Via Marghera 8, 00185, Rome, Lazio, Italy
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Trendiness
Best for On a budget - Expert review of The Beehive
One of the first hotels in the Eternal City to apply the ‘contemporary upmarket hostel’ approach, The Beehive is a colourful, great -value guest house near the station run by a Rome-based American couple. With attractive design details and a laudable eco-agenda, this is both hotel and hostel, organic café and art gallery, library and meeting space. They also have three apartments for rent nearby, and have set up their own agency, www.cross-pollinate.com, offering several more apartments for rent in Rome, Florence, Paris and Barcelona; not bad for a couple who only moved to Rome at the end of the nineties.
It’s literally a one-minute walk from the Via Marsala side entrance of Termini station. Great if you’re arriving by train or on the shuttle bus from Ciampino, which stops in Via Marsala; not ideal if you want to be in Rome’s historic centre. But as you would expect from its proximity to the station, The Beehive is extremely well connected: the metro means you can be in Piazza di Spagna in around ten minutes. And though it has its share of downmarket cafes and fast food joints, the surrounding area also has some decent restaurants and wine bars.
The seven private rooms (six doubles and one triple) are done out in funky fabrics with details (like the Kartell chairs) that will appeal to design buffs. Walls are minimalist white, floors feature the stone tiles of old Roman apartments – a little chilly if you like to walk around barefoot. Bathrooms are shared, but by way of compensation they come with handmade soaps and bath products, and there’s a sink in each room. There’s no air-con but there are ceiling fans, and free WiFi and free phone calls to Italian land lines are included in the very reasonable rates. There’s also a single, mixed-gender dorm room which sleeps eight in four bunk beds. The Beehive’s three cheerful apartments are situated on the other side of the railtracks in the Piazza Vittorio area; one has four bedrooms, the other two three. They are often rented out on a single-bedroom basis: if you are offered this option on booking, remember that you will be sharing what is basically an independent apartment with complete strangers – not to everyone’s taste.
There’s a small garden where owners Steve and Linda grow their own herbs and fruit, and a lounge-library with internet computer terminals for use by guests and a range of international newspapers and magazines. All are WiFi zones.
A generous organic, vegetarian breakfast is served in the hotel’s café, which is also open (until 1pm) for Sunday brunch. This is not included in the room rate; you pay according to what you consume, as in a regular café.
This tends to be better if Steve and Linda themselves are around, but it’s pretty helpful overall. One bonus is the informative “Beehive Recommends” guide to restaurants, bars and attractions, which you can download from the hotel website before arrival.
Everyone from backpackers to families.
Rates are totally upfront, with occasional supplements applying on certain peak days like Easter Sunday. Rates do not include breakfast.
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- Via Marghera 8, 00185, Rome, Lazio, Italy
- Termini station