Banksy hotel: West Bank guesthouse opens in Bethlehem offering 'worst view in the world'

Francesca Gillett
Bethlehem: Artwork from graffiti artist Banksy decorates the hotel's nine rooms: AFP/Getty Images

Graffiti artist Banksy has opened a hotel with “the worst views in the world” in the West Bank.

“The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem was unveiled in a surprise announcement on Friday.

Rooms at the guesthouse, which overlooks the West Bank separation barrier, will be available to book from March 11.

The venture has been termed a hotel, protest and art all in one from artist Banksy whose work has previously aimed to bring Israelis and Palestinians together, the Guardian reported.

Banksy's The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem.(AFP/Getty Images)

A preview of the hotel unveiled to journalists on Friday showed the nine rooms – the cheapest of which costs $30, or around £24 a night – decorated with the artist’s satirical work.

One room, nicknamed “Banksy’s room”, features a king-sized bed with artwork showing a Palestinian and Israeli in a pillow fight above the bed. The hotel also features a presidential suite and a museum.

The aim is to bring visitors to the historic city of Bethlehem, whose economy has suffered since war damaged its tourism economy.

Banksy’s latest venture follows Dismaland, a sinister amusement park which was opened in Weston-super-Mare in 2015.

The Banksy hotel boasts 'the worst view in the world'. (AFP/Getty Images)

In the past Banksy, whose identity remains shrouded in mystery, has decorated the West Bank separation barrier with pieces of artwork including a painting of a girl pulled upward by balloons.

Last year, he is believed to have sneaked into Gaza to draw four street murals, including one on a metal door that depicted the Greek goddess Niobe cowering against the rubble of a destroyed house.

The artist's satirical stencils - rats, kissing policemen, riot police with yellow smiley faces - first appeared on walls in Bristol before spreading to London and then around the world.

His artwork comments on war, child poverty and the environment.

Additional reporting by AP.

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