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
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
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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
Appartamento Sant'Andrea
This is a great budget option with a lot of positives and only a few negatives. The first obvious positive is the location. It's just off the main road that runs through the historic center, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, at the church of Sant'Andrea a few blocks from both Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Navona in an historic building from about the 1600's.

The second big plus is that it's quiet, with windows on both sides of the apartment, making it light and breezy, but both sides facing interior courtyards so there's no street noise.

Third, there's a great little terrace off the main bedroom upstairs.

As for negatives, they are relative: the kitchen is very small (although functional) and I wouldn't want to be put to task to have to prepare a huge gourmet meal in it. The place is old, in my opinion in a charming way. Still well cleaned, but showing the years and the fact that it's occupied pretty much with back to back rentals. However, for the price, you won't come close to the amount of space and comfort in a hotel nearby, especially if you're 4-6 people.

There's an elevator that brings you the floor above or the floor below, so there are a few steps down to the flat. Once inside, you go down a few steps into the living room. Off to one side is one bedroom and the small kitchen. Up the set of stairs is a bathroom, master bedroom, and the terrace.

  • 3rd and 4th floor
  • full kitchen
  • flatscreen TV
  • independent heating
  • tea kettle
  • washing machine/dryer
  • WiFi
  • with elevator
  • private terrace
  • fan
  • mini-safe
James Smith on May 2016:

Loved the location! Tony (host) is a very nice, helpful man. We enjoyed a little terrace time every day. Big, comfortable bed in the 2nd floor bedroom.
The bathroom & kitchen would benefit from a little paint & updating. This is not a complaint - just a tip for fellow travelers: If you are a light sleeper bring earplugs (we always do). There are 2 convenient restaurants downstairs that dispose of the bottles either late at night or early morning.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - since 2009 Steve always patiently and accurately steers us to a variety of very good accomodations suited to our price range. We've never been disappointed - just pleasantly surprised!
Robert on Aug 2015:
Tony was there waiting for us in the apartment. He got us settled in and gave us a list of nearby shops and restaurants. The apartment is perfectly situated in the middle of Rome. The apartment was very clean and adequate for our needs. It was the perfect home base for us to explore Rome. A number of bus routes passed by the apartment and it was easy to get to the Vatican, the Coliseum and many other popular sites. However, the apartment was quiet at night and it was easy to forget that you were in the middle of the city. The patio was pleasant for sitting on in the evening. The elevator (lift) was also a handy thing to be able to get the luggage in and out of the building. We were very happy staying there and we appreciate Tony's hospitality.
Karen on Aug 2015:

Tony met us at the apartment and did a quick orientation. He was also helpful in pre-planning suggesting vendors for transportation and luggage storage. The location was convenient as we were able to walk to all of the key sites in Rome. The area was safe and the apartment was as expected.
Just a reminder that there is no air conditioning.
Sejal on Aug 2015:
Tony was great with communication. He accommodated our late arrival which was due to a delayed train. The apartment is very centrally located. It is walking distance to everything; 20 minutes to the Coliseum, 20 minutes to the Vatican. A grocery store is a couple of minutes away.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 6 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 21 days before arrival
Occupancy: quad
Bed options: 1 queen, 1 double & 1 double sofabed or 1 queen & 1 double
Policies & Extra Charges: check-out time is 11 am, apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, cleaning fee of €50 is not included in the price, smoking permitted, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Appartamento Sant'Andrea
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