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
Frank's Loft
Frank is a young New Yorker who reconnected with his Italian ancestry, moved to Rome and bought an apartment that he has recently converted to have 2 guest rooms and a loft with self-catering kitchen. He speaks Spanish and impeccable Italian, having studied languages at NYU, and when not teaching English or urban development, he works on his current film project - a documentary that questions the cultural identity of Italian-Americans by seeking out the secrets of past generations who left Italy for the New World.

The loft is a strong mix of contrasting aesthetics that really appeal to me: modern and sleek with rustic and industrial. The harmony that he's created is immediately felt when you enter the stark white hallway with grey concrete floor that is softened by the original wooden doors that have been stripped of years of paint to reveal all their imperfections.

On one side of the apartment are the 2 guest rooms that are rented separately, and then on the other side, completely private and closed off, is basically one big loft-like environment with a small private bathroom and gourmet chef's kitchen. It has exposed brick and one of the walls still has the original 18th Century Fresco - It's really very cool, and also ideal if you'd like to do some cooking and have a nice candle-lit dinner at home, or make your own breakfast and lunch. The queen size bed is on the opposite side of the loft.

The place is very well lit with natural light - It also obviously comes with all of the classic Frank's House amenities, including free 24/7 Wi-Fi and Independent AC, and designer bedding and towels. The only possible downside is that the bathroom is small without a closed off shower (so you have to be dainty about it or you get water all over). But despite being small, it's well designed, clean and fashionable.
  • 4th floor
  • air-conditioning
  • hair dryer
  • full kitchen
  • linen and towels provided
  • with elevator
  • independent heating
  • WiFi
  • washing machine
Matt on Jul 2019:
Wonderful apartment with everything you’d need. Close to the train station and subway so you can easily get around. :15 walk to the Colosseum. Host Frank is very helpful and accessible with great recommendations for sites, restaurants, gelato!!
Snejana on Dec 2014:

Very confortable, clean and cosy place; well equiped kitchen. Excellent location and very friendly and helpful owner.
The only remark I have is about the tiny bathroom, which gets completely wet after shower; as soon as mentionend it to Frank we were given nice thick rugs to put on the floor.
Very good , timely and efficient.
Sharyn Pearce on Oct 2014:

Welcoming host. Excellent location for exploring, 2 mins walk subway, 5 mins to Termini Station. Very quiet at night. Comfortable bed, nice towels and lift to 4th floor. Kitchen with excellent fridge. Baggage storage after checkout.
Kitchen cupboard contents left by previous guests needs sorting, eg dried up instant coffee, empty pepper shaker, hard salt etc. Just leave in date useable items. Cooking utensil drawer needed attention. Remove dish washing sponges and replace with new after each let, a small expense. One had slime which would not wash out and the second was smelly. Sorry Frank but you have a neat place and attention to little details will maintain an upmarket product.
Very efficient and accomodating when I had to reduce our stay by one night. A credit was immediately transferred to our bank account. Thank you.
Gary Van Gordon on May 2014:

The location was convenient, Frank's hospitality was great and the place was clean and well kept. Excellent value. Frank went above and beyond helping us to get connected with my credit card company after I got pick pocketed on the subway. He felt as bad as I did.
Cross-Pollinate was a great choice to use! We will do it again.
Chin Hong on Sep 2013:

Kitchen, Cleanliness, facilities, consumables provided, Interior, security, storage,
Bed comfort, room lighting.
Okay, as so far no need to contact CP for check in.
average score
4.7 / 5.0
Accuracy of listing
Helpfulness of owner / staff / host
Helpfulness of Cross-Pollinate
Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 3 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check-out time is 10 am, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax included in price
Spoken Language(s):
Rates and Availability
 Frank's Loft
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