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 - The Fado
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. The Fado room was inspired by Portugal's national song, and pays homage to the Portuguese word "Saudade", a concept with no immediately translation that would mean (from wikipedia) "...vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist ... a turning towards the past or towards the future."

The room has a window facing the small square bellow and shares a bathroom with one other bedroom on the same floor. 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.
Amenities
  • breakfast included
  • double glazed windows
  • fan
  • use of kitchen
  • self-service tea & coffee in common area
  • courtesy phone at reception
  • stereo in common room
  • computer with free high-speed Internet access
  • WiFi
  • rooftop terrace
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • 1st floor
  • no elevator
Reviews
Susan VanZanten on May 2017:

Great location but a little noisy at night from outside
Very helpful and a good pick of places to stay!
anonymous on Sep 2012:


The staff
The rooms need AC
Fun everytime and excellent staff running the guest houses, they are life saviors!
Ratings
average score
4.5 / 5.0
Price/Value
4.5
Comfort
4.0
Cleanliness
4.0
Accuracy of listing
4.5
Location
5.0
Helpfulness of owner / staff / host
5.0
Helpfulness of Cross-Pollinate
5.0
Booking details
Booking details: guesthouse (owner does not live on premises), 11 guestrooms, some rooms 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 doubles
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)
Spoken Language(s):
Rates and Availability
Location
 Lisbon Story Guesthouse - The Fado
A
Belem Tower
B
Jeronimos Monastery
C
Miradouro
D
Parque das Nações
E
Oceanarium
F
Gulbenkian Museum
G
Ajuda Palace
H
Fronteira Palace
I
São Bento Palace
J
Baixa - downtown Lisbon
K
Bairro Alto - bohemian quarter
L
Alfama - medieval quarter