place to chill and the room and bathroom were spotless.
not sure there is anything to be done, the tile floors and long hallways made for a noisy corridor late at night when other guests came in.
so easy and so quick, I have already recommended this to several friends and clients.
J Bales on 02. Sep 2013:

Roberta was great & very hospitable. The recommendation of a local restaurant was so good we went back multiple times! Enjoyed the garden and the central location. Love Florence!
No complaints...
Excellent customer service... as advertised!
Karen Cunningham on 09. Jun 2013:

Host was excellent and very helpful. Offered coffee/cappuccino when we arrived and a map of the city which was very helpful.
Directions to the apartment. It took us over an hour in the area driving around and around because the street names change every block for the same street and we did not know that. Google insisted we could go down a one way street to get there, and our other maps were not at all helpful. Once we finally found the place, we bought a GPS just to help out with our further travels!
Cross Pollinate was excellent in changing our reservation to a place where I did not have to go up a flight of stairs with no elevator, as was using crutches and/or wheelchair which was unplanned when I booked our travel arrangements.
Rachel H. on 13. Jun 2013:

A wonderful guesthouse in Florence! Roberta, the owner, is so sweet and welcoming and made sure we were comfortable the entire stay. Such a good location, steps from the main train station, with great trattorias around the corner. Lovely, safe, and beautiful space. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!
Michelle on 20. Jun 2013:
I loved the hospitality of our host Liza. We loved the Garden room and the little garden.
Laura Wenzel on 11. Apr 2013:

I liked the quaintness of the place and Roberta is one of the sweetest ladies! She truly made the experience of staying at Casa Corsi a joy. I wish I would have planned more than one night....
Very good. I would not hesitate to use your services again.
on 23. Jun 2013:

Roberta was so sweet, greeted us at the door with cool refreshments. The location is prime, right near the train station and so close to all of the beauty of Florence.
Cross-Pollinate was great! Thank you for helping us find the perfect place to stay.
Chatiron on 10. Mar 2013:

Roberta was very nice with us. Location is quite good to visit Firenze.
bathroom and toilets are in the same room. So it is not easy to have a place when the guesthouse is full.
Bret on 27. Feb 2013:

Roberta was just wonderful! Kind and helpful, she greeted us with cookies and coffee and let us know that the kitchen was free to use as was the high-efficiency washing machine. The guest house was just great with fresh white linens and towels, a new bathroom and shower. Clean and fresh and light. The proximity to the train was perfect and easy to find. The lovely garden outside the guesthouse was quiet and peaceful. Roberta's daughter, Alisa (sp?) was enthusiastic and energetic. We talked while she tended the garden. She speaks English very well! We are home in Massachusetts now ,and after visiting other places in Italy, the Casa Corsi remains a highpoint for us. We hope to visit again sometime.
Before we left for our trip, we were a bit apprehensive. Booking things online for places unknown can always cause some trepidation, but our concerns were allayed and we are now happy loyal fans! Everything went smoothly, thanks to everyone involved from the taxi driver who met us at the airport to the homeowners of the two places we stayed. We'll definitely use cross-pollinate again!
YOUNG on 07. Apr 2013:
The room is very clean and the garden of the B & B is awesome! The host and her family are very nice and helpful! Location is excellent! Enjoyed the stay!
Tammi on 14. Feb 2013:
Roberta, our hostess, was outstanding! Her english was excellent and she made us feel welcome with coffee and biscuits when we arrived. The triple guest house was very quaint and confortable - walking through the garden to get there with the blooming Magnolia tree was specacular. Super close to the train station and walking distance to everything. One of our favorite places on the trip!
Shannon on 27. Jan 2013:

Roberta is very kind and gracious. She makes you feel right at home. The location although not right in the heart of town is easy walking distance to everything. The kitchen is a great place to hang out and meet other travelers. In fact, not only did we cook a few meals ourselves but we stayed up into the wee hours of the morning chatting with other visitors. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to any of my friends!
Just a couple of things to warn people if they are picky ( we are not and especially for the price you pay and the helpfulness from Roberta)... our room smelled like cigarettes, there was only one bathroom for several people so there can be a line at times, and the walls are thin.
Great service! We also stayed at The Bee-hive in Rome which was also fantastic and highly recommended.
Dominique on 26. Nov 2012:

The owner - Roberta was lovely. She really wanted us to feel welcome and we did. There were a few students from other countries studying in Florence staying there too so we got plenty of local information from them. The location is great - so easy for the train and bus stations and then a short walk into the center of town. Very comfortable and I would stay there again.
Cross-Pollinate are great - the descriptions are accurate and they are very responsive to questions.
Damian on 14. Jan 2013:
Roberta (owner) and staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. it's a great location close to station and only 10 min walk to centre of town and great value given you can cook meals if you wish.
Laura on 16. Mar 2011:

Casa Corsi was blocks away from the train station and easy to find. Huge plus for us Americans with little Italian. The owner could not have been nicer or more friendly. The accommodations were warm and cozy but not small. We spent one evening eating on the patio enjoying their flowers and the lovely atmosphere. It's been a year and a half since our trip and we still talk about how wonderful our stay was in Florence.
can't think of a thing
Easy and accurate about the accommodations
Shane on 03. Sep 2012:

Ease of getting to the apartment from train station, adequate facilities for self catering, complimentary web access, security
Signage from the outside of the apartment. It was not the most obvious.
Reliable and consistent; very good experience overall
Tanya on 14. Feb 2011:

Our host was very nice and made us feel at home. Had a small garden area in the back of the house and we were able to relax there as well.
Really appreciated working with Cross-Pollinate in setting up lodgings in Venice, Florence and Rome. Will use them again.
Earl on 17. Dec 2012:

The establisment was close to the rail station and places to eat. Also centraly located from most of the sites in the city. You had full access to the kitchen and the staff was the best you could ever ask for. Very quite and dark, no road noise, so resting from your day out and about was very peacful. Will gladly stay there again if I am ever to stay in Fireniza Italy again. In fact we stayed there rwo more days than planned. Great place to day trip to Piza from.
Cross-Pollinate is a nice place and helpful, as we were mostly free lancing our trip. They were a big help in finding places for us to stay, in those cities, where we were visiting.
Kurt on 21. Apr 2011:
Wonderful value in the centro pieno. Clean if a trifle austere rooms, shared bathroom (nice), shared kitchen (just like home), a use of a beautiful little courtyard and a wonderful and friendly proprietress, Roberta. All at a most reasonable cost. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Firenze.
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Property details
Property details: guesthouse (owner does not live on premises), 3 guestrooms, some rooms with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, by Paypal (guest pays the fees), by credit card with 5% surcharge
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted in garden only, check-out time is 11 am, room will be ready by 2 pm for check-in, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax €1.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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