The Walled Off Hotel: Banksy to open guesthouse in Bethlehem to encourage 'dialogue'

Sara Kamouni, News Reporter

A hotel filled with the work of British graffitist Banksy has been unveiled in Bethlehem.

The artist's nine-room guesthouse, called The Walled Off Hotel, will open on 11 March - with rooms available from just £25 per night.

Staffed by locals, the colonial-themed hotel also offers a presidential suite and a museum filled with Banksy's politically charged work.

Meanwhile, in room number three, called Banksy's Room, guests can sleep under a Banksy piece showing a Palestinian and an Israeli having a pillow fight.

The Guardian reports that the hotel, which boasts "the worst view in the world" according to its elusive creator, will host Palestinian exhibitions to encourage dialogue.

Israelis are restricted from visiting Bethlehem but the hotel is located in an area they can enter, overlooking the West Bank separation barrier built by Israel.

Banksy has previously painted murals on the heavily decorated barrier during a number of secret visits to the Palestinian territories.

It is thought he drew four street murals in Gaza last year, including one of the Greek godness Niobe crouching against rubble.

The piece, named Bomb Damage, was created on the remaining metal door of a house destroyed in 2014.

The artist's works first appeared in Bristol, before spreading to London and around the world. They have fetched up to £1.5m at auctions - but the artist has remained fiercely protective of his anonymity.

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