Meet the Class of 2014 Who’s Who Women in Ecommerce™ Linda MartinezThe Beehive Hotel & Cafe and Cross-Pollinate

"Meet the Class of 2014 Who's Who Women in Ecommerce™ Linda Martinez - The Beehive Hotel & Cafe and Cross-Pollinate"In 1999, Linda and her husband Steve packed up their apartment in Los Angeles and, along with their 2 cats, moved to Rome and opened The Beehive, a unique cross between a budget hotel and an upscale hostel – a place where guests can feel at home. In 2000, Linda and her husband started their second business, Cross-Pollinate – an accommodation booking service with personally researched B&Bs, guesthouses and private apartments in 8 European cities.

Everything about The Beehive reflects Linda and her husband’s own personal values – they’re conscious about the environment, passionate about social issues, and they strive to provide a welcoming and safe haven for visitors. Linda loves to share her local knowledge by email, through her blog and social media channels. She provides the kind of insider information that helps guests get the most out of their stay in Rome while also showing them sides of the city that are more local and off the beaten tourist path.  Currently, Linda and her husband are working on expanding and opening a Beehive in Florence.

Linda’s most passionate projects are her three daughters, aged 14, 12 and 8 years old.  Her daughters also help in the family business by making one of a kind handmade cards for repeat guests and guests celebrating a special occasion as well as acting in and writing film projects with their father which include informational videos for visitors to Italy. 
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