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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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The two places I have stayed at from Cross-Pollinate have been among the best across Europe. Highly recommended. - Nicholas Burn
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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
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Lapa 56 - D
Lapa 56 is a mid-nineteenth century building totally renovated in 2011 with 2 short term rental apartments of one bedroom each, with fold-out sofa beds that are good for children - accommodating up to 4 person each and a good option for groups of up to 8 people.

With an east facing facade and a courtyard to the west, the apartments are comfortable and light, furnished and decorated with a mix of antique and modern furniture, whilst retaining some of the original features of the era, such as hanging lamps, wood floors and mosaic tiles.
The calm residential district of Lapa - Estrela is of Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods, and a good base from which to discover the authentic atmosphere of the city, starting from the quintessentially Portuguese cafe and restaurant on the ground floor below the apartments!

The apartments are located a short walk away from the 18th century Basilica and the Jardim da Estrela – a romantic public garden with ponds, lawns and shady centenary trees as well as a charming cafes and a restaurant. Spring to Autumn, the Jardim da Estrela offers a full agenda of entertainment (mostly free of cost) including outdoor cinema, jazz concerts and collectors fairs.

A few meters away, is the start of the famous Tram 28 route, taking you all the way to other historic quarters such as Alfama and Castelo as well as the must-not-miss, twice weekly flea market of Feira da Ladra; whilst Santos and Bairro Alto, the area’s best known for their nightlife are within walking distance (or a short taxi ride).

Trains from Cais do Sodré station (a 15 minute walk away or you can go by tram/taxi) to Cascais on the west coast, are a picturesque way to get to the best beaches near the Portuguese capital. They run daily, departing every 15-20 minutes and take no more than ½ hour to reach its final destination, there are however quite a few nice beach stops before – just take your pick! The area is also well serviced by buses and it is a 10 minute walk to the underground station of Rato.

Both apartments 1D and 1E are located on the first floor and feature a living room with double sofa bed and east facing balcony; an open plan double bedroom (slightly larger in 1D); a bathroom; a kitchen/dinner (slightly larger in 1E); plus a rear courtyard set out for outdoor dining.
Each apartment is equipped with entry phone, air conditioning, electric water heater, cable TV with international channels, free wifi internet, electric stove, microwave oven, fridge, toaster, juice maker, electric kettle & coffee maker; ironing board & iron.
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o. (€ 10.00)
  • 1st floor
  • no elevator
  • air-conditioning in living room only
  • double glazed windows
  • electric heating
  • linen and towels provided
  • full kitchen
  • American coffee machine
  • tea kettle
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • flatscreen TV
  • cable/satellite TV
  • WiFi
  • private balcony
  • on-site parking
  • hair dryer
  • iron
Andrew Massil on Oct 2013:

Well appointed small apartment in a nice neighbourhood. Luis was very responsive to our questions before and during our stay. He couldn't be there to let us in but arranged for his Mom to show us around. Overall it is a good property at a reasonable price.
The only suggestion we would have is a welcome package of information with a map and some recommendations of the locale - restaurants food stores etc. Also some info on the transit options.
Steve has been very responsive to all our questions. A good experience. Would use them again.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 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 & 1 double sofabed or 1 double (140 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted in garden only, check-out time is 12 pm (noon), luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out
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 Lapa 56 - D