Unbelievably friendly and warm staff who gladly gave expert travel advice and recommendations that only a Roman would normally be privy to. - Loic Diels
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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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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
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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
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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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Patrizia's Vacation Home
When I first met Patrizia, she sat me down for a nice strong coffee and then, not quite satisfied, filled me up with fruit she had bought that morning at the market around the corner. She then smiled and handed me a letter that had just arrived that morning: an invitation to the wedding of the daughter of one of her very first guests in her "Vacation Home".... That's the kind of host this woman is!

Together with her large family she runs the Roma da Noi B&B and a bar around the corner, and lives with her dog and occasionally her daughters just next door to this apartment (separate entrance), which used to be part of her larger family home.

After her husband passed away, and with her daughters grown, Patrizia found that the big apartment held too much space for just her and her dog so she decided to start hosting visitors.

The "Vacation Home" (as she likes to call it) has a small entrance area with a coffee table and two chairs for relaxing and reading, a kitchen, a nice and newly redone bathroom with large shower stall, and two elegant bedrooms.

Situated in the busy neighborhood around Termini, the bedrooms are not particularly quiet, but the location is great for getting around in the city, since public transportation goes everywhere from this main hub.
  • 3rd floor
  • with elevator
  • DVD/CD player
  • washing machine
  • air-conditioning
  • flatscreen TV
  • dishwasher
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • Italian coffee maker
  • full kitchen
  • oven
  • toaster
  • microwave
  • linen and towels provided
Moya Ross on Apr 2017:

We stayed just one night on the way home. Patrizia is so lovely and this was an easy experience. The flat was very central and close to the main railway station. It is a large flat with 2 big bedrooms but no living room. Large kitchen, and beautiful high ceilings.
Could be updated into more modern style. Feels old school Italian. Only downside was that the none of the windows looked out onto the street, so that made it feel quite dark.
Fabulous experience.
Jan McNamara on May 2015:

Location excellent, well equipped beautiful apartment. Especially grateful for washing machine. Felt very safe and comfortable.
I thought it would be two queen beds but it turned out to be one room with two singles and a queen in the main room. Certainly not a major issue.
I have used cross pollinate before and felt comfortable knowing that we would get a good standard and value for money.
Carol, David, and Ted Armitage on Jun 2014:

The location was very convenient to train station, Metro, and supermarkets, as well as other shopping. The décor was pleasant. Patrizia was very pleasant, though her English was little better than my Italian. Bedrooms were comfortable.
The kitchen was minimally supplied with cooking equipment. Light was dim in the kitchen. There was a smell of mildew in kitchen, bathroom, and even the elevator. Incense did not cover up that basic problem.
I would certainly use Cross-Pollinate again.
Jeni Ducoing on May 2014:

Friendliness of the owner Budget friendly
Emma Bradbury on Apr 2014:

Everything! The location, the apartment itself- it was very well equipped and beautifully furnished, Patrizia was lovely and very welcoming and friendly. We loved it.
For a base in Rome, I can't really think of anything. It was just as we wanted and needed.
Excellent. Quick, efficient and found us a super place to suit our requirements especially with a young baby.
Gordon McMillan on Oct 2013:

This is a wonderful place to stay in central Rome. The owner is very nice and her place is immaculate and very nicely furnished. The bathroom is very nice and the kitchen is fully-equipped for fixing meals. We wished for another chair in the entry area.
The two twin bed mattresses were not great. They are foam and quite uncomfortable.
I am so glad to have discovered Cross-Pollinate. Steve was extremely helpful. I will certainly use your service again in the future.
Andre\' on Sep 2013:

The apartment setting. Cosy. Kitchen is quite well stocked.
Bathroom lock jammed / difficult to lock (complained and resolved) Door hinges require lubrication Dinning table needs to be changed. Both supports for the collapsable dinning table top are broken. Slumped beds
I like using Cross-Pollinate. You guys give quick response and assistance to ease our problems no matter how trivial. Keep up the good work. I will look for your service in my future trips.
Ghislaine Golding on Sep 2013:
Reception by Josie Location Room was very clean
susie on Jul 2013:

Everything! The apartment was in a great location and very well set up, clean, light and airy, beds really comfortable, we had everything we needed and Patrizia was very welcoming and helpful.
Nothing but we wish we could have stayed longer! We strongly recommend it!
all the staff we dealt with were very helpful, we would use again
lorenzo on Jul 2013:

posto centrale, metro molto vicina, l'appartamento è molto gradevole, pulito e attrezzato, il prezzo adatto anche ad un soggiorno di un giorno.
si dovrebbero sostituire i materassi e le reti dei letti, sono troppo morbidi.
Sheila Morse on Jun 2013:

Four of us needed a place in Rome for one night before meeting up with another couple and taking the train to Venice. This place was perfect! Easy to get to, conveniently close to the train station, and near hop-on hop-off tour bus stops (useful when one has just a day to spend in Rome!). The apartment was spotlessly clean; it was a cool haven on a terrifically hot day; we managed to communicate with Patrizia despite lacking a shared language (wish we had known her bar was the one next to the one we chose for coffee and a pastry in the morning!). We were SO grateful for the bottles of water in the flat, and cannot thank Patrizia enough for letting us leave our luggage in the flat for the day while we toured Rome.
Nothing (unless one could arrange for the cleaning staff for the hotel across the street to not stand about in the street at 4 a.m. chatting and smoking!)
Just copy in my raves from the review I just did for Appartement Penelope! All wonderful!
anonymous on Oct 2012:

The apartment was great - we didn't really get to enjoy it because we were only there for one night, but we would definitely recommend it if you need to be near Termini. We also appreciated the fact that we were able to book for a single night, which is unusual for an apartment in Rome.
it is noisy from the street if you want to have the windows open, and the location (the street, not the building) is a bit seedy, but if you need to be near Termini it is great. Also, there is no lounge area, just a sitting area in the entrance way, but for a short stay this is fine.
the Cross-Pollinate staff were excellent and very helpful!
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4.6 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 5 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, by credit card with 5% surcharge
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: check-out time is 10 am, apartment will be clean by 12pm (noon) on day of check-in, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, smoking permitted, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Patrizia's Vacation Home
Foro Romano
Vatican City
Trevi Fountain
Circus Maximus
Piazza del Popolo
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Stazione Termini
Campo dei Fiori
Piazza di Spagna
Piazza Navona