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
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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
Armando's Belvedere - closed
Armando's Belvedere is a 2-room guesthouse in San Lorenzo, a residential and university neighborhood not far from Termini station. It is considered by many people to be one of the "real" neighborhoods of Rome (off the beaten tourist track) and is very popular especially with young people. There are great restaurants in the area, as well as plenty of nightlife.

One room has an ensuite bath and the other has a large bath that's private but located outside the room. Both rooms have free WiFi, air-conditioning, TV, and a desk. Breakfast is provided; items are left in the kitchen so that guests can help themselves at whatever time they wish in the morning. Each room is decorated in a bright color; the rooms are cozy and homey, rather than feeling sterile like many hotel rooms do. The rooms have double-glazed windows so that it stays quiet inside. Other amenities include hair dryer, use of washing machine (though detergent is not provided), CD player, DVD player, iron, and a free crib in case of guests traveling with a small child.
  • 6th floor
  • with elevator
  • double glazed windows
  • air-conditioning
  • self-service breakfast included
  • WiFi
  • self-service tea & coffee in common area
  • hair dryer
  • washing machine
  • iron
  • independent heating
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
Gabby on Sep 2015:

We loved Armando's Belvedere. We stayed in the room with the external bathroom, and I could not have been happier. The bathroom and room were really big (especially for the amazing price) and clean. The bed was really comfortable! Armando was an incredible host. I have celiac disease, and I asked Cross-Pollinate while booking if he had any gluten free options. Armando provided me with gluten free food every morning! He even restocked, because we stayed there 4 nights. 100% recommend!!
The area looks a little rundown, because it is the student district. I would recommend not arriving at night (like we did), because this safe area does look dangerous at night.
Very helpful! They answered all of my questions quickly and nicely. Will use again!
Adam Williams on Jun 2014:

Clean, friendly, and affordable.
Enjoyed and would recommend.
Deepak on May 2014:

Armando has a nice, clean B&B in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood in Rome. There is a good connection to the centre of the city from just outside his place. Armando was responsive and helpful, both before we arrived in Rome and while we were there. He recommended this amazing pizzeria to us which was just around the corner and served up some really great pizza by weight. All in all, we had a great stay in Rome.
I don’t really think there is much that could be done about it (and it has been pointed out by other reviewers), but if you get the room with the ensuite bathroom, be wary that the bathroom is really small. It wasn't a huge problem for us, but you may feel differently.
Cross-Pollinate was great. I accidentally made a booking for a date that was exactly a month before my expected date of arrival in Rome, and noticed it only when I got a reminder email from Cross-Pollinate. But it was sorted out pretty quickly and I did not have to incur any cancellation charges.
Elin Engfeldt on Apr 2014:

It was clean and nice and Armando gave us great tips on were to eat and drink. The B&B is very close to restaurants and bars. And the bus-stop to go into the city-center is only a few steps from the door.
The bed was maybe a little small... but it was really no big problem (it was still comfortable)!
Worked very well.
Mary Leen on Dec 2013:

Armando. The view. The privacy. The BED!
Cross-pollinate made this process easy. It was a tricky time -- Christmas Eve and Christmas Day -- but Armando, the timing, and the directions in the Cross-pollinate email made for a very smooth stay in Roma.
Sheila Wooller on Oct 2013:

Provided some breakfast supplies and access to kitchen. Pleasant good sized room. Access to a clothes washing machine. Tram stop was close by.
Internet signal was weak. Bathroom was not in bedroom.
Adding extra day to this booking was good. Website was easy to use and had good selection of B&Bs. I would use Cross-Pollinate again.
David England on Oct 2013:

Everything was fantastic. Due to a miscommunication I arrived early at Armando's but when I called him, he was there within 10 minutes, let me leave my bag in the room and told us of a great place to grab a coffee while he prepared our room which again only took 10 minutes. He is such a nice guy and we had a fantastic time there even though it was only for one night. If we were to stay in Rome again we would definitely use Armando's.
The shower didn't have much pressure, but that was a minor issue.
Amy was particularly helpful when it came to changing the date of my booking. I will most definitely use Cross-pollinate again.
Heather on Sep 2013:
Armando is very friendly and helpful - everything you need in terms of local know-how is provided. The room is very comfortable and decently furnished. No problems whatsoever!
Dannielle on Jul 2013:

Armando makes you feel at home. The room was big and had air conditioning. It was seconds from the bus stop that took you straight to the city centre. You had access to a fridge and a big bathroom.
It is not walking distance to the city but if you don't mind taking the bus you don't notice the distance.
Great experience using Cross-Pollinate. Thanks for the recommendation.
Georgia hall on Jun 2013:

Loved everything. Armando was fantastic and really helpful with any question that was aimed in his direction. Great location. Fantastic room. Really lovely break from sleeping on a camp bed for 3 weeks before hand!
A little more breakfast would have been appreciated. Also possibly giving directions from the train station on the website so there is no need to get hold of Armando to find the Accomodation
Very efficient, very quick response and gave me all the information I needed in planning my stay in Rome even though I was planning it near midnight!!
Rachael on Jun 2013:

It was pleasant and quiet in and around the apartment. Armando was very helpful and left us to our holiday but made sure we knew where he was if we needed him. He was helpful with directions also
Really helpful in helping us find a place within our budget. Highly recommend
Bianca on May 2013:

The apartment is lovely, Armando was wonderful: really helpful and nice, and it wasn't a problem at all that I arrived a bit early! Also, there is a little kitchen where you can help yourself to coffee and prepare your packed lunch. The location is great as well - a 15 minute-walk from Termini Station, a tram station and a supermarket just around the corner. A lot of bars, cafés and pizzeria-restaurant are in the area, and being a student's quarter, they are quite cheap, compared to the rest of Rome.
The ensuite bathroom of my room was ... well ... more like a cupboard with a shower in it. I don't think that this can actually be improved. Just as a warning for people who prefer having a proper bathroom/shower: ask for the room without ensuite, it has a beautiful private bathroom on the other end of the floor.
The staff of Cross-Polinate was friendly, helpful, and quick! Thank you!
Martinet on May 2013:

The location was good, very close to the tram allowing access to the city center.
We stayed 5 nights and saw the owner only when we arrived. The room, bathroom and kitchen was not washed once during our stay. We lacked toilet paper the fourth night... The prepacked food for the breakfast was not sufficient in quantity and in quality.
Second time we used cross pollinate to travel bnb in Rome. The first time the bnb was of good quality for the price. But this time it was definitely not worth the price. We don't recommand Armando Belvedere for a 70€/night price.
Sonja on May 2013:

I liked the apartment for its cosyness and home-like feeling. It was tidy and had big bathroom. Moreover the kitchen and rooms are spacious and have plenty of space for privacy and studying. There was some food. milk, coffee etc there and Armando even cleaned our dishes. We also had fresh towels when we wished to have them. The above mentioned all made the stay at Armando's Belvedere very nice.
Some soap to be provided in bathroom for cleaning hands.
Excellent! Mr. Steve was most helpful in our search for apartment suitable to our needs. Thanks!
Bhreagh on May 2012:
Owner was very friendly and helpful. He spoke english well and made us coffee! When one of the travellers in our group needed immediate medical attention, he was able to provide information on where to go, how to get there and where we could find an english speaking doctor as well. There was a large bathroom and the bedroom was also large. The kitchen was small but stocked with plenty of breakfast foods. Overall our group had a lovely stay at Armando's Belvedere and we would go back anytime!
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Booking details
Booking details: Bed & Breakfast (owner lives on premises), 2 guestrooms, with private bathroom (1 ensuite, 1 not ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: room will be ready by 2 pm for check-in, luggage can be held before check-in, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price), smoking permitted on balcony only, check-out time is 10 am
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 Armando's Belvedere - closed