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
Dimora Altea B & B
Dimora Altea is a charming B & B located near the Santa Maria Novella train station, just a short bus ride, or a long stroll, from the historic center of Florence. The B & B is still pretty new, having opened just a couple years ago after a complete renovation by the original owner; now the B & B is being run by her sons, Matteo and Alessio. They take good care of the B & B, keeping the six rooms in pristine shape. All the rooms are furnished in typical traditional Florentine style and equipped with private bathroom, TV, air-conditioning, mini-bar, and WiFi. The highlight of the B & B -- at least in good weather -- is the beautiful red brick rooftop terrace overlooking Florence and the nearby hills. There are tables for eating breakfast in good weather, and loungers for those who want to relax by sunbathing. Two of the rooms open directly onto the terrace, while guests in the other rooms can access it easily through the hallway.
  • linen and towels provided
  • air-conditioning
  • TV
  • breakfast included
  • mini-bar
  • 6th floor
  • with elevator
  • condominial heating (set on timer)
  • panoramic views
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • WiFi
Edith Parsons on Mar 2014:

Our room was comfortable and well set up. Directions to find the location were clear and thorough. We were within comfortable walking distance (approximately 10 minutes) from the train station. Although the Duomo and most of the tourist sites were on the other side of the train station, we were still able to walk to most locations in about 30 minutes. Our hosts also made a good recommendation for a restaurant close by as well as providing advice on tours in the area. Breakfast consisted of a tray with coffee, tea, and pastries that would have been perfect for the outside patio except for the rain.
Cross-Pollinate staff were quick to get back to me when I requested accommodation. The information they gave was clear and specific
Rebecca on Oct 2012:

The view from the balcony outside of the room was fantastic!
Some form of insect repellent or screens to prevent mosquitoes.
Easy site to use, accurate descriptions of the accommodation.
anonymous on May 2011:

The room was spacious and charming. I also loved the rooftop balcony and the little balcony off my room where I had coffee in the morning.
The location is not optimal. It was a long walk with luggage from the train and hard for newcomers to Florence to find. I also wished the staff had been on site.
Excellent. I'd do it again.
average score
4.5 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: Bed & Breakfast (owner does not live on premises), 6 guestrooms, all rooms with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club card, CartaSi
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Dimora Altea B & B
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale