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
Casa Garbatella
For most people coming to Rome for the first time, the area around Termini or the historic center is the most sought after as it's easy and convenient from there to visit all the sites. Normally, if a property is outside these areas we shy away from it. However, we couldn't resist this apartment because we really like the neighborhood and think that for someone who has been to Rome before and wants to discover the hidden, "real" side of the city, this is the ideal place to do it from. Also, though it's farther out than many of our properties, it's still well-connected by public transport, being only 3 metro stops from the Colosseum (5 minutes), and 5 metro stops from Termini station (10 minutes).

Built between the '20s and '30s, this neighborhood was the oldest urban development project in the city, designed for blue-collar workers and originally planned to connect to a port that would bring goods in by way of Ostia from the sea (which was ultimately never created). The buildings, usually no more than 3 storeys, are typically built around large courtyards that serve as communal space for the residents for everything from laundry drying to storing their wine in cantinas. With a small town feel to it, it's a great place to take a stroll on the narrow, winding streets, get lost on purpose, watch kids playing in the small piazzas and shopkeepers hanging out outside their front doors, and take in the architecture of the unusually small apartment buildings and independent villas. Restaurants are cheap and good and menus are in Italian only, not multilingual to cater to tourists.

The apartment itself is located in one of a series of buildings that all share the same big green, open courtyard. The owner rents her place out when she's not in town, so it has a lived-in, homey feel to it. There's one bedroom, which has a queen-sized bed, and in the living room there is also a sofa that opens up into a comfortable double bed in case of a third or fourth person. The sunny living room is elegantly decorated with antiques, hardwood floors, richly patterned throw rugs, and tasteful art. There is an eat-in kitchen complete with cooking utensils, a dishwasher, and even a comfortable leather sofa, making it a second area for socializing and relaxing. The owner also leaves basics like oil, sugar, tea, and coffee for guests to use.
Amenities
  • 3rd floor
  • with elevator
  • linen and towels provided
  • TV
  • washing machine
  • CD player
  • dishwasher
  • stereo
  • American coffee machine
  • Italian coffee maker
  • fan
  • hair dryer
Reviews
Cassandra Cline on Jun 2017:


The apartment at Garbatella is our first choice of places to stay when visiting Rome. The neighborhood feel, easy access to good food and coffee is exactly what a traveler requires. The apartment has everything needed, it's just like home. Laura is very accommodating and provides attention to detail. Rome is 2 stops on the subway, very close. If you want to actually live in Rome, this is the place.
Garbatella is perfect as it is, nothing to improve.
Cross-Pollinate has been our choice of travel accommodations for years. It's always been spot on, very trustworthy. Steve helped me arrange apartments for ourselves and family this year. Immediate communication made reserving several apartments in the same area simple. I appreciate your help Steve, Thank You, Cassandra
Cassandra cline on Jun 2015:


Excellent apartment. Great neighborhood. Easy access. Very responsive owner. It was perfect. We loved garabetella.
Nothing. It was perfect.
Third time we have used cross-pollinate. Always a positive owner.
Jane on Apr 2014:


Staying there was like staying with a dear friend. It had a welcoming feel about the whole place. The beds were so comfortable (I had the lounge). The owner showed us everything we needed and had printed information, maps and ideas to help us with our stay. The area was quiet and like living in a small village but only a short walk and 5 stops on the metro from Central Rome. I thank you for opening your beautiful home to us.
Sadly the Internet was not working but the beautiful little bar across the road had wifi, friendly staff, good food and wifi. It added to the experience going there each night.
Really easy to be in touch. Quick replies and helpful information. Good job guys and thanks.
Freya Barnes on Apr 2014:


This was the perfect apartment for my stay in Rome! It's off the beaten track, away from all the tourists in a pretty and peaceful but vibrant neighbourhood that's authentically Italian. But it's still easy to get into central Rome to see all the sights you want to. The owner Laura was absolutley lovely and incredibly helpful. There were very few downsides to staying here at all.
The only problem I found was the mattress in the main bedroom was a little uncomfortable.
Really helpful, quick and efficient. A great selection of accommodation to choose from across the city.
anonymous on May 2013:


Beautiful apartment in a great neighbourhood away from the bustle of Rome, but a quick and easy train ride to all the main sites. Owner was very considerate and provided helpful reading material and guides to the local area and the attractions of Rome.
The only thing really missing was access to internet, which was not working during our visit.
Couldn't ask for better service - many thanks to Steve for tracking down a wonderful place for us to stay in Rome!
anonymous on Apr 2013:


We just come from Rome and we want to share with you that we are very satisfy with our rental at casa Garbatella through your organisation. The flat is very pleasant, in a very quiet and typical site and Mrs Natili is a very nice person who helps a lot to organize the Rome Tour, she speaks a good french.
Nothing Stay like that !
I recommand this organisation !
anonymous on Apr 2011:

I enjoyed very much to stay in this place. The house is very comfortable and welcoming, full of art, according to Rome specific :); I really felt like home there. The host is helpful and discreet, a very nice person. The neighbourhood is peaceful and relaxing, away from the noise and crowd of the center, but well connected to the city.
The website helped me to find a good place easily and provided sufficient information to make a decision.
Ratings
average score
4.7 / 5.0
Price/Value
4.4
Comfort
4.6
Cleanliness
4.7
Accuracy of listing
4.7
Location
4.6
Helpfulness of owner / staff / host
5.0
Helpfulness of Cross-Pollinate
4.9
Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 4 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 1 king, 1 queen & 1 queen sofa bed
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted, city tourist tax included in price, check-out time is 11 am
Spoken Language(s):
Rates and Availability
Location
 Casa Garbatella
A
Colosseo
B
Foro Romano
C
Vatican City
D
Trevi Fountain
E
Pantheon
F
Circus Maximus
G
Piazza del Popolo
H
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
I
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
J
Stazione Termini
K
Campo dei Fiori
L
Piazza di Spagna
M
Piazza Navona