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Banksy Opens New Hotel With ‘The Worst View In The World’
By Yoon Sann Wong, 06 Mar 2017
Anonymous British street artist Banksy has opened The Walled Off Hotel in Palestinian town Bethlehem that, according to its owner, has “the worst view of any hotel in the world.”
This guesthouse, museum, gallery, and protest, that’s all rolled into one, sits right next to the controversial wall that divides Israel from Palestinian territories. Banksy hopes the lodge will attract Israeli tourists and ignite dialogue about what’s happening at the West Bank city.
“Walls are hot right now, but I was into them long before [Donald] Trump made it cool,” said the artist.
The Walled Off Hotel has rooms that follow four different themes: Artist–customized by Banksy, Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin; Scenic; Budget–furnished with spare items from Israeli military barracks; Presidential–“everything a corrupt head of state would need. [A] plunge bath able to accommodate up to four revelers, original artwork, library, home cinema, roof garden, tiki bar and a water feature made from a bullet riddled water tank.”
In addition to Banksy artworks, creative pieces by Palestinian artists will also be featured inside the hotel. Banksy announced the lodge with a picture of one of its murals on Instagram–breaking the artist’s silence on the platform spanning nearly two years.
The hotel opens to guests on 20 March and reservations can be made via its website.
Take a tour of The Walled Off Hotel in the video below.
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[via Highsnobiety and The Guardian, images via various sources]
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