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
Walter's Studio
This small apartment near the train station has a large room that functions as a living room, a dining room and kitchen, complete with stove, oven and washing machine.

Up the steps is a loft area with a double bed and a small bathroom with shower. The studio is on the ground floor in the inner courtyard of a turn of the century building, which keeps it cool and quiet. The doors at the end of the kitchen area open to a small courtyard with plants. The neighborhood is just south of Roma Termini, the central train station, and is a very ethnic neighborhood with lots of food markets and clothing shops. At Termini there are connections to the subway and bus system, making it easy to get in and out of Rome and around town. There's also the red line subway a few blocks away at Piazza Vittorio that takes you right to the Vatican or the Spanish Steps.
  • independent heating
  • eat-in kitchen
  • ground floor
  • washing machine
  • linen and towels provided
  • sleeping area in loft
  • TV
  • communal garden
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • WiFi
Laurel on Oct 2014:

I rented this for some visiting guests so I did not stay there myself. The price is terrific for the center of Rome. To have kitchen and a bit of room to relax is terrific. My guests said they slept well and found everything to their liking . It's nothing glamorous but it is comfortable and a great bargain! Walter is very nice and gave me a thorough orientation before my guests arrived. WiFi was strong.
The bathroom is quirky and my guests said the shower water was not very warm. Hard to get a cell signal in the apartment: had to go to the street.
This was my first time and I was delighted how smoothly it went. Bravo!
Eva on Jun 2014:

Walter's Studio represents good value for money, it is very well located and has everything one needs for a short city break in Rome. Walter was very helpful and friendly. Would recommend Walter's Studio to our friends anytime.
Would pick on cleanliness in a bathroom. Also, the sofabed was a little too hard for my taste and it is definitely not recommended for more than 1 adult. But this is nitpicking and all in all everything was great.
Communication with Cross-Pollinate was fast and accurate, thank you. Will definitely recommend you.
Victoria on Apr 2014:

We liked the location, that was conveniently close to Termini Station. The apartment is modest, but clean with nice architectural features. Walter was very helpful with information about the apartment.
The fold out bed downstairs could be a little softer.
So very thankful to the people at Cross-Pollinate for their quick replies to all of my emails. Thanks to them we had the perfect place to stay and enjoy our time in Rome.
Familia Andapia on Mar 2014:

Good location markets pharmacy restaurant transport and terminal real close, very comfortable. Walter great person thankyou for your place!
Thanks guys for really do the following of my needs it was very helpfull
Jim from Pennsylvania USA on Oct 2013:

Steve from Cross-Pollinate's responsiveness and helpfulness. Walter's Studio was reasonably clean and of adequate size for 3 adults. Walter himself was friendly and, I believe, as helpful as he could be, but his English was not fluent (and we spoke no Italian) so communication was limited.
A printed sheet of instructions in English for use of appliances, various switches in unit etc. And future users of this unit should understand that it is owned/occupied by Walter, an older gentleman, who vacates when he has tenants. But it has the feel of a place that one's grandfather might own/occupy, without the benefit of a continuous female presence. Get what I mean? But the big thing is this: Don't know that Walter can improve this, but walking down the street to the unit's front door (a few block's from Rome's Termini train station) was like walking a gauntlet of street vendors, beggars and guys just hanging out. Unsettling for people unaccustomed to it, especially after dark. We're in our mid-60s and not super-sensitive, but it was still unsettling, even though no one threatened us.
Steve and Cross-Polinate were terrific. I just encourage users of this site to be direct in inquiring of Steve about the character of the neighborhood in which the candidate unit is located. Steve will give you his honest assessment. We just never asked him before we moved in to Walter's. Maybe some users would not have been unsettled like we were, but we certainly were. Like my Mom always said: Live and learn.
Eileen Ogg on Sep 2013:

The simplicity and quietness of the apartment, its proximity to the main train station, and ease of walking to the Colosseum.
A kettle would have been very useful! I think Walter is more of a coffee drinker, so uses the coffee pot, but as we preferred tea, we had to boil water in a saucepan. Not a big problem but an easy addition to the apartment.
After finding out there was no availability in the Bee Hive, it was such a help to be directed to this site, and there was excellent communication via email when it was required. Many thanks!
Arlene Miller on Sep 2013:

Very nice place! I was able to use washing machine to do laundry.
We unknowingly turned off hot water switch and had to call Walters friend because we had no hot water. Perhaps Walter could tell people which switch it to turn off :-).
Great! Our second time using Cross pollinate, and very happy with both experiences.
Philippa on Jun 2013:

Walter was very friendly, helpful and informative about places to go, how to get there etc. It is very close to Termini and therefore easy to get to and from.
Nothing, I would definitely stay there again.
Very grateful that "Walter's Studio" was their recommendation that I took.
Frank Travers on Jun 2013:

The first thing I liked upon arrival was Walter who showed us around and offered good advice, a thorough gentleman. The location was excellent and offered easy access to the major tourist attractions and railway station. The price was most reasonable compared to what else was on offer. The studio was spacious and clean.
Perhaps railing could be considered for the bottom section of the stairs.
When researching accomodation options for the this holiday a friend told me about Cross Pollinate. I'm glad he did as through this agency I was able to secure accomodation which represented excellent value. I have extolled the virtues of Cross Pollinate to others since and would certainly use it in future.
Margherita on Jun 2013:

We really liked having the living space and the kitchen area. Having a washing machine was very helpful. Walter was very kind and informative.
It was a wonderful place. Perhaps having a trash can upstairs would be nice.
Easy to make reservation.
Brian on May 2013:

Walter's Studio was in a fantastic location - just 2 blocks away from Termini with access to the rest of the city via the Metro. It was a large space compared to the costs of hotel rooms in the city for a similar cost.
The bathroom set-up was a bit strange which you can see from the pictures going in. After showering you can't really use the sink for an hour or so because everything is wet. This was extremely minor and shouldn't stop anyone from renting.
Cross-Pollinate is very quick and the idea and site are awesome. I did find it slightly frustrating that our first 3 choices were all booked and I wish there was a way the site could stay more inter-twined with their listings that aren't considered preferred to show true availability.
Admin on 10. Jun 2013:
Yeah, this frustrates us too! Just depends on the time of year too and how busy everyone is. Some properties work with so many other sites that it's hard for them to update all the calendars they have.
Alex on May 2013:

Walter's studio was amazing - a loft with great character and amenities, right beside the train station and within walking distance to several of the main sites and metro. Walter is a very kind person, and he gave us some great tips on where to shop and dine. Wifi worked perfectly.
Everything was great - my only comment would be the cleanliness - a quick sweep of the floor and counter would have been appreciated.
Great site, thanks!
YOUNG on Apr 2013:

Mr Walter is extremely friendly and helpful. Everything in the studio are in good condition! Good location! Perfect =)
Very effective and efficient agent! Will definitely recommend to friends =) Thank you!
JANET on Apr 2013:

Walter's home is very true to the pictures posted here. Nice, clean and spacious. It is close to Metro stop, Termini and nice local restuarant. Walter is friendly and wait for us according to the schedule. We will recommend anyone to stay here.
This is our first time use Cross-Pollinate and I am very happy with the service and experience.
Perry on Apr 2013:

I love the location and the fact that it was on the first floor but at the back of the building so it was very quiet. I love the courtyard because you could get fresh air. It was very clean and Walter seemed very nice. A big 10.
Only one thing and it was minor: Because the ceiling in the bathroom sloped it felt a little bit confining.
The cross pollinate experience was very user friendly.
Shane on Jun 2011:

The location of Walter's studio was great, close to the main train station and a superb local market just down the road, fresh supplies at your finger tips, what more could you ask for. Great cooking facilities, we made good use of and a really comfortable place, in general.
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 the excellent service provided to its clients.
Jennifer on Oct 2012:

This is a great accomodation for a couple. Easy to reach from the train/metro station, a well-appointed and rustic, niche-y apartment with wonderful soft light.
It's not super close to a nice cafe or grocery. It also lacks internet and the stairwell outside, above the bedroom can be noisy in the morning. These are minor issues though and the ambience/privacy makes up for it.
The staff were really responsive to some special requests we had when booking the apartment. It was really a pleasure to work with them!
Admin on 19. Jan 2013:
Correction: there's Panella, a great cafe, on the other side of Piazza Vittorio, and there's one of the biggest markets in Rome, the Mercato Esquilino, about 2 blocks away!
anonymous on Apr 2011:

I liked everything.
Andrey on Apr 2011:

I liked everything.
Julia on Apr 2011:

A great opportunity to stay in a central location in a building with an interesting and authentic atmosphere - old vaulted ceilings - near Santa Maria Maggiore - effectively 'borrowing' someone's home in Rome for a little. Enjoyed meeting Walter who was very helpful. Very happy memory.
A couple more basic cooking ingredients in the cupboard would make self catering a tad easier. There's a supermarket opposite Santa Maria Maggiore.There's a big gelati house for locals at Piazza Vittorio Emannuele.
Sarah on Oct 2012:

Great space, clean, comfortable and the location was fantastic. Walter was welcoming and super helpful with information regarding the neighborhood and surrounding areas! We would definately stay here again.
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. Thanks heaps:)
Harald on Sep 2012:
The location, the quietness in the middle of Rome, friendly landlord
James on Mar 2011:

The apartment was charming, with the loft bedroom. The building was clean and spacious, and we felt safe. Access to a patio was nice. Although it was too cold to sit out there, we used it for drying clothes.
There were issues. The washing machine stopped working, but Walter had someone come promptly to get it going. The shower drain was problematic, but not a crisis. There was no telephone and no internet and no television (or at least no cable with many channels, including English news, which we are accustomed to have).
My experience with Cross-Pollinate was positive. I would not hestitate to use CP again. Two issues. One was that the neighborhood was described on the web site as "Italian", whereas it was mostly "Asian". No problem with that, but it was not an experience in an Italian neighborhood. The other was that the absence of phone and internet was not pointed out on the web site. The CP rebuttal at the time was that no said there was phone or internet. OK, but phone and internet today are like water and heat: in the modern world you take for granted that they will be there. These are especially important for tourists, who may not have a European cell phone, and who probably want to keep in touch with their e-mail.
Admin on 12. Feb 2013:
I totally agree that having wifi is important and very useful when traveling, but I don't see the logic in pointing out, for each listing, what it doesn't have. If anything, I think that's more confusing. So if it has it, it's listed. If it's not listed, don't assume it has it anyway. And when in doubt, ask us!
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio with loft / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 2 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, by credit card with 5% surcharge
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 1 queen & 1 queen sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check-out time is 10 am, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Walter's Studio