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“A hippie sanctuary in Rome!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Beehive
Ranked #6 of 1,067 Specialty Lodging in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A hippie sanctuary in Rome!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2008

The Beehive was a little "granola" for my husband and I, but we still enjoyed our stay. If you are looking for a very cheap, but centrally located place with the bare ammenities, you will love the Beehive.

We stayed in a double room with a shared bathroom. Everything was very clean in the bedroom. It literally was a bed, a standing armoire, one chair and a sink. We were fine with this because, really, when traveling in Europe, you're out of the room more than you're in it. The bed was hard as a rock, but we were so exhausted by the second night we didn't care. The one thing I would change was the ridiculously small form-over-function wall mirror (it was one of those "sunburst" mirrors). Since you get ready in your room, it would be helpful if they provided a larger mirror.

The shared bathrooms were fine. The water pressure was terrible, but that's fairly common in Rome. We never had to wait , which was a primary concern.

The cafe has excellent food for breakfast, but they have this weird commune system of negotiating the price of your meal with the chef. We didn't care for that. Just tell me the price and I'll pay it.
The people were not friendly. They were very perfuntory and were not interested in conversation and weren't terribly helpful. If that's important to you, buyer beware.

The best part is the location which is about a one minute walk to the Termini Train station. We could hop on and off the metro and zip around town so easily from The Beehive.

For the price and it's cleanliness, you can't beat it, which is why I give it an above-average score.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Very Small
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank herberga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2008

You may be tempted to choose the Beehive because of price. Good enough reason but you'll be so pleased with your choice because of the great location, clean rooms, excellent staff and the cheerful atmosphere. Ingmar the cat adds to the experience.

Stayed October 2008
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Thank psnewman
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Wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2008

The Beehive was the best value place we stayed during our three weeks in Italy. It was very close to the main train station within walking distance to most attractions (except the Vatican which is an easy metro ride from the station). Unlike most places in Italy it is modern and spotlessly clean. The Beehive guide (1 Euro) was invaluable with heaps of great recommendations about where to eat and what to do.

However, the best place we found to eat was at Beehive cafe, the best food on our trip so far. You must try and French Toast and the Barley Salad if they are on the menu. Free internet and wifi, comfy couches and even a few English books and guidebooks.

The courtyard was lovely and shady to sit in the afternoons. The only downside was our room was rather warm but the ceiling fan meant it was not a problem.

I wish everywhere we stayed was like the Beehive and I am really regretting not having scrambled egges for breakfast when I had the chance.

  • Liked — The cafe
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank sunshine545
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Beehive in June and it was HOT! Hot not only because of the weather (38oC plus), but hot because we stayed in room 1 and we discovered the hot water system was hiding behind the colourful cupboard doors. No dramas, we just slept with the windows open and ear plugs in.

Other than this little problem, our stay was incredibly pleasant.. The diabetic and adorable cat Ingmar truly is the star of the show, as I am sure the owners hear all the time! The location is central, you can see the Termini sign from the street, with a courtyard to relax in while Rome keeps going. There is also an on site cafe (excellent and value for money), free internet and a lounge area with books (and the cat). The little booklet they produce (which you can buy there or print out beforehand from the net), has heaps of information, and we really benefited from the insights it gave us. A little restaurant called Marco Polo was second to none on our whole trip in Italy. Also, the visit to the Capcuscin Monks was interesting....

Rome was so hot, but the fountains were a god send! If visiting the Colosseum, you just rock up and get into a guided tour (which includes entry to Colosseum and the Roman Forum). Transport was easy - buying an all day metro pass was value for money and the trains stop pretty much outside major sites or just a little walk away. Rome has quite a small centre anyway. Vatican - visit in the afternoon around 2-2.30pm to see the museums we walked straight in, but St Peters was really busy. All in all, we enjoyed Rome, and the Beehive made it better, as we could just relax between walking trips in an area that wasnt our bedroom!

  • Liked — Ingmar, lounge and courtyard area, cafe, location
  • Disliked — lack of air conditioning
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank mezzagirl
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Martinez, CA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2008

I have been back for nearly 3 months now from a trip my friend and I made to Italy. We were there for 2 weeks and stayed in 4 different locations. The first place we stayed was Rome and were fortunate enough to get a reservation at The Beehive. We loved our stay there. It was very comfortable. We enjoyed eating in their organic vegetarian cafe and using the free internet to contact family members at home. The young lady in the cafe the first morning we were there was very sweet. She helped us with directions to the village called Calcata, which most people knew nothing about. The owner Linda was kind enough to book reservations at the Accademia and Uffizi in Florence for us. Every time I sent e-mails with questions she responded quickly and was always helpful. The accomodations were very nice and clean. The staff was helpful especially the day we were leaving to go to the Vatican when I asked the receptionist if I could wear the particular skirt I had on to the Vatican she stated no. So I went back and changed because I would have hated to have been turned away. It was the little touches that made our stay so wonderful; the homemade soaps, the garden, family photos in the lounge and meeting Ingmar their cat. The location was very convenient, just 2 blocks from the main Termini. We also could walk to Trevi Fountain. Looking forward to my next trip to Italy. I will definitely stay at The Beehive again. Thank you to Linda and the staff for a wonderful experience on my first trip to Italy. Ciao.

  • Liked — organic vegetarian cafe
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank dtinker3
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Montreal
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2008

They say not to go to Rome in August - they are correct! Very hot and very humid!
Beehive checkin was seamless, we were a group of 13 adults & teenagers. They let us leave our luggage fro the day after a 5-minute walk from Termini train station.
Clover & Millefiore apartments were great. Clean, well-equipped. Clover has no common sitting area, but big kitchen, ceiling fans in bedrooms were fine against the heat. Not air-conditioned, but helped lots. Millefiore stilll undergoing renovations, but fine.
Perfect for families and groups, Close to train and Metro. Guest books full of useful tips.

  • Liked — location & price
  • Stayed August 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank MontrealShopper
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Wellington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2008

I agree with previous review - surly receptionist who could not be bothered with tourists. It is good value for money, with great food and clean rooms. Ideal location from central train station.

But - and this is a big but - it is way too hot in summer with no AC. Our room did not go below 26 degrees at night, and no rooms with AC are available. I would never again stay in Rome in summer without AC!

  • Liked — Free Internet Access
  • Disliked — No AC, Unhelpful staff
  • Stayed July 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Tourist48
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Property: The Beehive
Address: Via Marghera 8, 00185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 1,067 Specialty Lodging in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beehive is a cool, stylish, eco-friendly budget hostel/hotel 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 reflects our own personal values and we 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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