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
Gabriella's Guestroom
There are only great things to say about Gabriella' s place, but the greatest of them all (to be mentioned even before the price and her personality) is probably the gorgeous view of Venice and San Marco that you get when sipping your morning coffee in her kitchen (or, having an opulent breakfast...).

Gabriella, your host, is a young-at-heart woman living on her own who's only recently started renting out one or two rooms (depending on period) to Venice visitors. She likes doing it, and her guests are grateful she does!

During the day, Gabriella works outside the house and in the evenings she mostly keeps to her private room, but she's very happy to generously share all common areas of her home, such as the kitchen, living room and studio, with her guests.

We have heard only good things about her place: impeccably clean, comfortable, and the possibility to discover a 'different' side of Venice while still being able to get to San Marco in less than 30 minutes.

She likes to tell the story of how Venice was 'born', so in case you're missing that piece of history, keep your ears tuned!

About the area: Many people don't know that there's a part of town that is as much Venice as it's not: the Venice Lido. Detached from the rest of the city by more than just the Grand Canal but also the lagoon, it's still only about a 10-15 minute ride on the vaporetto to reach most attractions. But here, on the Lido, you get: cars, buses, newer buildings, elevators, a real beach, and the true feeling of an island (which it is).

Obviously, there's two sides to it: you might not feel the full magic of the canals and small streets and the uniqueness of a place such as Venice as much, but you get the commodities of modern life and are still able to travel back in time (in only 10 minutes!) and live the Venice experience.

Lido is great for people who love to do sports (all kind of them available here!), for kids (beach beach beach!) and for those who have difficulty moving or walking a lot (did I mention that here you can take a bus and a elevator?)

Please note: Gabriella does smoke, but only in her own room, which she airs out frequently. Guests are discouraged from smoking in the rooms.
  • WiFi
  • use of washing machine upon request
  • TV
  • air-conditioning
  • breakfast included
  • linen and towels provided
Gary Lansman on Nov 2015:

Very laid back and unpretentious environment. Gabbi is a very nice lady. Her "Guestroom" is truly a guestroom in someone's house. It is not a hotel - it is a home and that's what made it special. Second, the location of being on Lido is something someone should consider. If one wants to be away from the maddening crowds of Venice, stay here. It's a short water taxi to Venice proper. I personally enjoyed the peace and quiet time on Lido. The little restaurant on the corner served excellent food and I ate dinner there 3 nights in a row.
Really, the accommodations were quite satisfactory. Guests should book a reservation here knowing it is not the Ritz but it's nice, clean, and comfortable. Being in Venice is about not being in a room.
Very pleased.
Joan Gibbs. and Diana Willis Reid on Oct 2015:

Clean lovely Italian home. Gabriella was kind and helpful in her lovely Italian home. A very wide selection for breakfasts. . She didn't interfere in what we were doing. Gave us some good advice.
No improvement needed. Everything perfect. Beautiful view from her kitchen across to Saint Marks Square.
I will recommend her home to everyone. If I go again I will stay with her. She made our stay in Venice a wonderful experience.
on Mar 2014:
la chambre, la gentillesse de Gabriella, endroit au calme, tout proche de la mer, à 10 minutes de Venise en Vaporetto
Colin on Jun 2013:

This is the place for those of us that do all their own trip planning. Gabriella's room and breakfast are on par with any B&B that we have used during our 7week travel in Italy......nothing bad to say! Access to Venice is easy AND you have quiet without the noise of Venice water traffic.
All Good at this point......
Jeroen on Feb 2013:
It was okay. Very clean and nice breakfast. Just not super. But price and value are okay.
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Booking details
Booking details: guestroom (owner lives on premises), 1 guestroom, with 1 shared bathroom
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: must call owner upon arrival for check-in, smoking permitted, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax included in price, check-out time is 12 pm (noon)
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 Gabriella's Guestroom
Stazione Santa Lucia
Piazzale Roma
Piazza San Marco
Ponte di Rialto
Peggy Guggenheim Museum