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February 20, 2013

The Beehive Hotel & Hostel, Rome review

 

 

Right next to Termini station, this eco-conscious hostel-meets hotel in Rome is an oasis of calm in this fast paced city, complete with garden and a basement organic ,Vegetarian café that offers generous portions of locally sourced, home cooked goodness.

 

Reception and hallway, The Beehive, Rome. Photos courtesy of the Beehive.

Reception and hallway, The Beehive, Rome. Photos courtesy of the Beehive.

 

Location

 

Just 2 blocks-hop skip and jump from Rome’s Termini Station lies one of the friendliest corners of Rome- The Beehive Rome.

 

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Rooms and Bathrooms

 

The hotel offers a choice of private rooms  ( some with the option of private bathrooms ),an 8 bed dormitory alongside guestrooms with self-catering facilities off-site – there’s an option here to suit every type of traveller and budget.

The dorm rooms are clean, with good light and spacious plus you have your own personal lockers which are sturdy and have plenty of space for valuables. Double rooms have bright colours, beaded lamps, huge windows that breathe in light,  lots of wardrobe space plus come your own private sink and locally sourced, handmade vegetable soaps.

Common shared bathrooms are plentiful, clean and well maintained.

Self-catering apartments come with a kitchen and private bathroom.

 

Garden, The Beehive Rome

Fountain in the private garden of The Beehive, Rome. Photo courtesy of The Beehive, Rome.

 

Facilities

The place is a hybrid of a hostel and a holistic retreat -perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring Rome.

 

Lounge, Beehive Rome

Lounge, The Beehive Rome

 

The common lounge has a huge mac desktop for browsing the internet plus a nice selection of travel guides and books.  Free wifi here is excellent. Steve, the owner is a keen photographer and has a fantastic collection of framed photographs adorning the walls for guests to enjoy.

 

Garden, The Beehive Rome. Photo courtesy of the Beehive Rome.

Garden, The Beehive Rome. Photo courtesy of the Beehive Rome.

 

 

The garden area is a blissful oasis of calm-the kind of place where you can linger for hours, speaking to guests drinking wine and losing track of time. Staff are friendly and attentive. Owners are passionate locals and have some great tips to share to make your stay more enjoyable ( + they have created their free guide to Rome which you can download from the Beehive website) like recommending the best gelataria in town- a subject of fiery debate amongst the Romans.

 

Organic Vegetarian Cafe, The Beehive Rome

Organic Vegetarian Cafe, The Beehive Rome

 

The real added bonus of staying here is the excellent basement organic, vegetarian café. Breakfast is not included in the room price but if you do splash out, it is a real treat where you can enjoy everything from omelettes to yoghurts and granola or organic oatmeal with apple pieces and honey- great way to start the day. Vegan chef extraordinaire, Aimee Jackson helps prepare the weekly Vegan Aperitivo Buffet where locals and guests drop in tuck into treats like homemade hummus, besan chella, grilled veggies plus within the price you are offered a glass of wine or local artisan beer. The aperitivo takes place in on Wednesday and Saturday evenings between 7 & 9:30pm and costs just 8 euros

 

Verdict

I stayed in the dorm room which is not ensuite but the shared bathrooms are plentiful and clean so I really didn’t miss not  having my own bathroom. Plus I wasn’t too fussed about not having a free breakfast. I loved the contemporary design element of the place like the Phillipe Starck inspired chairs at the reception, warm coloured interiors, Steve’s beautiful portraits and facilities like the basement organic café and their beautiful outdoor garden.  Most of all, my enduring memory of this place is meeting awesome people here like Steve and Aimee so if you like places with a personal touch and attention to detail- then Beehive is the place to stay for you in Rome.

 

To book

Book at http://www.the-beehive.com/

Beds in dorm start from £23 , Doubles from £70 per room, per night.

 

Getting here

From Termini station take the exit of Via Marghera.  The hostel is a 5 minute straight walk from that exit, just 2 blocks away on the corner of via dei Mille and via Marghera at via Marghera, 8 on the left side of the street.

 

Via Marghera 8 | 00185 Rome, Italy | tel. +39 0644704553 | [email protected]

August 23, 2011

We ask the budget travel experts: Q&A with Sean O’ Neill

 

Every month, we’ll be interviewing the best and leading budget travel experts from across the world on the BudgetTraveller.

This month’s on the hotseat is the Mr Budgetastic Sean O’ Neill , contributing editor to the brilliant Budget Travel magazine.

Say hello to Sean on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sean_oneill

 

How would you define Budget Travel?

 

Budget Travel, for me, is a mix of two things: scoring deals, which is fun in and of itself, and truly immersing yourself in a foreign culture, which you can’t do if you’re sitting on 300-thread-count sheets in a generic international chain hotel.

The thrill of the hunt for deals can be a point of pride: why pay more than you have to?

I also find I have a much easier time getting to know a place and making friends if I’m visiting the hangouts and restaurants and galleries that locals actually go to, instead of the places that tend to be featured in glossy magazines like, say, Tatler or Vogue.

 

What is your favourite destination in Europe and why?

 

Dreamy Streets of Rome. Courtesy of Pedro http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedroqtc/

 

 

London is the city you marry, Rome is the city you have an affair with.

London is the centre of global culture and has the world’s best museums and restaurants. It never disappoints me in revealing fresh ideas about how life might be lived and business might be done.

Yet Rome is an illicit lover, and the world’s most talented at that. I’ve visited Rome 11 times in the past decade. Yes, it’s partly for clichéd tourism experiences, but sometimes the clichés are a lot of fun:

Four-hour lunches in piazzas.

Wolf-whistling from Vespas.

Admiring world’s best ancient and modern art, architecture, and opera.

History echoes more loudly in Rome than elsewhere in Europe, given that the ancient city is a template for so much of our lives, from its houses of worship to its aqueducts (which are still carrying water 2,000 years after they were built).

 

What’s the hottest Budget Travel tip that you’ve recently discovered and dying to share with our readers?

 

Tripping.com is an awesome way to set up a homestay with locals in about 130 countries, and homestays are a great way to truly immerse yourself in the local culture, make friends, and stay within your budget.

Tripping stands out for having a stronger vetting system than other sites that try to be the “Facebook of Travel.”

It offers to arrange for a face-to-face Skype call to ask users to hold up their passport and prove their address before validating their accounts.

 

Where can you get the best value in Europe this summer? Your top three spots.

 

Tallinn may have a reputation as Stag Party Central these days, but it’s a large enough city that you can avoid the obnoxious tourists, who tend to stay in small district.

Tallinn is Europe’s Capital of Culture this year, so there’s a ton of free, worthwhile events this summer.

While you’re there, be sure to try Cafe V, an Indian restaurant in a nightclub. http://cafevs.ee/

Dublin’s on sale. The online travel sites say it has the lowest nightly rate of any capital city in Europe.

The Irish are Europe’s friendliest people, hands down, if you treat them right.

Lisboa

Lisbon has an amazing nightlife and it’s also affordable: an all-day transit pass goes for 3.50 euros, and easyJet set up a base there recently, so there are lots of cheap tickets. Fascinating architecture, great food, and a vibrant nightlife scene.

 

What is worst piece of advice you’ve been given on your travels?

 

“Bring your computer.”

It interfered with my ability to experience the place I was visiting.

 

What’s the next stop on your travels?

 

Belfast.

For its ace pubs and the “craic,” which is an untranslatable word for enjoyable good times

 


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