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
Near Vatican Guestroom
At the end of Piazza Risorgimento, just a block or two to St. Peter's Basilica in the fashionable neighborhood of Prati, Near Vatican guestroom is essentially across the street from the entrance to the Vatican Museums (where the Sistine Chapel is). Within the apartment, the owner has one large room with private bathroom and shower available to guests, that can comfortably sleep up to three people. The high ceilings permit a loft area that holds a single bed, while there is a double bed and a foldout single in the downstairs part of the room. Bright and spacious with wood, parquet floors, there is also a ceiling fan, air-conditioning, and double-glazed windows to beat the heat and the noise of Rome.
  • 2nd floor
  • air-conditioning
  • double glazed windows
  • fan
  • with elevator
  • linen and towels provided
  • mini-fridge
  • independent heating
  • TV
  • WiFi
Jon Petrie on Sep 2013:

Quiet, spacious (if you are comfortable on the rather steep stair/ ladder to the loft), tiny fridge, wifi, clean, decent light, air, & location, excellent value for Rome for 2 or perhaps 3 people who want some separation of space and are familiar with Europe.
The pleasant landlady speaks only Italian; she telephones her English speaking daughter if she thinks a guest does not understand something or if a guest has a question. I don't recommend the place for non-Italian speakers who have not stayed in a few other apartments in continental Europe -- minor cultural differences will trip you up.
Real good experience -- I was hesitant to book at Near Vatican as I didn't see reviews -- I wrote Cross-Polinate and was reassured about the place and then later when concerned that arrival time was understood, was also reassured.
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Booking details
Booking details: guestroom (owner lives on premises), 1 guestroom, with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double (140 cm) or 1 double & 1 lofted single
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check-out time is 9:30 am, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Near Vatican Guestroom
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