The Beehive

A hip, eco-conscious hotel and hostel, with a garden, a yoga space, and works by local artists.

By Barbie Latza Nadeau, Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008, 5:22 PM

The Beehive

About this Hotel

Price From $92

'Hood Termini, the area surrounding Rome's main train station, is dotted with cheap sleeps and bad restaurants, but the wonderfully free-spirited Beehive rises above the fray.

First Impression A hip, eco-conscious hotel that reflects the tastes and personal touches of its owners, a couple transplanted from L.A.

Rooms Beaded lamps, surfing-inspired prints, and mod furnishings make for six appealing—and spacious—rooms. A mixed-gender dorm room sleeps up to eight. Three self-catering apartments, which share a bathroom, a kitchen, and common areas, are located about 15 minutes off-site in Esquilino, Rome's Chinatown.

Plus The pervasive sense of understated style and wellness: a garden with lemon and fig trees; an organic vegetarian café; a rotating display of works by local artists; a yoga space and classes that can be booked at no extra charge.

Minus The owners' cat, Ingmar, has free run of the place, so those with feline allergies take note. If you're looking for privacy first and foremost, the communal feeling might be off-putting.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes; Computer in common area.

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC; cash only for apartments.

Details Private rooms from $92 (€70), dorm beds from $29 (€22) per person, apartment rooms from $79 (€60).

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