Continuing our series of articles about unusual hotels around the world, today we will talk about the anti-utopia hotel that was created by Banksy, the elusive and perhaps one of the most famous artists of our time, originally from England. For previous articles on the subject click here.
A hotel opened in Bethlehem, at the wall separating Palestine and Israel, and as Banksy himself said "it's the hotel with the worst views in the world. The hotel is called the "Walled off hotel", because the wall is only 4 meters away from the hotel and all the rooms overlook it.
Most of the design is by Banksy, but there are also works by internationally renowned artists, such as Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin. Remarkably, for all the time he worked on the hotel project, Banksy's colleagues claim that he managed to remain incognito.
At the opening ceremony of the hotel the mysterious artist did not appear, but at least it is unknown, but the opening was supported by many celebrities, for example Elton John gave a speech. But the presence of the artist can be felt throughout the hotel interior, because the walls are decorated with dozens of his works, the spokesman himself said that this is one of the largest collections of his works.
Upon entering the Walled off hotel, visitors are greeted by a "doorman" who is shackled to the doorjamb.
Although the hotel could be interpreted as a kind of political statement, Banksy says it is not. The hotel's website says it is not geared toward any political movement or influence group. The hotel prohibits bigotry and promises a warm welcome to all visitors.
The hotel is available on Booking and prices start at $70 for a bunk bed, up to $960 per night in a four-bed suite (both prices are listed with breakfast).
As is traditional, here's a link to book the hotel on Booking