The Beehive Eco-Conscious, Boutique Hotel & Hostel in Rome

Beehive Rome Review
The Beehive is an eco-conscious, stylish, boutique hostel slash hotel. It's well-located in the centre of Rome. 

It's run by an American couple, and offers lots of different types of rooms. I wrote to them in December and asked if they were willing to work with bloggers. They replied and said that they were but that my blog seemed to be more about house sitting than hotel/hostel reviews and they asked how that would fit in. I appreciated their honest query (I feel like other owners would have just ignored my email or replied with an outright no). So I replied and said that whilst most of my readers are house sitters (or home owners), house sitting doesn't always mean back-to-back accommodation and my readers are curious about eco-conscious places to stay in between times. So they agreed to work with me lol.

I stayed for two nights and this is what I thought:

Review of the Beehive Hostel Rome

Check-in at the Beehive

Upon booking, I was pre-warned by The Beehive that the location is a little tricky to find. However, thanks to their perfect directions it was a piece of cake, (or should I say pezzo di torta). Located just two blocks from Termini (the main train station in Rome), it was super easy to get to too. The Beehive is on Via dei Mille and Marghera and there is a large, colourful Beehive sign: 

You can't miss it.

I was welcomed by Yulie, who was nice. She showed me the cafe and lounge and then took me over to my room.

My Room at the Beehive Rome

There are four different types of rooms at the Beehive:
  • Classic: rooms with a shared bathroom; 
  • The Sweets: rooms with private en-suites; 
  • The Hive: dorm beds  and 
  • Other Honey: rooms with a shared kitchen.

I stayed in the Sweets. I had a spacious, bright room with a private en-suite. There was free (super duper fast) wifi, a safe in my room and a shared kitchen with fridge and kettle available to use. 

Although the kitchen isn't fully equipped (no cooker or microwave), it was still a great asset. It had everything I needed to make tea and even sandwiches. One of the bad things about travel is not always having a place to prepare food but the Sweets at the Beehive has a place and it really helped to make me feel at home. 

They also have an iPad for Sweets guests to use! This was another thoughtful touch: 

The wifi itself really was excellent, the upload speed was very impressive (important for me as I was a vloggers at the time) 

My room had air-con, which I did not need as it was December, but if you are visiting the Hive in summer, I would highly recommend either the Sweets or the other rooms which have AC (trust me, you will be needing it, Rome without air-con in the summer is hard). 

I especially liked the small balcony, although it was December the weather was beautiful in Rome and it was a great place to hang out and have a cup of coffee.

In the en-suite bathroom there were organic, plant-based soap and shampoos - further proof that they are eco-friendly.

Location of the Beehive

The location of the Beehive is very central and was what initially attracted me to it (like bees to a beehive). The Beehive is just two blocks from Termini - the central train station in Rome that's not just the hub for reaching the rest of Rome, but also the whole of Italy.

This also means that the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Trevi Fountain are only a 20 minute walk away, with plenty of cool things to see on the way. 

I spent my first day at the hive exploring the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: 

Basically, the Beehive is in a great place for sight seeing in Rome. I don't know about you, but apart from food, sightseeing is my number one priority when I'm in Rome.

Chill Out Areas at the Beehive

All guests at the Beehive have access to the garden and the lounge - two cute little spots perfect for hanging out and meeting fellow travellers. 

The lounge also had an iPad for guests to use

Vegetarian Menu at the Beehive

Although a stay at the Beehive does not include breakfast, you can still add breakfast to your stay. Being an eco-conscious hotel & hostel, their menu is vegetarian with lots of vegan options too. 

They also serve beer and organic local wine throughout the day and evening - 2 Euros a glass or 8 Euros a bottle. 

Additionally, they also offer vegan and vegetarian cooking classes. 

Whilst I don't think vegetarianism is really eco-conscious (I think it needs to be vegan in order for it to be eco-conscious), I do recognise that vegetarianism is an important resting point for people on their way to veganism. 

Other Rooms at the Beehive

The Sweets are actually in a separate building to the Classic, the Hive and the reception. 

The Classic was similar to our room, but with a shared bathroom: 

The hive was a fancy type of dorm, again with shared bathroom:

Further information on the Beehive

To see more of my room and the surrounding areas, check out my old vlog:

Conclusion: review of the Beehive Rome

Thumbs up from the Travelling Weasels

The Beehive really does live up to its description: it was super eco-conscious with its almost vegan menu, organic wines and soaps; it was boutique; and it toed that sweet line between budget and comfort. Add to that a great central location in Rome and you can see why I would recommend this place.

Disclaimer: Travelling Weasels were invited as guests of the Beehive, but as always, all opinions are our own. We would never recommend anything we haven't personally tried and loved, because that would damage our credibility. 

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