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
Sunny Cihangir
Sunny and cute place with a nice terrace looking to the city. Centrally located, just a 2 minute walk to the next tram stop and about 5 minutes to Taksim (walking to the historic center is also a possibility).

Cihangir is a colorful and artsy neighborhood with lots of cafes, markets and restaurants. A nice yoga school is also just steps away. And the terrace is a huge bonus as Cihangir sits up on the hill with nice views.
  • dishwasher
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o. (€ 15.00)
  • cable/satellite TV
  • tea kettle
  • 4th floor
  • air-conditioning
  • fan
  • full kitchen
  • hair dryer
  • independent heating
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • microwave
  • no elevator
  • private terrace
  • toaster
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
Christine Roncone on Jun 2014:

We have 2 kids and the location was a nice break from the craziness of Sultanahmet. The neighborhood had lot's of nice markets and restaurants kind of on the artsy/hip side. The owner (Billur) is very kind and went out of her way to get us whatever we required, gave us loads of great suggestions of where to eat and what to do. She was always available by phone or e-mail. The apartment has everything you need.
The place must have had someone actually living in it when she took the pictures. It looked so homey and sweet. Now the place is very bare but still has everything you need. We were surprised and just a little disappointed, she really needs to post some new pics. The place is a tiny bit shabby and worn now that it's so empty. Also be aware that aside from the place being 5 flights up with no lift the neighborhood is VERY hilly and not for the unfit to get around in. All that said I would easily stay there again as the owner was so kind and helpful and the and the neighborhood so charming.
The people at cross pollinate were very helpful in answering questions about the neighborhoods and where to stay. All transactions went well and the site easy to use.
Admin on 06. Jul 2014:
Since this review was written we've updated some photos.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 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: 1 double (140 cm) or 2 doubles
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted on terrace only, check in/out times flexible, luggage can be left after check-out, must call upon arrival for check-in, cleaning fee of €30 is not included in the price
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