Located in a fine neighborhood just few steps from Termini station, the eco-conscious Beehive Hotel & Hostel is a tranquil oasis in the heart of Rome. With much more of an intimate and family feel, it isn’t your usual party hostel to stay up late and go wild. The hostel is a nice place to relax after exploring the city all day. After all, it’s what every travelers look for in an accommodation, right? Let us take you to a home away from home in the middle of the fast-paced city of Rome.
With its yellow colored building, blue front desk table, family portraits adorning the hallways, the hostel instantly gives you that bright homey feeling upon entrance. The family run property built in 1999 is owned by a beautiful (and the most humble!) American couple named Linda and Steve. Too bad, I haven’t met Linda as I got sick in Rome 🙁 But Jeremiah met her and he only have good words about this couple! Luckily, I met Steve when checking in and he kindly assisted us to our room. They’re very hands-on and warm with their guests, something that we’ve seen for the first time in a hostel. They made us feel very at home! Not only with the warm welcome but of the homey vibe from the facilities available.
From the name, you will know that the Beehive Ho[s]tel is not only a hostel with dorms which is quirky called “The Hive” (with female only dorms) but also a hotel (Hotel Urbe) with amazingly spacious rooms in guesthouses, and apartments named “Cross Pollinate” which is perfect for families. Certainly, the Beehive has something to offer to suite every traveler’s style and budget.
We stayed in “The Sweets”double bed room with air condition and a bathroom outside which we considered private since we can lock it if we want to. The Sweets have its own entrance and sharing a communal area with a kitchen, dining and living area dedicated for those who are staying in this part of the building. Our room is so roomy and spotlessly clean with a private balcony! There’s an open shelf to hang our clothes, a hair dryer in a dressing table and a safe. The bed was very comfortable that my husband doesn’t want to get up when it’s time for breakfast. I can’t really blame him as the Beehive has that tranquil atmosphere that made us relax from the madness of a month long travel.
The bathroom is small which we found usual in Europe looks very clean and comes with a shower. Toiletries are complete with shampoo, shower gel and soap which are all handmade/organic.
- Café – A great facility of the Beehive is their excellent organic and vegetarian café situated in the basement – an intimate yet social dining space. Though it is not included in the room price, it is a real treat where you can enjoy home-cooked made to order breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30. Everything from omelettes to yogurts and granola or organic oatmeal or cold breakfast like cereals and muesli are offered here. They also have fun nights like a Teatime Tuesday, wine and cheese Wednesday or family-style dinners on Thursdays.
- Lounge – On the same basement with the café there’s a lounge where guests can have an absolute relaxation and peace. With its soft white lighting, family photos of the owners hanged on the walls, an array of good books, comfortable leather sofa while a mellow music is playing on the background, a free-to-use guest iPad and desk with high chairs and tables, plus coffee, tea, wine and beer available all day – the lounge is clearly designed to give every guest an ultimate place of relaxation.
- Garden – While the café and lounge were something to admire, our favorite would be the little oasis garden full of vegetation and colorful seating areas, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or just lazing around and conversations with other travelers. It was amazing to be surrounded by nature in a city like Rome.
- Kitchen – The common kitchen which is available for those who stayed in “The Sweets” is equipped with basic kitchen amenities. It has a dining table and a long sofa.
- Free WIFI – In every corner, the internet connection is absolutely fast in the Beehive.
Staff & Service
As I’ve mentioned above, this is a family run hostel so you can expect a family treatment which we felt along our stay. We met Ria, the lovely receptionist who clearly inherit the owners’ kindness and professionalism. The Beehive is truly an oasis not only because of the family vibe, spacious rooms, organic homemade breakfast, beautiful garden and lounge but because of the warm treatment you get from the staff and its owners. From the moment they received us up to leaving its door, which was so hard to do as this was our last accommodation from our month long travel! 🙁 – everything was taken care of with promptness and willingness. Thank you so much Linda and Steve! 🙂
As mentioned above, the Beehive is a sure favorite among leisure travelers because of its great location. Just two blocks from the Termini station and you can visit everything in the city! A lot of cafes and restaurants are nearby the area too. They also have a Rome travel guide and a downloadable app curated by locals which works offline – check it here.
Below are the nearby attractions following a walking trail via Google map if you are staying in The Beehive. Note that it’s not all the places we’ve been to in Rome. I’ll be sharing a detailed guide soon with Google maps, walking directions, timings, everything that would be helpful.
Google map directions here.
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria – 15 mins.
Museo e Cripta dei Frati Cappuccini – 8 mins.
Campo de’ Fiori – 26 mins.
Tiber Island – 12 mins.
Mouth of Truth – 7 mins.
Baths of Caracalla – 19 mins.
Google map directions here.
Basilica of Saint Mary Major – 6 mins.
Colosseum – 6 mins.
Roman Forum – 5 mins.
Trajan Column – 5 mins.
Pantheon – 4 mins.
Piazza Navona – 10 mins.
Castel Sant’Angelo – 6 mins.
St. Peter’s Basilica – 5 mins.
Vatican Museums – 6 mins.
Google map directions here.
Forum of Augustus – 26 mins.
Trevi Fountain – 11 mins.
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi – 14 mins.
Santa Maria della Pace – 6 mins.
Villa Borghese Garden – 20 mins.
Prices in the dorms “The Hive” starts at € 35 per night while “The Sweets” with a private bathroom and common kitchen cost € 90 per night. Of course the price depends on the season of your visit. Make sure to book earlier as they get fully booked most of the time! Also, it’s absolutely cheaper booking directly on their official website than any other third booking sites. Check here for their complete list of rooms and rates.
With the homey vibe, kind staff/owners and relax atmosphere, not being a party hostel, it’s certainly our favorite among the hostels that we stayed in this month long travel to Europe. We’re the type of travelers who would be visiting sites and explore the city all day or night and wants to come home to a place that actually feels home. The addition of its superb location, organic homemade food, chill lounge and beautiful garden definitely made it like a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city.
The Beehive Hostel, Rome
*We were guests of the Beehive, but as always all opinions are entirely our own.