Best hotels and hostels in Palestinian Territories

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bethlehem

    Walled Off Hotel

    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.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bethlehem

    Hosh Al Syrian Guesthouse

    Every now and then a hotel comes along and raises the game, and Fadi Kattan's beautiful Hosh Al Syrian Guesthouse has done just that. Tucked away in the Syrian quarter, a two-minute walk from Manger Sq, some rooms have terraces overlooking the roofs of the Old City. Wi-fi is only accessible in shared areas; as Kattan says, 'You come here to relax'.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in West Bank

    Khan Al Wakalah

    Set in a beautifully restored Mamluk-Ottoman-era currency exchange in the Old City, Khan Al Wakalah has been a pit stop for travellers between Damascus and Jerusalem (as well as religious pilgrims on their way to Mecca and Medina) for centuries. Its 24 rooms are set around a shaded courtyard with big comfy beds and stunning interiors of wood and traditional Nablus stone. The restoration of Khan Al Wakalah, aided by a €2.5 million donation from the European Union, was completed in 2008 after the building was all but destroyed during the Second Intifada. It was used as an events venue until the hotel opened in 2017. The hotel's sole single room, on the 2nd floor, is one of its best.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jericho

    Sami Youth Hostel

    One of the West Bank's best budget stays, Sami Youth Hostel is nestled deep in the refugee camp on the outskirts of Jericho with a dozen clean and quiet rooms in an enigmatically furnished two-storey building. By far the best thing about Sami Youth Hostel is Sami himself, who speaks fluent English and treats his guests more like family members than customers. Coming into Jericho from Hwy 90, take a left at the first roundabout and then continue straight – the guesthouse will be on your right. Failing that, ask locals for ‘Hotel Sami’, and they will point the way.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ramallah

    Area D Hostel

    Area D is one of only a handful of international standard hostels in the West Bank and by far the best for visitors to Ramallah. Its spotless dorms and double rooms are basic, but the shared lounge is a great place to relax, meet other travellers and plan excursions. The hostel is located above Ramallah's service taxi garage, opposite the bus station for Jerusalem. Area D is a reliable place to organise tours to other cities, including Hebron, and staff are a wealth of information about travel inside the West Bank and beyond.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in West Bank

    Cinema Guesthouse

    A quiet spot in the heart of chaotic Jenin, this is a great place to meet other travellers (or NGO workers, journalists, activists and the like) and unwind for a day or two. It has three spacious dorm rooms, a couple of tiny private rooms and a nice kitchen for cooking communal meals. Breakfast is an extra 10NIS. The English-speaking manager is a font of information on the area. It’s opposite the central bus station. Sadly the cinema was demolished and is currently being converted into a shopping mall.

  • Lodging in Bethlehem

    Ibdaa Cultural Centre Guesthouse

    A great little hostel in the cultural centre of the same name, Ibdaa is located in the narrow streets of Dheisheh refugee camp, a 20-minute drive out of town toward Hebron. Facilities are basic, but as a window into Palestinian life away from the tourist hordes, it is unparalleled. The Ibdaa Centre is just off the Jerusalem–Hebron Rd, next to the taxi stand.

  • Lodging in West Bank

    Taybeh Golden Hotel

    Situated above Taybeh Winery, Taybeh Golden Hotel is an uber-modern family-run place just a few minutes' walk from centre of the village. Some of the rooms have epic views across the surrounding mountains and olive groves. Built in 2015, the hotel has two restaurants and a choice of 80 rooms, primarily doubles and suites. The hotel makes a good base for exploring the nearby cities of Ramallah, Jericho and even Jerusalem. Like the winery and brewery, Taybeh Golden Hotel is owned and operated by the Khoury family, who are a wealth of information on the history of the village and the West Bank generally.

  • Lodging in Jericho

    Oasis Hotel

    Formerly the Intercontinental (the logo of which is still visible on the side of the building), the Oasis Hotel is expensive, but its clean modern rooms, helpful staff and choice of two swimming pools make it a popular high-end choice. Its location, just off the Jerusalem–Jericho road, make it a great hub for exploring not only Jericho but also the Dead Sea and beyond.

  • Lodging in Ramallah

    Millennium Ramallah

    Formerly the Mövenpick (and still referred to as such by taxi drivers), the Millennium is probably Ramallah's smartest hotel and the go-to place for business travellers. It has huge rooms, excellent staff and great facilities, including a gym and pool (summer only). The pool is open to nonguests (100NIS) between 9am and 6pm.

  • Lodging in Ramallah

    Hostel in Ramallah

    This quirky hostel a five-minute walk from Yasser Arafat Sq is spread over three floors of an apartment building, with a half-dozen dorms and a range of single and double rooms. Staffed by a rotating cast of international volunteers, it has one of the best roof terraces in the city.

  • Lodging in Bethlehem

    Dar Annadwa

    This comfortable Lutheran-sponsored hotel is in the same building as the International Center of Bethlehem with 13 rooms each named after a village in the Palestinian Territories. It is a quiet, if a little dated, spot in a great location, but it's pricey given other options nearby. Book ahead because reception is often closed.

  • Lodging in West Bank

    Al Yasmeen Hotel

    Al Yasmeen's location in the heart of the Old City makes it a perennially popular choice with both local and international tourists visiting Nablus. Staff are polite and helpful, and although many of the rooms are in dire need of refurbishment (ask to see a few), they are clean, quiet and affordable.

  • Lodging in Ramallah

    Beauty Inn

    Tucked away on a quiet street close to the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, this is a smart, clean midrange option with a pool, a gym and corridors lined with pictures of the Palestinian Territories. Some rooms are better than others so ask to see a couple when you check in.

  • Lodging in Bethlehem

    Habibi Hostel

    A basic but homely hostel on the 2nd floor of an apartment building 15 minutes downhill from Manger Sq, Habibi Hostel is popular with volunteers, backpackers and activists and is Bethlehem's only real budget stay. Habibi has single-sex dorms and at least one private room.

  • Lodging in Bethlehem

    Grand Hotel Bethlehem

    Neat, clean, efficient and in the middle of the action, the Grand Hotel might not have bags of character, but rooms are comfy and central. Breakfast is served at the hotel’s Mariachi Bar, and the coffee shop serves Mexican dishes and seafood daily until midnight.

  • Lodging in Jericho

    Jericho Resort Village

    In the north of the city near Hisham’s Palace, this resort hotel has had a total refurbishment, and with two pools and a range of well-furnished rooms, it's a good midrange choice for tourists, particularly families. It is popular with groups so be sure to book ahead.

  • Lodging in Ramallah

    Royal Court Suites Hotel

    This is a reliable midrange option 15 minutes' walk downhill from the centre of town and next to Sangria's. Many of the rooms come with kitchen facilities and balconies and all have wi-fi. Consider asking for a room at the back of the hotel where it is much quieter.

  • Lodging in Bethlehem

    Manger Square Hotel

    This four-star hotel over the road from Manger Sq was built in 2012 and is excellent value considering the location. Some rooms have views over the valley behind Bethlehem, others over the Old City. Staff are polite and helpful and in summer there is a rooftop pool.

  • Lodging in Bethlehem

    Dar Al Balad

    A quiet and cosy option in nearby Beit Sahour, Dar Al Balad has a dozen rooms arranged around a shaded courtyard in a restored family-run hotel. Many of the rooms have windows onto the streets of the recently restored Beit Sahour old town.