Banksy’s Art In Hotel With World’s “Worst View”

  

The owner of a guest house packed with the elusive artist Banksy’s work has opened the doors of his West Bank establishments to media, showcasing its unique “worst view in the world”. The hotel, several of whose rooms look onto an Israeli security watchtower, is awash in the trademark satirical work of the mysterious artist. The highlight is room number three, known as “Banksy’s Room”, where guests sleep in a king-size bed underneath Banksy’s artwork showing a Palestinian and an Israeli in a pillow fight.


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The hotel also features a presidential suite and a museum with the artist’s politically-charged work. It has the markings of a gentleman’s club from the English colonial period. The entrance to one small niche accommodates a life-size figure of Arthur James Balfour signing his 1917 letter that came to be known as the Balfour declaration, and was the basis for the international push for the creation of Israel. The cheapest rooms were available from $30 a night. The nine-room hotel named “The Walled Off Hotel” will officially open on March 11.

The presidential suite of the “The Walled Off Hotel” in the West Bank city of Bethlehem:

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An employee stands in the restaurant area:

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An Israeli security watch tower is seen from one of the rooms of the “The Walled Off Hotel”:

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A doorman stands at the entrance of the “The Walled Off Hotel”:

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An employee stands in the bar area:

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People pass by the “The Walled Off Hotel” and the Israeli security barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem:

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A wall decorated with security cameras and slingshots is seen in the bar area:

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The presidential suite:

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Banksy’s work is displayed in the “The Walled Off Hotel”:

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A woman sits in in the Walled Off hotel:

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A waitress:

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A wall decorated with models of drones and a painting of Jesus with a sniper’s dot on his forehead:

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A picture taken from street artist Banksy’s newly opened Walled Off hotel in the Israeli occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem, shows Israel’s controversial separation wall:

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Visitors take a picture of a Bansky installation:

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A picture taken from the window of one of the rooms:

Visitors are seen inside a room:

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The presidential suite:

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Pour me a stiff one – the waiter stands poised at the bar:

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The lobby is decorated with cherubs – but these angels appear to have hit some turbulence:

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The Walled Off comes complete with life-sized diorama of Arthur James Balfour signing the 1917 letter that came to be known as the Balfour declaration:

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An installation by Banksy is seen hanging inside one of the room:

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The presidential suite – Banksy is no stranger to the Palestinian territories, having painted murals before on previous visits:

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A Banksy installation hangs above the booths in the lobby:

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