Cross-Pollinate was founded in Rome, Italy in 2000 by an expatriate American couple, Linda and Steve, who packed up their apartment in Los Angeles and moved to Rome in 1999 to open an upscale hostel/hotel called The Beehive. Following their immediate success, they began Cross-Pollinate as a way to manage the overflow of demand that their small Beehive couldn't accommodate. Devoted to helping people and feeling a sense of responsibility for their recommendations, they sought out small, family run B&Bs, spare rooms, and private apartments as collaborators. What began as a handful of recommendations in Rome has grown to hundreds of private apartments, B&Bs and guestrooms in some of Europe's most amazing cities: Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, London, Lisbon and Istanbul. Cross-Pollinate is a handful of people who travel around and find cool places to stay. They inspect them, review them, and make sure the owners are ok to work with, so they can be accountable for their recommendations.
"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 the excellent service provided to its clients" (SP, March 2013)
"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 web sights. I just wish they expanded to every city in Europe. Their knowledge, helpfulness etc was second to none" (Caroline Collis, march 2013)