My husband and I recently stayed at the Beehive in late November. We spent part of our time in the main hotel and part of the time in the Montefiore apartment. We were generally pleased with the hotel and apartment. They were clean and quiet and in close proximity to the train station. I would recommend the Beehive to anyone looking for inexpensive and convenient accommodations in Rome. However, the recommendation is subject to the following caveats.
First, and what I believe is most important, THE BEEHIVE ONLY ACCEPTS CASH AS PAYMENT. And they ask for the cash up front upon check-in, which meant that for a ten day stay we had to carry 700 Euro (approximately $1000) from the States to Rome. After witnessing some tourists get pickpocketed at the Forum, and knowing that such an experience is not altogether too uncommon, I find the policy disappointing. I would have preferred to be given the option to pay cash or pay slightly more to a use credit card in order to protect ourselves against petty crime.
Second, their so-called "concierge" service leaves much to be desired. For example, we asked for tickets to the opera, and were told to make those arrangements ourselves. Also, the staff members were not always "native" English speakers, so there were times where miscommunication occurred.
In my opinion, "concierge" is really a misnomer. To me, they functioned more like typical front desk staff that you would encounter at any average hotel.
Finally, there are no private bathrooms. If private bathrooms are an important feature for you, this is not the hotel to stay at.
As a final note, we preferred staying in the apartment to staying in the hotel. It was quieter and closer (though only slightly) to most of the main attractions.
- 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