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 Story Guesthouse - Azulejos
The best bedroom in the guest house, the Azulejos room (The Portuguese Tiles) is very spacious with 4 large windows with great views and a private shower bathroom. It offers accommodation for 1-4 guests in twin or double beds. It is also equipped with an oil heater and a fan. Prices start @ €100 p/night

A rather charming room with sloping ceilings and sky lights, the Electrico 28 bedroom (named after Lisbon’s most typical tram) for 2 guests in a double or twin bed and with a private bathroom (bath with hand held shower) w/very low ceilings (1,75 m height at its highest)!

Since each room at the Lisbon Story Guesthouse is unique and tells its own "story", the owners give guests the option to choose the room that's right for them. Azulejos are the Portuguese ceramic, tin-glazed, painted tiles that are seen everywhere. Probably the best bedroom in the guesthouse, the Azulejos is spacial with 4 large windows and a great view. It has a private bathroom with shower and guests are welcome to use the communal kitchen with fridge, microwave, 2 electric hob, dishwasher & dining table. There is a chill-out, shoe-free lounge overlooking Rossio square with a book exchange and computer with internet access.

The Rossio area is the liveliest square in the city, where people stop to sit and relax, or for a drink at the several atmospheric cafes with outdoor sitting (the most popular is the art deco Café Nicola on the western side). On either side of the square are two baroque fountains, and in the center is a monument measuring 27 meters in height. It consists of a pedestal with marble allegories of Justice, Wisdom, Strength, and Moderation, qualities attributed to Dom Pedro IV, whose statue stands on top of the monument. In the 19th century the square was paved with cobblestones in wave patterns, a design seen today in many other pavements all over Portugal, and that has spread to Portugal's former colonies from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Macao (China). On the north side of the square is the Dona Maria II National Theater, a monumental neoclassical building built in the 1840s. The portico has six Ionic columns (originally from the Church of St. Francis, destroyed in the 1755 earthquake), and crowning the pediment is a statue of playwright Gil Vicente.
  • 3rd floor
  • no elevator
  • double glazed windows
  • fan
  • breakfast included
  • use of kitchen
  • self-service tea & coffee in common area
  • courtesy phone at reception
  • stereo in common room
  • computer with free Internet in common area
  • WiFi
  • rooftop terrace
  • hair dryer
  • iron
Jocelyn on Jul 2014:

(I stayed in the Luz room, not Azulejos). The location is excellent, the staff friendly and helpful, and the entire guesthouse is charming.
(I stayed in the Luz room, not Azulejos). I'm not sure anything needs improvement, but guests should be prepared for dark, steep stairs and spare (although clean and comfortable) room.
Cross-pollinate was incredibly easy to use, very responsive, and super-helpful in finding our room for us.
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Booking details
Booking details: guesthouse (owner does not live on premises), 11 guestrooms, with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
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 on terrace only, check-out time is 12 pm (noon), room will be ready by 2 pm for 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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 Lisbon Story Guesthouse - Azulejos
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