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
Appartamento Minerva 1
This chic 1-bedroom apartment is located on the famous street Via di Banchi Vecchi, just steps from Campo de' Fiori and Piazza Navona. On the second floor of an historic building, the apartment is made up of a small living room with a fully equipped open-plan kitchenette and dining area; a bathroom (with hydromassage shower), and a bedroom (with queen bed). There is also a lovely balcony that looks onto a view of the small, winding streets of Rome's historic center. The living room has a sofa which folds out into a queen-sized bed, so the apartment can sleep up to 4 people, making it ideal for a family with 2 children, or two couples of friends. The apartment is equipped with air-conditioning and independent heating.
  • linen and towels provided
  • independent heating
  • air-conditioning
  • private balcony
  • with elevator
  • small kitchenette
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o. (€ 5.00)
  • 1st floor
  • WiFi
Jessica on Dec 2014:

The apartment was comfortable, clean and just the right size. Although a little far from a metro stop, its location is fairly central so you can easily walk to sites like Castel Sant'Angelo/Vatican, Piazza Navona/Campo dei Fiori, and several bus stops along the river that connect with the train stations. The neighborhood felt safe and there's also a Carrefour grocery right around the corner if you are planning to eat any meals in. Free wifi was a nice bonus.
The shower head was broken so we had to prop it against the wall to use it.
I LOVE using Cross-Pollinate! I really like how the listing descriptions give you a sense of what the property is like as well as the owners, surrounding neighborhood, etc. The photos and map feature are also helpful in making a decision.
Sarah on Nov 2014:

The location of the apartment was great - it was also nice to have a kitchen to cook meals in. Overall the apartment was nice.
There were no instructions explaining the apartment - i.e. why you couldn't turn off the switch in the bathroom (because it was the switch to the water heater which we learned on our own), what to do with your garbage, etc. Also, it says there is a hydromassage shower but the shower is actually broken.
I am very happy with my experience using Cross-Pollinate and will definitely be using them again and recommending them to others in the future.
anonymous on Sep 2012:

The location.
The listing should make clear this is a dark apartment, that the balcony is unusable because it is cluttered up with stuff for the air-conditioning and opens to a very noisy courtyard.
Apartment was small, not very clean and the toilet seat was broken. The place lives from its location alone.
Admin on 24. Oct 2013:
This apartment is now under different management so the comment about cleanliness could very well no longer apply.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 2 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, linens and towels changed once a week, luggage can be held at owner's office before and after check-out, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price), check-out time is 10:30 am, fee for check-in after 11 pm is €20, cleaning fee of €35 is not included in the price
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 Appartamento Minerva 1
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