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
Guest Haus Praetorium
This 4-room guesthouse is about a year old (at the time of writing this mid-2012). The owner is originally from Naples and has spent most of his life in Rome, owning a coffee bar in the neighborhood for most of that time. His guesthouse is basic, but he's super friendly and eager to please, and pretty fanatical about the cleaning (even his Tripadvisor reviews all say the same). Each room has a dedicated, private bathroom that is located outside the room. They're all pretty spacious, with standup shower, and were newly built and are in good shape. Each room has air-conditioning, a mini-fridge and free WiFi.

Located on the north side of Termini station, it's very convenient. There are some new, stylish restaurants in the neighborhood that are quite good, such as Meid in Nepols a block away with amazing Neapolitan-style pizza. Being near Termini means you don't have to deal with public transport when you get into the city with bags, but you can jump on a bus or subway to get to the Vatican or into the historic center (or you can walk - after all, Rome isn't that big).

A potential downside might be the thin windows (which he's hoping to change) that would make it hard for someone sensitive to noise. That said, all of Rome is loud, and it's probably not a great city for anyone sensitive to noise. Otherwise, for the price, you'll feel very welcome, safe and with a host who'll be happy to make you feel at home.
  • 1st floor
  • with elevator
  • breakfast voucher (at nearby cafe) included
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • portable A/C
  • fan
  • mini-fridge
  • linen and towels provided
Nicole on Sep 2016:

It's a very close walk to the metro/buses. The owner was very nice and got back to us right away. He included some muffins/juice in the room and gave us several bottles of water, which was nice. The sounds from the street/other guests wasn't an issue so we slept well here! A/C was nice!
The locks/doors squeaked a bit so hopefully we didn't wake anyone when using bathroom or bedroom doors.
They were great! Prompt, professional, and nice.
Michael D. on Jun 2016:

The real jewel here is the staff. Emiliano & his assistant are very informative, and full of information for any visitor to Rome. They are quick to offer suggestions, but also willing to help your formulate your own itinerary. They are willing to go the extra mile to make their customers happy. For example, holding luggage before/after check-in/out, recommendations on travel plans & packages, "local's tips" on getting around, etc. The location, a few blocks from Termini Station, is very helpful for both in town transportation & between the airport & town.
This isn't exactly a B&B, it's more of an apartment that rents rooms. There's not a personal touch that you feel walking into a B&B that's also someone's home. The rooms are very simple & the breakfast is more of "grab a muffin & juice to go" kinda feel. But you just can't beat the price & location!
Easy to use, good communication
Mira Sevov on May 2016:

Wonderful place. Very close to the main station but mostly quiet. The rooms are nice and very clean. Emiliano, the host is very accommodating and so friendly. We will be back :) !
Maybe a mini fridge in the room.
No complaints
Melissa Mertz on Oct 2015:

The room was clean and the location was great, right near the train station. The room was also fairly large. The bathroom was outside of the room (but that was depicted in the advertisement) and it was also clean and a nice size. All the staff was helpful and friendly.
The breakfast could be improved.
Cross-pollinate was easy to use and Guest Haus Praetorium was a nice place.
Katherine on Sep 2015:

The room was bright and clean and a good size. Emiliano was a really friendly host.
There could be a blind on the window by the street light. Personally I found the pillows uncomfortable, but everyone has different preferences!
Extremely helpful.
Sheila on May 2015:
Guest Haus Praetorium is in an excellent location, just a few minutes' walk from Termini Station. The owner, Emiliano, gave us excellent advice on how to manage our time in Rome and very helpful in assisting us to confirm our transportation arrangements to the airport. The guesthouse, itself, was very clean and a nice place to return to after wandering the streets of Rome.
Joyce Woo - Malaysia on Sep 2014:

The room is very clean and tidy. Few minutes walk from Termini, very easy to search. Many restaurant nearby and you wouldn't need to worry on food and beverage. Owner is extraordinary helpful and give us a brief overview on map of Rome which I really appreciated.
1. The coffee machine can be improve as the tablet of coffee given is not enough. 2. The additional bed for 3rd person in the room is not strong enough to support, we nearly fall down from the extra bed.
Good experience, cross pollinate is helpful and keep me posted with current reservation status. But can be improve on the speed of replying/forward emails. As I have replied the email to cross pollinate on the time of arriving but owner is still sending me email to ask again. I think it is due to communication between owner and cross pollinate.
Olga on Oct 2013:

Emiliano is a wonderful host, he was always helpful and gave us good advice on restaurants and sights. The Guest House Praetorium is really central (3 Minutes from Termini Station) and therefore it's easy to reach everything by bus or metro. The room and our bathroom was incredibly clean.
Although it is handy to be close to the Termini Station, it actually is quite loud at night; it wasn't a big deal to us but it might be a problem to others. Also the wifi wasn't stable in our room, which was a bit annoying at times.
Cross-Pollinate helped us with choosing the place and it was nice to have a contact person.
Chris on Sep 2013:

Very helpful owner, very freindly and welcoming. Seemed to speak farily good English. If you want a low cost no frills appraoach then I would recommend this as a good place to start. (I say no frills but we did have aircon which is a must!)
It is in a slightly rough area of town but in honesty it was fine and not much can be done about it.
Generally good and efficient. Clear directions to the hotel from the station. Perhaps a bit more guidence on cancellation procedures if i needed to cancel and how exactly I contact the guest house if I need to... We ended up staying for more time and it would have been good to contact them directly.
Hans on Aug 2013:

The helpfull management, the flexibility to put a bunker in the room for 2 small children and the room was very clean.
No recommondations to give.
Very helpfull too, quick respons and pro active in finding a suitable room
Blaise on Jul 2013:

I loved everything about Guest Haus Praetorium! The owner is so friendly, and we felt very comfortable staying there. Plus, it's a great location!
Cross-Pollinate was so easy to use! I knew I would be staying in a safe and comfortable hostel by using Cross-Pollinate.
Luis on Jul 2013:

Location, cleanliness, and owner was very helpful in pointing out things to do and see in Rome in a short stay.
The air conditioning system is left to be desired. The water collector has to be emptied q 3-4 hours and invariably at 1-2 AM. In the summer this is a problem since it becomes very hot in the room and can't get any rest.
Overall good. See above.
Jackson on Jun 2013:
The host Emiliano was extremely helpful and always willing to go the extra mile. One of our baggage did not arrive in Rome and he was so helpful to call the airline on our behalf (since we don't speak italian) to make arrangements for our lost baggage. In addition, he also helped us to book the taxi from the B&B to the airport on the day we depart. All in all, our trip has been made so much easier because of Emiliano's help and we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to him!!
Carl on Jun 2013:

convenient to train station, extremely friendly owner. was very clean and had everything we needed. seemed very secure location, and directions from train station were great
we really enjoyed our stay, a little noise is to be expected near train station.
Stephanie on Feb 2013:

I very much enjoyed my stay here! The room was one of the cleanest guest rooms I've ever stayed in and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was clean and the shower was nice and clean! It was a home away from home. I would 100% stay here again, if/when I return to Rome. Emiliano was so kind and accommodating, he really went above and beyond.
It is a little noisy at night (from the street), but I still slept well since the beds were very comfortable! The location is good - near the underground - but also close to the train station which can be a little bit of a rough scene at night.
John on May 2013:

Emiliano was a wonderful host who is very polite and helpful. The room was quite cozy and it was terrific having a private bathroom (which was immaculate!) The free breakfast was located right around the corner and was very tasty. All around a great experience!
Really not even sure what to say here, it was such a positive experience I dont think I can think of anything!
Wonderful website, very glad I was told about it from someone who works at the Beehive. Great site thats very easy to use!
Claire on May 2013:

The room is prefect, very nice and clean, with a private bathroom. Emilio is a perfect host, very attentive.The location is great and convenient. The breakfast is typically italian.
The room is a little noisy, but you can sleep!!!!
A perfect stay at Guest Haus Praetorium!!
Monica on May 2013:

The location was very convenient, next to the train station and lots of restaurants downstairs. The host, Emiliano was very friendly and accommodating.
Maybe the wifi speed can be improved. But it was still working though.
I highly recommend cross-pollinate to everyone looking for a comfortable stay and friendly service.
Sarah on Oct 2012:

The room was basic but very clean and spacious. It had a private bath across the hall and not in the room but it was spotless! Could not ask for more. The owner, Emiliano, met us upon arrival and carried our bags, he was super friendly, nice, and helpful. The guest house is about 5 min walk to Termini Station, very convenient to the metro and buses, the location was good and felt safe to walk at night. Two good restaurants nearby. We went twice to "Meid in Napols", recommended by Emiliano and had lovely tasty dinners. Breakfast is at a bar around a corner, simple but OK. Overall, a recommended, very good experience.
The room was a bit noisy at night. One of the windows seemed broken but we were so tired that eventually forgot about it. No channels in English on TV.
Perfect experience. Friendly and helpful staff. We stayed for 5 nights and got a discounted rate for 2 nights because the owner had a last minute cancelation from another guest and therefore the price was lowered. It was very thoughtful, fair to us, and highly appreciated.
Cheng on Oct 2012:

1. Location 2. Clean, new and tidy 3. Very helpful staff - Steve and one of his lady's friend.
The host , Steve was very helpful during our stay. They showed us places that we needed to go. - Location is great, about 5 - 10 mins walk to the train station. We went there in Sept & Oct 2012, the weather was a bit warm. Please not that the room do not have air conditioner. I have requested a little fan from Steve; he managed to borrow his own fan for us. Thank you. Toilet is not en-suited in the room. Though you have your own clean toilet with key to access. We do not find any problem to walk across the hallway to the bathroom.
Susan on Aug 2012:

We loved it here! Super helpful and friendly owner and his friend. Great location and clean, nice decorated room! We weren't sure what to expect when we turned up, but this place is a gem! We would definitely stay here again.
It's a bit tricky to find. We weren't very organized and didn't have a map so walked the block a few times. Recommend future guests are better organized than us!
Wonderful! Thank you!
Josie on Oct 2012:

It was very clean and quiet. The staff running GHP are very friendly and helpful. Great location, near the metro.
Very convenient, easy to use.
average score
4.7 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: Bed & Breakfast (owner does not live on premises), 4 guestrooms, with private bathroom (not-ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
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 12 pm for check-in, check-out time is 10 am, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, non-smoking, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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