I got a recommendation for the Beehive from friends who had stayed there several years ago, and was also pleasantly surprised to see it listed in Rick Steves' Rome 2007. The Beehive lived up to its reputation as a *clean*, well-run hostel conveniently located 2 blocks from the Termini train station in downtown Rome.
As 2 single 50+ women travelers, we expected to be the old-timers when we checked in. We were surprised to find that we weren't the oldest by a decade or more, and were made to feel very welcome by the staff and other guests. We were also reassured by the safety measures that including an unmarked street door with electronic lock and a reception desk staffed 24/7.
The on-site cafe is vegetarian, and produces fantastic meals from a menu that changes daily. Food is fresh, organic where possible, and produced locally. Given the cost of food in Rome, the prices were very reasonable and the atmosphere was very friendly.
The free internet hook-up and local telephone service worked well. Staff were more than willing to help locate addresses and translate directions into English, as well as providing recommendations for a wash & fold laundry, internet cafe that would burn photos to a CD, and other travel services. We stayed in the dorm room, and found that the value we got was very well worth the 22 euros/night for each of us. Other guests in the private rooms told us they were also pleased with their accomodations.
I'd recommend the Beehive to anyone who is open to a hostel experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beehive is a stylish, budget, eco-conscious hotel/hostel owned by an American couple, Linda & Steve, who came to Rome to follow a dream. In 1999 we packed up our apartment in Los Angeles and, along with our 2 cats moved to Rome and opened The Beehive, a unique cross between a budget hotel and an upscale hostel - a place where you can feel at home. Everything about The Beehive Hotel reflects our own personal values - we're conscious about the environment, passionate about social issues, and genuinely want to be helpful and hospitable. We love to share the kind of information that helps you get the most out of your travels. Over the years The Beehive has evolved along with us and our many repeat guests. With our amazing onsite staff and manager, all of our guests receive our dedication and effort to helping you get the best out of your holiday. As always, we want you to know you have a safe haven and friends in Rome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Beehive Hotel Rome
- Beehive Rome