I stayed at the Beehive for 12 days in December - the last stop of a three month adventure in Italy. I stayed in the dorm room and if you are on a budget, this is the place for you!
The dorm room: The bed was actually very comfortable and the all have reading lamps. The atmosphere of the entire place is friendly and welcoming and they attract great clientele. I stayed all 12 days in the 8 bed mixed dorm room and met a lot of people passing through and everyone was considerate (no turning the lights on and off at night and if people were late they were very quiet coming in). It did get a little stuffy at night but once we figured out how to turn on the ceiling fan, it was fine.
The bathrooms: All of the shared showers have dispensers with shampoo and shower gel for you (in addition to the handmade soaps you are given on your pillow). The bathrooms are super clean and if you can get the hang of Italian showers, the temperature and water pressure are great.
The staff: The staff at the Beehive are some of the most friendly, helpful people I've met in customer service. They all speak fluent English and know the area well. They are the reason that I had such a great time. If I needed anything or had a question they were able to help right away and never got impatient or annoyed with me.
The cafe: The cafe downstairs is a great meeting place to hang out with the other guests. The food is very tasty - I ate dinner and had breakfast quite a few times there. Both chefs make the food from scratch, like if you wanted pesto on your pasta, they made it fresh right in front of you! The dinner menu included pasta, salads, soups, bruschetta and other Italian treats. They also offered happy hour at 6:30pm where you got 2 drinks (wine, coffee etc) and a snack for only 4 euros.
The amenities: How nice is it to have FREE internet. Internet cafes in Italy are pretty sketchy so to be able to check your e mail in the comfort of the Beehive is a major plus. The also have a courtesy phone where you can call within Italy for FREE and you can also buy international phone cards at the front desk to call home. There is a nice lounge where you can read books or magazines (mostly English publications), sign the guest book or just hang out. The walls are decorated with personal pictures from the owners' collections so it feels very warm and homey.
I made the reservation at the Beehive after reading the reviews here and was a little bit apprehensive because I wasn't sure if it was too good to be true. Not only did the Beehive meet all the wonderful things said here, but they exceeded my expectations in every way! You arrive as a guest but I think you leave feeling like a friend.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Beehive Hotel Rome
- Beehive Rome