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For 10 years British street artist Banksy has been stencilling his work on and around the wall that separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem. Now he's opened a hotel opposite the wall that promises 'the worst view in the world'. The view may be unconventional, but the hotel itself is slick and stylish – and surreal (one suite has a tiki bar).
Home to a museum, a piano bar and an art gallery, Walled Off also boasts some of the most high-end dorms in the Middle East, if not the world, with fresh towels, mini-fridges and in-room music.
The hotel was built in secret and was only due to stay open for a year, but in September 2017 began taking bookings for the winter season, suggesting that it will remain. The hotel offers useful and informative tours to nearby Aida refugee camp as well as to other nearby cities, such as Jericho and Hebron.
The Walled Off Hotel is located next to the separation wall in Bethlehem, Palestine providing visitors with a strong sense of history, spirituality and emotion. Featuring customised rooms by some of the world's finest artists (including Banksy, Sami Musa and Dominque Petrin) The Walled Off Hotel is the ultimate celebration of art and literature with views overlooking the controversial wall that separates Israel and Palestine. Guests can soak in the ingenious atmosphere of the hotel itself and the historic scenery that surrounds them. Incredible displays of art and literature are rife at The Walled Off Hotel which offers a host of unique and innovative facilities. With its own Museum, Piano Bar, Gallery and Bookshop. Each room is uniquely decorated and has it’s own private bathroom apart from the dormitory which has a bathroom to share. The Piano Bar, is a colonial homage to Britain’s acquisition of Palestine in 1917, but is also equipped with a large collection of Banksy Artworks and serves a delicious afternoon tea, inventive cocktails, it’s very own walled off salad and pizzas St. Catherine's Church is 1.6 km from The Walled Off Hotel, while Umar Mosque is 1.6 km from the property.