Would you pay a $1000 deposit before you stay at the newly-opened Banksy hotel in Bethlehem?
Famously secretive artist Banksy's new hotel opened in Bethlehem on Monday, but if you plan to stay there, you will have to stump up a $1000 deposit in advance.
Guests at The Walled-Off Hotel are required to pay the deposit as a safeguard against the theft of any of the dozens of new Banksy paintings that adorn the walls.
The hotel is designed to mark the centennial of when the UK became involved with the Palestinian states, and it is planning to remain open throughout 2017 and beyond, if there is guest demand.
Elton John played by video link at a launch party for staff and local residents, but the notoriously private Banksy wasn't present.
The hotel is located only four metres from the controversial wall that cuts through the occupied West Bank, and all nine rooms face it.
Banksy described the rooms as having the "worst view of any hotel in the world," and they range in price from $30 for a bunk bed in one room to $965 per night for the presidential suite, which can sleep six people.
In addition to designing some of the rooms, Banksy collaborated with other artists, including Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin, on the design.
Banksy's largest new collection in years has been donated to the local community, and the artist has been praised for "letting the voice of the Palestinians be heard" through his latest project.
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