Unbelievably friendly and warm staff who gladly gave expert travel advice and recommendations that only a Roman would normally be privy to. - Loic Diels
I LOVE this website and will gladly recommend it to anyone headed this way. Nothing disappointed us! - Mary-Iris Taylor
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
A really great idea - with a network of hand picked little rooms/guesthouses. If only we could have this in more city destinations! - Zoe Buck
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
Cross-Pollinate was very easy to use, and it is so much better to stay in places like these than big corporate hotels; you get a much better feel for the place. - Kaspar Deane
Very straight forward. Well done. Definitely would use it again. Love these type of alternatives to hotels! - John White
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

reviews from the press

As for Florence, Jessica Spiegel, the Italy expert for the BootsnAll Travel Network (italylogue.com), suggests Cross-Pollinate.The Globe and Mail
With luxury residences seemingly dominating the serviced apartment scene, Cross-Pollinate is the summer sleeper and economic foil. A network of vacation rentals and self-catering apartments across the Eternal City, guests have their pick of location, amenities and apartment configuration. For example, Casa Alice (sleeps four people, €160 a night) is in the very centre of Rome, literally up the street from the Pantheon and nestled off the Via del Corso. It provides everything a family of four could want in Rome – private balconies, rooftop views and neighbourhood ambience. Affordable chic with a smattering of eco-cool is Cross Pollinate's vibe, so expect to clean up after yourself.The Guadiarn
One way to get the better of Rome's inflated prices is to avoid hotels altogether and book an apartment. It makes a lot of sense if there are 4-6 of you in the party, and you'll get a more central location for your money.The Times
Sûrement la meilleure alternative en famille : la location d’appartement. Déjà propriétaires de The Beehive, charmante auberge cosy et lumineuse, idéale pour familles nombreuses, (très joli jardin, café, chambres triples, dortoirs agréables), Linda et Steve ont monté Cross-Pollinate, un système de réservation online rapide et efficace, avec, en sus, l’assurance que des gens en chair et en os veillent à la qualité des réservations, des prestations et de l’accueil. Large choix de guest-houses,B&Bs et appartements privés de qualité. Le Figaro
Try the apartment finder Cross-Pollinate, which focuses on short-term stays of no more than 14 nights. This website lists more than 200 apartments, guest houses, and B&Bs at the typical tourist stops for the "Grand Tour" of Italy, as well as for Paris and Barcelona. All apartments have been screened by Cross-Pollinate, a family-run company, to make sure they meet strict quality standards. Apartments can be selected by size, location, budget, and number of guests. Only apartments available for let immediately are listed, thus eliminating any superfluous emails and phone calls. Budget Travel
Unlike huge aggregator websites, Cross-Pollinate handpicks its listings, selectively presenting each one as if recommending it to a friend.Budget Travel

reviews from our guests

I just wanted to thank you for all your help over the past couple of weeks. We had a really great time in Rome, something that was certainly due in part, by your admirable efficiency. Our lives were made so much easier as a result! I hope to speak to you again in the future.
I'm just writing to thank you for all the help you gave us to make our vacation a success. Everyone in my family had a marvelous time. I really appreciate the transportation to and from the airport. My kids thought it was really cool that there were two men holding placards with my name on them. The drivers were prompt at both ends; waiting patiently for us. The apartment was more than we could ever have imagined. It was so beautiful. The city was just out of sight. We had a full itinerary and put every waking minute to good use. We hope to someday go back to Rome again and spend a little more time.
We would like to thank you and recommend the guest house we were in. The people were very nice (they offered us water and cake during the whole stay). The room was very quiet so we could sleep and rest very well. The whole stay was great so thanks a lot again and please thank the owners too.

reviews from our owners

This is the fourth season we've been working with Steve and Amy from Cross-Pollinate, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Not only have they been extremely professional and courteous, but they've also consistently shown themselves to be trustworthy, fair, and personally dedicated to each and every reservation they make.
As a guesthouse owner I could not ask for more. And I can honestly say that a great part of Frank's House success has been having the continued support and assistance of Cross-Pollinate. I know that if there is ever any problem they will be there to help us resolve it.
Quality. I also know that Cross-Pollinate visits each and every guesthouse they recommend. I trust them so much so that I've even used them myself when seeking accommodation for friends when we did not have the space to put them up ourselves. They are hands down the best rental agency in Rome. - Frank Cappiello of Frank's House Rome
I very much appreciate your organization, from the care with which Steve described my house, to the punctuality with which Amy replies to my e-mails, and to the kind girl who accurately calls me for some last-minute reservations. You succeed in being professional, and still remain people we can turn to. I think this is the spirit of Cross Pollinate, which differentiates it from other sites. The quality of your organization is reflected in the guests, so far all friendly people, grateful and respectful of my efforts to make the house comfortable and to facilitate their stay. - Cecilia of Appartamento Coppedè