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
Simon's Suite Apartment
Simon's apartment is so clean, well located, and well decorated, that you almost wonder why it's so cheap - but that's just part of Simon's overall philosophy. Also one of the founders of Friends in Rome (www.friendsinrome.com), a website that creates events to bring locals and expats together, Simon is all about doing things right and making sure people are very well taken care of.

His welcome kit is legendary - for every arrival, he gives a little kit, complete with map, bus/subway ticket, cell phone, & suggestions of where to eat.

The kitchen is stocked with the essentials - oil, salt and pepper, etc, and although it's small, it's very new and well kept.

The apartment has one main room that contains a large bed and a dining room table. This room has nice vaulted ceilings and overlooks Via Montebello, home to the daily farmer's market of the neighborhood (but there are nice, double paned windows to keep the sound out). Past the kitchen and bathroom is a narrow corkscrew staircase that leads to a loft with a second bed - perfect for kids who aren't so little that they might find the stairs a hazard.

It's close to Termini - about a 5-10 minute walk - going in the direction of the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps (which you could reach in about 15 minutes on foot). Despite the neighborhood having a lot of hotels, there's also Trimani, a wine store and bar founded in the 1800's, some good, traditional restaurants, the even the remains of the Diocletian bathhouse (which you see at the end of the street in the photos).

  • 1st floor
  • with elevator
  • independent heating
  • linen and towels provided
  • air-conditioning
  • WiFi
  • full kitchen
  • ceiling fan
  • mini-safe
  • iron
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • washing machine
  • dishwasher
  • American coffee machine
  • flatscreen TV
  • DVD/CD player
  • hair dryer
  • use of cell phone
James Smith on Sep 2014:

Simone! He sincerely enjoys life & it shows. Thank you Simone for the invite to the Tiber River party. One of our best nights in Rome and we so enjoyed meeting your lovely wife. Location; close to Termini, comfortable, well stocked kitchen; oil, balsamic, salt & pepper, sugar, coffee - even ice cubes!! And the Prosecco was a nice touch, thanks Simone! There is a full service market about 3 blocks away. Also we had a really good dinner at the restaurant just downstairs (sorry, don't recall the name).
This is not an improvement - just a "heads up" to fellow travelers. If you like to sleep past 6 a.m. take your ear plugs.(We always do). The apt. is on street that features a market just outside the door every morning. We shopped there most days for fresh fruit at breakfast.
Cross-Pollinate is my first choice when looking to book apartments when we travel. Caring & quick response to our needs & budget. I've always found more than enough choice and accurate descriptions of the properties available. Thank you Steve & the hardworking team - you'll be hearing from us again next trip! Cheers, James.
Ali on Oct 2013:

Simon is a fabulous host and the apartment is both central and beautiful. We loved our time here. The markets are outside the front door every day and most attractions are within easy walking distance. It was such a great apartment, it really felt like we became part of Roma, wish we could have stayed longer!
Nothing to improve
We were very happy with Cross-Pollinate service and follow up, we have used on two occasions and both times they have been great.
Srilalitha on Apr 2013:

Everything! Especially the design - how well this compact apartment uses space tidily and aesthetically.
A larger shower stall would have been nice but this one appears to be the norm in Italy.
Cross-Pollinate was a fantastic resource for our stay in Italy - great reccos, reasonable pricing, amazingly prompt and helpful responses, a site's that so easy to navigate. We couldn't have asked for more. Grazie!
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4.9 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio with loft / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 3 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, by Paypal (guest pays the fees)
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 1 queen & 1 lofted double
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check-out time is 10 am, apartment will be clean by 1 pm on day of check-in, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Simon's Suite Apartment
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