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
Alfama River Apartment 1
Accessed through a narrow and slightly wonky staircase (having no lift is part of the charm of Lisbon’s oldest properties) and enjoying river views over roof tops from the 2 top floors or street views from the 2 lower levels, these 4 very well equipped apartments would suit a large group travelling together. As well as a double bed (140cm) in each bedroom, all the apartments have a sofa bed so will accommodate 2 extra people with one shower bathroom per apartment. All the units also feature a TV with international channels, free wi-fi Internet, air-conditioning/heating unit in the sitting room, fans and radiators, ironing equipment and a hair dryer. The open plan kitchens are all fitted with a dishwasher, washing machine, a fridge, an electric oven and hob, plus toaster, kettle and microwave. Calçada do Forte where the apartments are located is a very small and steep street (so typical of this quarter of Lisbon) next to the Museu Militar (Military Museum), very near the Santa Apolonia train station and metro stop. Although some street parking is possible but difficult, there is a car park 5 minutes walk away. The area is also well serviced by bus routes.

The Location - Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest district and in some parts somewhat tatty but always full of “quaint” charm. Having survived the terrible 1755 earthquake and it is one of the most rewarding for walkers and photographers, thanks to its medieval alleys and outstanding views. It is a village within a city still made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers, drying laundry and caged birds. 

The best way to get to know it is to get a little lost (something almost impossible to avoid), and wander around admiring the postcard-perfect views, visiting the churches, and walking up to the castle for the most breathtaking panorama of the city and the greatest sunsets. 

Things to Do, Places to See - Alfama has influenced poets and novelists throughout the ages and has been the inspiration for many Fado songs – the area features some excellent Fado eateries with some of the best being of the "Fado vadio" variety, where non-professional singers get up to put their hearts and souls on show for all to see. The Fado Museum is also located nearby.

Contrasting with these timeless images is a trendy modern development by the waterfront across from Santa Apolonia train station. It houses stylish design shops, restaurants and one of Europe's top clubs, "Lux."

Other must-not-miss attractions nearby are the twice weekly Feira da Ladra, a local flea market held on Tuesdays & Saturdays; the Sé de Lisboa (cathedral) is the oldest building in the city; the Miradouro das Portas do Sol, a street balcony opening on the river and offering a truly spectacular views over Alfama; St. George's Castle which overlooks the city from millennium-old walls; and St Antony’s Church, the birthplace of Saint Anthony of Padua and patron saint of Lisbon, amongst many others.
  • 4th floor
  • no elevator
  • full kitchen
  • air-conditioning in living room only
  • WiFi
  • washing machine
  • dishwasher
  • cable/satellite TV
  • linen and towels provided
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • tea kettle
  • toaster
  • microwave
  • double glazed windows
  • fan
  • private balcony
Renvelyn Grey on Oct 2015:

The incredible openness and airy, lighthouses rooms.Very clean.
The bedroom door didn't latch closed.4 chairs at the counter instead of 2. The window/doors were broken and had damaged the floors.We kept them closed because of this.would have been nice to have open in good weather.
We are very satisfied.
Norma on Mar 2015:

The 4th floor apt was sunny and light, which is important to us. We found the wooden narrow staircase clean and charming... plus who couldn't burn an extra few calories! Everything we needed was stocked in the kitchen. The neighborhood was fascinating and we made friends with the local shop owners. We walked to the main train and bus lines, no problem. We've been traveling for 5 wks and were ready for a longer space. This provided it. The host was gracious and totally accommodating. Should we ever return to Lisbon we'd stay here again. Great value for the money.
Needed salt and pepper! Hahahaha
Not one single problem. Will definitely use them again. In fact thinking about getting my California home on the list! ????
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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, Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double (140 cm) or 1 double & 1 double sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, fee for check-in after 8 pm is €30, check-out time is 12 pm (noon), apartment will be clean by 3 pm on day of check-in, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax €1 per person per night ages 13 and up (not included in price)
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 Alfama River Apartment 1
Belem Tower
Jeronimos Monastery
Parque das Nações
Gulbenkian Museum
Ajuda Palace
Fronteira Palace
São Bento Palace
Baixa - downtown Lisbon
Bairro Alto - bohemian quarter
Alfama - medieval quarter