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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
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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
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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
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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
Purple Suite
This slick and fancy apartment is right in front of the Medici chapels in the heart of the center of Florence between the Duomo and Santa Maria Novella train station.

Located in an historic building called Palazzo Gaddi, it's a large, open space apartment with a curvy wall diving the sleeping area. In addition to the bedroom area there are two sofa beds - one single and one double.

The kitchen is totally modern and fully equipped. There's a large shower in the bathroom and enough closet space in the washing area (that has a dryer too - rare in Italy).

There's a garage about 30 meters away and guests with a car can get a special rate to park there through the owner. Everything else, monuments, shopping, groceries, etc. are all within walking distance.

Note: in the same building are the Blue Sky Suite, and the Bright Red Suite, which combined are perfect for larger groups.
Amenities
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • air-conditioning
  • 2nd floor
  • double glazed windows
  • dishwasher
  • DVD/CD player
  • tea kettle
  • flatscreen TV
  • full kitchen
  • hair dryer
  • independent heating
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • microwave
  • no elevator
  • toaster
  • washing machine/dryer
  • WiFi
Reviews
Mark on Jun 2015:
A professionally run but extremely comfortable apartment. We saw just the right amount of the of the owner, she was there when needed her but she did not not try to take over. The apartments location is perfect with a five minute walk to the Duomo, the rail and the markets. Many restaurants are nearby and Mariangelas are well worth following. Will we stay here again when next In Florence.? Yes please, it is fantastic.
Laura on Apr 2014:

I will try to keep it short as there is so many wonderful things to say about this darling apartment in the center of Florence. Location, location, location. The proprietor, Mariangela was beyond a delight. Her attention to detail, old world Italian charm was unprecedented. I was traveling alone and wanted to have the experience of a lifetime. She was so helpful in helping create this experience for me even before I arrived. She made the trip so very special. I highly recommend this darling apartment.
All perfect!
Ratings
average score
5.0 / 5.0
Price/Value
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Cleanliness
5.0
Accuracy of listing
5.0
Location
5.0
Helpfulness of owner / staff / host
5.0
Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 5 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 60 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 king (180 cm) or 1 king (180cm) and 1 double sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: fee for check-in after 10 pm is €50, fee for check-in after 8 pm is €30, non-smoking, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price), check-out time is 12 pm (noon)
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Rates and Availability
Location
 Purple Suite
A
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
B
Duomo
C
Uffizi
D
Boboli Gardens
E
Ponte Vecchio
F
Piazza della Signoria
G
Galleria dell’Accademia
H
Pitti Palace
I
Piazza Santo Spirito
J
Mercato Centrale