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
Laura's Ministudio
Laura's is a colorful and well-maintained little studio (about 18 square meters) in an interesting, up-and-coming neighborhood just north of Rome's main train station (about 15 minutes by bus or tram, very well-connected and easy to get to and from). The neighborhood is ethically diverse, with a young and artsy feel, and lots of interesting restaurants, bars, little galleries and so on. In the mornings there's a farmers' market just around the corner on a sunny square.

The neighborhood is an area of Rome little known to tourists but definitely worth exploring, especially if you are coming to Rome to live the city. Young and young at heart, open-minded people will probably enjoy it the most.

The studio itself is small but functional and has been completely made over with custom-made furniture and ecological materials. There's all you'll need for a short stay in Rome-- a well-equipped kitchen, books, great WiFi connection.

If you need a bit more space, there's the building's shared terrace that you're welcome to use.

Note: The apartments' windows are located on street level and the studio is partially below street level. It's not quiet as you will hear the people in the streets walk by and chat, but it's not a through street so no traffic noise.
  • access to communal rooftop terrace
  • dishwasher
  • electric heating
  • fan
  • hair dryer
  • Italian coffee maker
  • WiFi
  • toaster oven
  • linen and towels provided
  • American coffee machine
  • iron
  • kitchenette
  • microwave
  • ground floor & partially below street level
Katherine on Jun 2014:

Laura's ministudio is perfect for a couple of people looking for a cheap and cheerful alternative to a hostel or hotel. The neighbourhood has a lively atmosphere and there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.
The fridge wasn't very cold so we had to use food up quickly but it wasn't that much of an issue.
Everything was very easy and straight forward without any hidden charges.
Marije on May 2014:

Nice studio and I loved the neighborhood! Everything very compact, but everything I needed was there!
It's a shame the neighbourhood was a bit outside of the center, getting back late in the evening/at night was a bit of a hassle. But the atmosphere is so nice that it was worth it!
Great service.
Tony Kraus on Aug 2013:

Very compact, but had everything we needed for our stay. The owner was really helpful and gave us really useful advice, especially since this was our first trip to Rome.
A fan would have been useful as the room got very stuffy in the summer heat.
Very good service, will definitely look up their other properties in other cities when planning our next trip.
Karla Strittmatter on Jul 2013:

Laura has all the basic living supplies, small and manageable. The bed is pretty comfortable, as long as you are physically able to climb up and down. Laura is very accommodating and easy to reach. The neighborhood is very nice, get to know it and hang out a little. I recommend a laptop or tablet for any entertainment because she has outstanding wi-fi connection!
Nothing too apparent, we had what we needed. If we didn't have it, we purchased it as if we were in our own home.
I would recommend Cross-Pollinate to any budget conscience traveler for safe lodging needs. If you want to do something besides the "usual hotel travel experience", try this service.
anonymous on Oct 2012:

Weather in Roma ! Room Price
Too noisy. Impossible to sleep near a nightclub. Windows are too old and don't stop noise and air. Also , going down thé bed is dangerous . Fortunately, the third night was booked Too times and miss...(i don't remember her name ) asked us to go in another room near the Colloseum. This room was very nice, noiseless and breakfast free !
Website is ok, no problem .
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 3 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 7 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double (135 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, cleaning fee of €20 is not included in the price, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Laura's Ministudio
Foro Romano
Vatican City
Trevi Fountain
Circus Maximus
Piazza del Popolo
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Stazione Termini
Campo dei Fiori
Piazza di Spagna
Piazza Navona