• The Beehive Hostel Rome

  • Welcome to The Beehive

    We're Linda & Steve and we moved to Rome in 1999 with 2 cats and a Swiss Army knife to start our hostel, The Beehive. We have room types to fit a variety of travel styles and budgets: from dormitory rooms to private rooms with shared or private bathroom. Other areas include our courtyard garden where our guests can relax and where we host many events, a small vegetarian cafe where we serve breakfast daily as well as weekly family-style dinners and cooking classes, and a cozy lounge for reading and socializing.

    Dorm Rooms

    The Hive - not a party hostel

    We have both mixed gender dorm rooms and female only dorm rooms. Towels are available for rental for €1 (small) or €2 (large). Beds are made up for your arrival. Bathrooms are all shared. All beds have personal reading lights and outlets with USB ports. Guests each get a small individual locker with a key for small valuables.

    Private Rooms

    Comfort & Style on a budget

    The Beehive Hostel, The Beehive Upstairs and The Beehive Sweets are our three different room types. All rooms have safes and depending on the room type there are either ceiling fans or AC, shared or ensuite bathrooms or sink in the room, and can be made up as double beds or with 2 singles depending on the room type. For full description, view photos and room descriptions on our reservation page. 

    Cafe & Kitchen

    Organic, vegetarian breakfasts, family-style dinners, pasta making

    The Beehive's small cafe is vegetarian and as organic as possible. We make our own homemade sourdough bread, bagels, pastries, and cakes and use organic, free-trade coffee. No buffet here, food is prepped to order. The cafe is open to guests as well as the public. See the menu here. IMPORTANT: Please note that we do not have full kitchen use for guests, but we do offer limited self-catering with a refrigerator, microwave, kettle, plates, glasses, and cutlery, but no stovetop cooking facilities. See "Events" below for cafe/kitchen events.


    Not just a place to stay

    Our social focus is good food, wine, and meaningful & fun conversation. We have activities several times a week for our guests to socialize with each other, other travelers and Rome locals as well. It's up to you to decide how social (or not) you choose to be.


    All of our personal suggestions of places to eat and things to see & do

    A trip is only made great if you receive (and use) excellent advice and recommendations. Our app contains two decades worth of curated suggestions, compiled by our own experience of living in this city and of staying informed about what's new & relevant. We believe strongly in sharing our advice so whether you're here for 1 day or 1 week, we want you to eat well and experience the best of Rome. Download the app here

    Ecological and ethical

    The Beehive is also an extension of who we are.

    As environmentalists, social justice activists and vegetarians, we don't just talk the talk but extend our beliefs into our business and have been doing so for the past decade. We use eco-friendly cleaning products, recycle, use LED lighting, recycled toilet paper, hand towels & napkins, collect clothes and toiletries to donate to the local refugee center and much more. For podcasts and articles about us, click here.

    Walks with Linda & Other Tours

    What about a person instead of an app?

    With 20+ years in hospitality, travel & tourism in Rome and Italy in general, Linda has a wealth of information she freely shares with guests at the front desk. For a more curated, detailed and personal experience, Linda is available for private walks of Rome and Orvieto and also private outings by car in the surrounding countryside of Orvieto & southern Tuscany. For more information & pricing, check out her page. If you want a historical tour with a licensed guide, we work with several small-group walking tour companies that we recommend and which also give our guests a discount with a promo code. We also work with companies that offer everything from food to sketching to scooter tours. Send us an email for more information or check at reception during your stay.


  • What's it like?

    Words can only say so much. Here's a look at The Beehive from the inside.

    (We like to eat!)

  • Comfort zones

    Vegetarian Cafe & Kitchen

    We offer organic, vegetarian breakfast daily from 7:30-10:30am. You won’t find instant coffee, watered down orange juice and bland white bread toast here. We make all of our own bread, bagels and croissants and breakfast is made to order. We host cooking classes and homemade family-style dinners. We have limited kitchen use for guests with refrigerator, kettle, microwave, and cutlery.


    Adjacent to the café is The Beehive's small, homey lounge. Surrounded by photos of our daughters and our friends, it's a cozy place to relax, play the guitar or a board game, check e-mail, read or work on travel plans. Free internet on our guest iPad and free WiFi network.


    Drinks from our café are available all day so head outside with a coffee or a glass of wine. Enjoy conversation in our green & peaceful courtyard garden or simply sit quietly underneath our beloved banyan tree and experience a respite from the chaos of Rome.

  • Bee social

    The Beehive is not only a place to sleep, but it's also a place to meet and interact with guests from around the world as well as our local community. It's where we share our passions and interests. Check out and follow Linda's Instagram account which is about life in Rome and Orvieto at @thebeehiverome

  • Location

    We're just two blocks, about 5 minutes walk from Rome's central station (Roma Termini),

    20 minute walk to the Colosseum or Trevi Fountain,

    well connected by metro and bus to the entire city.

    For printable directions, click here. Do not follow Google Maps!


  • Booking conditions


    • Our reception hours are 07:00-23:00/11pm and we close at 23:00.  We cannot accept late arrivals. Once checked in, you are given keys to come & go as you like.
    • Do not make a reservation if your flight arrives into Rome after 9pm/21:00 as you will not reach us before reception closes. We cannot make arrangements for late arrivals.  
    • We open our calendar for availability/reservations 6 months prior. For example, for dates in October our calendar opens on 1 April. 
    • We reserve the right to request full payment in advance for stays of 5 nights or more, from groups or reserving multiple rooms. Pre-payment for these types of bookings are non-refundable and non-changeable.  
    • Reservations are made with a credit card number as a guarantee only. Payment is made on arrival except as noted above. Pre-authorizations are sometimes made to check card validity and the availability of funds but are not charged. 
    • No large groups. Contact us if you are unsure whether or not we could host you if you are more than 3 people.
    • Cancellation & Changes: we must receive 3 days notice in order to cancel or change a reservation without penalty. Late arrivals after 23:00/11pm will find a closed reception and will be charged a penalty.  

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