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
Nomentana 1-bedroom
This building has 5 flats in it that are all identically restored and furnished. There are 2 two-bedroom flats that sleep 6 (with a fold-out bed) and 3 one-bedrooms that sleep 3 people each. They can be rented individually or together for large groups.

The area, although seemingly outside the center, it very well connected. There's the blue line metro nearby, a tram that runs clockwise to the Colosseum and Forum or counter-clockwise to the Vatican. It's between a few parks - the Villa Torlonia and the Villa Paganini, and despite being kind of an upscale neighborhood with lots of embassy's and important office buildings, it also has some great, inexpensive food. One of our favorites is Da Emilio on the corder of Regina Margherita and Via Alessandria - a true, old fashioned Roman trattoria, and don't miss the Gelateria Gracchi, one of Rome's best, on Via Regina Margherita.
  • American coffee machine
  • 1st and 4th floor
  • fan
  • full kitchen
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • TV
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
  • with elevator
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
Sherri Erlichman on Oct 2017:

Pleasant neighborhood, a bit far from center. Accesible by transit. Enough space for two. Washing machine, enough hot water. Furnishings plain but adequate.
The bedroom needs a blackout blind, too much light comes in through the shutters. Not a quiet place, there is a lot of traffic noise.
Except for booking and arranging the taxi from the airport, which was helpful, we had little contact with Cross-Polinate or owner.
Wendy Peddell on Oct 2014:

By contrast to where I stayed first time around (near Castel Sant'Angelo) this location wins when it comes to transport options. Easy walk to Metro B station (Policlinico) or lazy tram ride. From there, two stops in either direction to either Roma Termini or Tiburtina to pick up Freccia express services. I opted for the latter for ease of transfer to/from the Metro plus it's less chaotic than Termini. Useful tram routes #3 and #19 cover many of the popular tourist sites and can be picked up at the intersection of Via Nomentana and Viale Regina Margherita. Local sights include the delightful Villa Torlonia, catacombs a quick bus ride up Via Nomentana (S.Agnese and try to have lunch in the sports club with the elderly locals), or just strike out along Via Nomentana towards Via Venti Settembre and ... well ... just stay on that track and you'll eventually end up in the vicinity of Trajan's Market. MACRO gallery is also very close (and a good coffee stop). One big treat is the Belle Époque architecture in the surrounding neighbourhoods and Quartiere Coppede - all within walking distance. If your tastes lean more towards austere lines of the Fascist era, you can visit the undercover "SPQR" market nearby. The apartment itself was clean, airy and secure. Furnishings are basic but all in good repair. My apartment faced out onto a side street from the bedroom window and an internal courtyard on the kitchen side. There are numerous supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores to purchase stamps or travel passes (or torture yourself like I did and try buying your stamps from the Fascist era architectural gem PO near Bologna Metro!). Aside from the minor issues noted, I'd happily stay here again.
I'd have liked a microwave and a toaster, since I was there for a long stay (mainly because the electric hot plates took a while to heat up). Would've preferred that the local pizza delivery guys didn't sit under bedroom window but it's Rome and there could be worse things/people out there! The buzzer at street level entrance to the building was not clearly marked. Didn't affect me on arrival because the lady was there at the door to let me in. But if I'd lost my keys and didn't have Internet or phone, no way of knowing which button to press from outside the building.
No problems at all. Steve was very helpful with advice on selecting a place to stay. The booking process itself was no problem. Would use Cross-Pollinate again (especially if they start offering rentals in Bologna *hint hint*).
Lizzie and Patrick on Oct 2014:

The place itself was fabulous. Plenty of space, very comfortable. Washing machine!
Nothing. it was perfect.
When we left, we almost locked ourselves on the balcony because the Apartment door locks automatically, and the door to the balcony requires a key to open...this was probably mostly because it was 4 in the morning and our brains weren't turned on yet...
Gerald Reisz on Jun 2014:

Clean, light cheerful colors, privacy, able to come and go as needed. Location relative to metro stop was useful. The neighborhood seemed to be fine. We were not worried about our safety. The presence of an electric pot to let us heat up water for tea was great.
A sign outside that told an arriving guest they were at the correct location would be good.
When there was a problem with my first rental selection, Cross-Pollinate quickly found a second rental.
Elizabeth Davis on May 2014:

The location: a bus stop right in front of the apartment so we could easily go anywhere in Rome; a neighborhood with a bakery, a fruit stand, an ATM, a tobacco store (for the Roma Pass, bus map, and bus tickets); and supermarkets nearby. The fruit stand had wonderful strawberries and peaches. Helpfulness of Monica, the building manager. The real comfort--not fancy, but very clean, much larger than a hotel room so we unpacked and made ourselves at home in Rome, the washing machine and drying rack, the cooking facilities with a good-sized refrigerator. The apartment was an absolutely terrific value. We hated to leave.
Well, it's hard to say because we were so happy there. Maybe a set of bowls to go with the other dishes because we ate our oatmeal out of the large cups. . .
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 3 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 10 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 2 singles or 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: apartment will be clean by 12pm (noon) on day of check-in, check-out time is 10 am, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, smoking permitted in garden only, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price), fee for check-in after 10 pm is €30
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 Nomentana 1-bedroom
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