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
El Faro B & B
This cute family-run B & B just opened a few months ago in early 2012. It's owned by a friendly young Italian couple who came to Barcelona four years ago to escape the chaos of Rome and Naples (where they are originally from) and raise their two young daughters in a more 'organized' city! They live in a very small building in a quiet residential neighborhood called Guinardó, which is close to the Sagrada Familia (just a couple metro stops away). The B & B is on the first floor, and the owners' home is on the second floor. On the roof there is a terrace, which guests are welcome to use. The terrace is quite large --70 square meters -- and has plants, a hammock for relaxing, sun loungers, and toys for children to play with.

The B & B has 3 guestrooms that share 1 bathroom. It's charmingly decorated in a sort of 'nautical' theme (blue and white) since El Faro means 'the lighthouse' in Spanish. Two of the rooms have a double bed, while the other one has 2 single beds that can also be put together to make a double bed. The rooms are simple but comfortable and pleasant. Two rooms face the street and have a little balcony (not big enough to sit out on, but nice for letting fresh air through and plenty of sun), while the third room is interior and only has a window onto the 'gallery' (a balcony area that is closed off with glass) rather than the outside -- however, this room has a slightly bigger bed and is a little quieter as it doesn't face the street.

Between the two front rooms is a small common area, so a group of four traveling together can rent the two rooms as a sort of 'suite', and shut the door to the common area for a bit of privacy, so it is like having their own personal living room. There is a second common area right when you walk in the front door of the B & B (so even if the two rooms are rented as a suite, the guests in the other room still have their own living room area to relax in).

The B & B has free WiFi, a TV in the common area, air-conditioning in the common area (rooms are equipped with fans), and a kitchen which guests are welcome to use for cooking. A self-service breakfast is offered, which means that the owners leave the breakfast items in the kitchen and guests can serve themselves when they wish. Children are welcome, and the B & B can provide a baby crib for an extra 5 euro per night fee. For those traveling by car, there is a private parking spot in the building which is available upon request for 10 euros per night.

Staying in a residential area has an advantage: you are in a calmer, quieter part of the city, off of the tourist track and away from the chaos of Las Ramblas and the Old City. You can explore a bit the 'other side' of Barcelona and have a more authentic experience in a regular residential neighborhood. Yet with Barcelona's superb metro system, it's still super quick and easy to get into the center of the city. Walking, it's about 10 minutes from Lluis Domènech i Montaner’s beautiful Hospital de Sant Pau (yes, it's a hospital, but it's also a UNESCO World Heritage site and a gorgeous building that many tourists come to visit!) From there, you can stroll down the lovely pedestrian street Avinguda Gaudí to the iconic Sagrada Familia.
  • no elevator
  • air-conditioning in living room only
  • use of kitchen
  • self-service breakfast included
  • WiFi
  • washing machine
  • 1st floor
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o. (€ 5.00)
  • fan
  • on-site parking (€ 10.00)
  • private terrace
Myrna on Jun 2017:

I liked the tall ceilings, which made the small rooms feel larger. The residential area was pretty quiet. Andrea was very helpful, aiding us in getting in touch with our next host, and providing information about the area. We really enjoyed our stay here.
The kitchen and bath had a musty smell, but the openness of the apartment made it easy to air out.
Petra on Sep 2014:

I loved the helpfulness of the owner, we were supposed to get to the place very late at night but the owner was very nice to us. The placewas super clean and comfy.
One of the best websites I have ever encountered.
D Carter on Jun 2014:

The place was very clean. The owner was friendly and helpful. I liked being in a neighborhood vs a touristy area. And there is a small store around the corner.
My only complaint is that the children of the owner were very loud in the evenings. Given that they were over my head, I would have appreciated more consideration regarding the noise. Loud singing, jumping and bumping over your head when you are trying to sleep and prepare for a very early morning flight is challenging.
Cross Pollinate was awesome! You guys are very helpful and very professional and I will definitely be in touch again. I plan to be in Rome at some point and I will stay at The Beehive. Thank you for such great service.
Smruti on Sep 2013:

Very clean apartment and walkable from the train station. Andrea lives a floor above and is very helpful and approachable.
The apartment has a freakishly small bathroom ! Also, it is in a quiet, residential neighbourhood and we didnt see many exciting dinner options around.
Anna on May 2013:

The location was only 4 blocks from the subway system and it is very efficient to use. The neighborhood is safe and near a health food store which we liked a lot.
the bed was not comfortable at all, and my friend who is over 6 feet tall was had issues fitting in the small shower.
The system was very easy to use.
average score
4.4 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: Bed & Breakfast (owner lives on premises), 3 guestrooms, with 1 shared bathroom
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double (140 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted on balcony only, room will be ready by 12 pm for check-in, check-out time is 11 am, luggage can be left after check-out, luggage can be held before check-in
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 El Faro B & B
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