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
Lisbon Dreams Guesthouse
Very fresh interiors in a city of light is how I would describe Lisbon Dreams Guest House. It might be the closest thing to our hotel in Rome, The Beehive, in their desire to combine luxury and affordability.

Spread over 1 ½ floors (1st floor and half of the 2nd floor) of a quiet residential building with high ceilings and large widows allowing lots of light to pour in, the guesthouse has 18 bedrooms that share 7 bathrooms. Breakfast is included and guests are allowed to use the full kitchen as well to prepare their own meals and use the dining room, patios and the two living rooms, one with TV.

The guest house also provides the following services: luggage storage, beverages and snacks on sale, tickets for the on-off bus tour, laundry service, iron & ironing board on request, making restaurant reservations, free wireless internet, etc - just ask the friendly receptionist!

The location near the Marques de Pombal square (the heart of the city) could not be more central and has good buses and metro links. The city’s main avenue (Avenida da Liberdade) is only 5 minutes walk away and from here you can easily reach the Rossio square and Baixa (or downtown Lisbon), although we suggest a pit stop on the way at the typical Portuguese Cervejaria & Marisqueira Ribadouro (beer and sea food bar) on the corner of Rua do Salitre and Avenida da Liberdade – an experience not to be missed!

Baixa is the main shopping and banking district that stretches from the Avenida de Liberdade to the Tagus River and its streets are named according to the shopkeepers and craftsmen who traded in the era of the discoveries (goldsmiths, leather workers, silversmiths, ect).  This part of Lisbon was completely rebuilt after the Great Earthquake of 1755 (by the Marques de Pombal) and its Europe's first great example of neoclassical design and urban planning, and one of the finest European architectural achievements of the age! Today, the Baixa remains an imposing district, with elegant squares, pedestrianized streets, cafes, old tramcars, tiled Art Deco shopfronts, elaborately decorated pastry shops, and street vendors selling everything from flowers to souvenirs, all lending a special charm to the area.  As you stroll down the pedestrian Rua Augusta, you will pass under a triumphal arch into the majestic Praça do Comercio and Lisbon’s riverfront.

The Lisbon Dream Guest house is also only a short walk away from the Principe Real district which has a pleasant square with a café and a shady garden with some exotic trees, including a hundred-year-old cedar that looks like a giant umbrella, all surrounded by colourful 19th century mansions. A bit further on is the Bairro Alto, famous for its bars and restaurants, trendy shops and unique boutiques and a lively night life.
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • fan
  • 1st and 2nd floor
  • no elevator
  • electric heating
  • breakfast included
  • use of kitchen
  • self-service tea & coffee in common area
  • courtesy phone at reception
  • TV in common room
  • computer with free high-speed Internet access
  • WiFi
  • communal terrace
  • hair dryer
  • iron (upon request)
Liz M on Sep 2016:

Super cute place with awesome breakfast. staff was very nice. Bed was very comfortable though I would have preferred a queen size to two singles pushed together.
If the doors to the rooms could be made to close more quietly it would be a plus.
Diana Greenleaf on Aug 2016:

Price, comfort, friendly helpful staff, excellent breakfast and use of kitchen for snacks, patio, clean, good shower and location. Found interesting restaurants in the vicinity.
Very noisy and I was given a room on the quiet side of the guest house. Are there rooms that don't front the wo main streets?
Barb on Jun 2016:

Staff could not do enough for you here. Breakfast was awesome considering the tiny space the staff had to serve it. Laundry service was a life saver for us and very reasonably priced. Beds were very comfortable.
Air conditioning would be a huge plus here. Windows had to be kept open , very noisy traffic 24hrs and delivered trucks showing up in front of bldg every a.m About 6:50 a.m. - no sleeping after that
Somewhat excessive number of e-mails for a single booking. Given the presence of staff all day at this property there was no panic necessary over our arrival time.
on Dec 2014:

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Excellent. Smooth
Thomas brown on May 2014:
Very friendly staff.helpful with info,cab arrangements.Room was clean,comfortable.No problem with shared bathrooms, also very clean.
Andrew on Apr 2013:

Arrived late Sunday morning after long flight from US West Coast. Joana was very welcoming, informative, invited me to have some breakfast and leave my bags and I was started on a wonderful week in and around Lisbon!
Lighting on the keypad to get in the front door. When I was there a light lit up the outline of the keys, but not the numbers.
This was my third city to experience with Cross-Pollinate, and I would highly recommend them.
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Booking details
Booking details: guesthouse (owner does not live on premises), 18 guestrooms, with 7 shared bathrooms
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard, Maestro card, Diners Club card
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double (140 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted in garden only, check-out time is 12 pm (noon), luggage can be left after check-out, room will be ready by 2 pm for check-in, luggage can be held before check-in, city tourist tax €1 per person per night ages 13 and up (not included in price)
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 Lisbon Dreams Guesthouse
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