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Marsala - Termini: The Beehive

Via Marghera 8
www.the-beehive.com

Reviewed by: shel003 from NY, review #2878

When: September 2008

Great experience at a Great hotel for a Great price.

The goal of the beehive is to provide a quiet oasis away from the chaos of Rome, and it surely did that for us when we were there.

With three different types of accommodations (dorm style, private rooms, apartments), there is something for everyone. We stayed in the dorms due to budget needs but were VERY impressed. Beautiful tiled floors and clean comfortable beds with some extra touches of home. These extra touches included free computer and internet use for all guests, a library and game section in their lounge off of the delicious cafe. There was even a cat in residence (not allowed in the rooms, though).

In addition, there was a beautiful garden to relax in with a glass of wine at the end of the day. Staff was very helpful in making recommendations and the food in the cafe (Vegetarian) was out of this world.

The only drawback was that there are no private baths, only shared baths. This was not a huge deal for us but it may be for some people. There are also some that don't like staying near Termini but the neighborhood seemed very safe even at night - I did not experience any problems.

I definitely plan on staying here again in the future!


Reviewed by: Annika from Sweden, review #1870

When: April 2007

Beautiful and fresh - a haven next to Termini train station.

We only stayed at the Beehive for one night, but it was a very pleasant night.

The Beehive is one of few places that looks exactly as it does on the website, which was a nice surprise. The room was spotless, cool and spacious, and the beds were really comfortable. We did not have a private bathroom, but we never had to wait in line ... in fact, even though the Beehive was fully occupied during our stay, we only encountered one other guest.

The staff was friendly and helpful, and spoke perfect English.

We paid 75 for our room, which was a bargain. The vicinity to Termini was convenient, not least in the morning when we reached the Terravision bus in only five minutes. :)

I definitely recommend staying at the Beehive, and I definitely will do it again myself!


Reviewed by: Jeannew from PA, review #1417

When: April 2006

Nice budget hotel in Termini area.

We were prepared to "bite the bullet & tighten our belts" to be able to afford 8 nights in Rome. We were very pleasantly surprised with the Beehive. Even though our private room with sink was only 75 a night we in no way felt deprived. This budget hotel / hostel has 7 rooms, one of which is a dorm room with 8 beds. There are 3 different places to shower and 4 separate toilets. All bathroom areas were spotlessly clean and we never had to wait. Front desk was staffed 24/7 and the 11PM to 8AM quiet time was enforced.

The "seediness" of the Termini station area is highly exaggerated. We felt more comfortable in our neighborhood at 1:00AM than we did at Largo Argentina area which seemed full of drunk vacationing students. Our street did not have much traffic. The Beehive's patio garden between street and building was a good sound barrier. When shutters were rolled down and windows closed our room was totally silent and dark for great sleeping.

Beds and plastic chairs were very comfortable. Dresser and wardrobe provided plenty of storage space. Downstairs is a cute sitting room with free Internet and local phone service. Next to it is a small cafe where one could have fixed price 5 breakfasts and 10 dinners; all freshly made vegetarian food. Their backpackers lunches were also reasonable and convenient for long days of exploring Rome. We met quite a few interestng people of all ages there.

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