Elusive artist Banksy has once again grabbed the attention of the art world with the announced opening of the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem. It is located in viewing distance of the West Bank Separation Barrier. This former guest house saw a transformation over the past 14 months, as Banksy morphed the space into an art hotel. See how beautifully Banksy opens hotel.
Though the hotel is sure to stir controversy, it’s important to remember Banksy’s longstanding connection to Palestine. More than a decade ago he painted the Separation Barrier, and in 2007 his Santa’s Ghetto pop-up shop was located in Bethlehem. Over the years he’s continued to visit, most recently leaving his mark in February 2015.
Banksy’s website has stated that the hotel is run by the local community. It will bring attention and tourist dollars. Rooms start from $30 for a bunk bed in the budget room. Common areas will be open to the public from 11 am to 7:30 pm (10 pm for the piano bar). Get booking now.