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
Sant Fran Apartment
Sant Fran Apartment is owned by the same people who own Barcelona Dreams Guesthouse, also on our website. This lovely apartment, just a couple blocks from the guesthouse, is a 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom property (50 square meters) that can sleep up to 5 people. There is a big bedroom with 1 king bed, and there's 2 optional fold-out single beds as well as a 3rd single in the case of 5 guests. There is a spacious living room, and a complete ensuite bathroom (bathtub, toilet, sink, bidet). It is a very bright apartment with lots of natural light, wood floors, and it has air-conditioning and WiFi. The apartment is in a great location, just 1 block from Las Ramblas, and 1 block from the port. It's very easy to walk through the Old City, the Gothic Quarter, El Born, and El Raval from there - and the rest of the city is easy and quick to reach via metro.
  • air-conditioning
  • WiFi
  • linen and towels provided
  • full kitchen
  • microwave
  • 3rd floor
  • with elevator
BA Buckley on May 2019:

Everything!! Our host, Kamilo, was absolutely wonderful. He took the time to explain the functioning of the flat, recommended some great restaurants & suggested local places for sight-seeing. If we had a problem or were confused about anything, he was always just a text away!
This was our first time using Cross-Pollinate; we never would have known about it until we read Rick Steve's travel book on Barcelona.
Steve and Neil on Oct 2016:

Location! Perfect location for food , touring, cruiseline and airport. It was clean, spacious, home away from home. Comfortable bed and sofas! Safe.
Television, could not figure it out for occasional viewing at night. Street noise was ever present all night. Party noise good happy noise, but if you need quiet to sleep, this is not for you.
Loved it, will use again.
Stephanie on Aug 2016:

The apartment was very comfortable for a family of four. The location is excellent for all major tourist destinations, the metro is very nearby and your can walk to the beach in 15-20 minutes. Kamilo was a terrific host-one day he brought fresh fruit for us. He also recommended an out of this world bakery (which isn't on Trip Advisor!). Nice touches include a guide book, beach towel and umbrellas, and a few condiments that wouldn't be worth buying on a holiday. Also a few toiletries available if you forget/run out.
My only negative is that the neighborhood was alive with (happy, safe) partiers in the night. Great if I was out with them, less so when your children are light sleepers. However, this is no reflection on the apartment, our stay in Barcelona, our host, or Cross-pollinate.
Very easy to use, quick responses, and definitely gave us a more authentic European experience. Highly recommended!
Staci Frey on Jul 2016:

The Sant Fran apartment is in a perfect location - 2 blocks from metro stop and Les Rambles; 20 min. walk from beach; 15 min.walk from Picasso museum; Easy access to taxis, when needed. It felt like we were staying in real Barcelona, not just being tourists. The apartment has a lovely European feel and was very comfortable for 4 of us. Kamilo was lovely to meet and very helpful with restaurant recommendations.
A guide book for the immediate area (good coffee shops, restaurants, grocer, etc.) and how to use certain parts of the apartment (TV, A/C. ...) would be great.
Very easy to use and low risk. We had no problems and will definitely use again in the future!
Terry angus on Feb 2016:

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4.9 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 5 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 2 doubles or 1 king (180 cm) or 1 king (180 cm) and 1 single sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: check-out time is 10 am, apartment will be clean by 4 pm on day of check-in, non-smoking
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 Sant Fran Apartment
Sagrada Familia
Poble Espanyol de Montjuic
La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
Picasso Museum
Casa Batlló
Parc Güell
Castell de Montjuïc
Barcelona Cathedral
Las Ramblas
Arc de Triomf
Boqueria market
Sants Estacio