• 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: dormitory rooms, "Classic" private rooms with sinks & shared bathrooms, "Sweets" private rooms with ensuite bathroom and AC, and an offsite Annex with private rooms with ensuite bathroom and AC. Other areas include our courtyard garden where our guests can relax and where we host many events, a vegetarian cafe where we serve breakfast daily as well as weekly family-style dinners and cooking classes, and a cozy lounge for reading and socialising.

    Dorm Rooms

    The Hive - not a party hostel

    We have one 4 bed, mixed gender dorm room and two female only dorm rooms. Towel provided free by request. Bed 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

    Classic, Sweets and Annex rooms are our three different room types. All rooms have safes for valuables and either ceiling fans or AC, private ensuite bathroom or sink in the room, and can be made up as double beds or singles depending on the room type. Rooms are simple, bright, colourful and cheery with artistic and personal touches. All guests have access to a communal fridge or mini-fridge depending on the room type. Towels and toiletries are provided. Please note that towels & linens are not changed daily.

    Cafe & Kitchen

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

    The Beehive's cafe is vegetarian and mostly organic. We make homemade bread 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. Three times a week we have family-style dinners based on donation - a fun & delicious way to meet other guests. We have a reasonably priced pasta making class every Thursday. Limited kitchen use for guests with a refrigerator, microwave, kettle, plates, glasses, and cutlery, but no stovetop cooking facilities.


    Not just a place to stay

    While we're not a party hostel, we have activities several times a week for our guests to socialize with each other, and with certain events, with Rome locals as well. It's up to you to decide how social (or not) you choose to be.

    • Storytellers Rome - once a month we hold a popular monthly storytelling event in English
    • Cucina Karmica - family-style dinners Mon, Wed, Fri 7:30pm
    • Tuesday pizza night  
    • Yoga Wednesdays (in our garden during warm weather months) 6pm
    • Neighborhood orientation tour
    • Thursday pasta making class with Steve 6:30pm (sign-up required) 
    • Instatour 


    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 almost 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. We use eco-friendly cleaning products, recycle, use LED lighting, recycled toilet paper, hand towels & napkins, collect clothes and toiletries to donate to the homeless, support refugee initiatives and much more. For podcasts and articles about us, click here.

    A Day Out with Linda & Other Tours

    What about a person instead of an app?

    Wish you had a local friend in Italy to personally guide you to the sights you want to visit, take you to their favorite places, make sure you eat really well or just make life easier while you're here? Linda would be happy to share her love & enthusiasm for Rome doing things she suggests or specific requests you may have and show you either her Rome or help you discover your own side of Rome. She's not a tour guide, but she'll be your personal navigator or if you want to be more independent she can also help you plan behind the scenes. For more information & pricing check out my page. If you want a more historical tour, we work with several small group walking tour companies that we can recommend and which also give our guests a discount with a promo code. 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.

  • 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 host wine evenings, cooking classes and 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 garden or simply sit quietly underneath our banyan tree and experience a respite from the chaos of Rome.

  • Bee social

    The Beehive is not only a place to sleep, it's 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.

  • Location

    We're two blocks 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.


  • instant bookings - Book direcT


    • Our reception closes at 11pm (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 reserve the right to request full payment in advance for stays of 5 nights or more, from groups or reserving multiple rooms. 
    • Reservations are made with a credit card number as a guarantee only. Payment is made on arrival except as noted above.
    • Age restriction:  No children under 6 years of age.