Banksy opens new mystery hotel with rooms from just £25 a night
00:44, Mar 5, 2017
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The hotel will employ 45 people and showcase Palestinian artists featuring a number of works by Banksy.
The anonymous British street artist known as Banksy has opened a hotel right next to the controversial Israel-Palestine border wall in the historic city of Bethlehem, in Palestine's West Bank, the Guardian reports. The "budget" room, meanwhile, is furnished with surplus items from an Israeli military barracks, and will be available from just $30 a night.
Wisam Salsaa, the 42-year-old owner, says the nine-room hotel named "The Walled Off Hotel" will officially open on March 11. On view is also a small museum where you will find a mannequin showing the signature of the Balfour declaration.
The hotel itself is also created to educate visitors and incite dialogue between them ― in typical Banksy fashion, with a dark sense of humor.
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About Rom LevyRom is the founder & editor in chief of StreetArtNews. It contains dozens of Banksy's works, a themed bar and interactive exhibits.
The Walled Off Hotel, located just steps away from Israel's concrete security barrier, is the latest venture by the camera-shy British artist in an effort to not only boost the local economy but spark dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.
The hotel has the markings of a gentleman's club from the English colonial period.
The project blends Banksy's trademark style - a trickster's eye for trompe l'oeil and a political cartoonist's ear for satire - into more traditional hotel amenities such as food, drinks and well-appointed rooms.
But the location where the hotel stands is under tight Israeli control making the area legal for Israelis to visit.
Images are beginning to circulate across the internet, and the hotel is reportedly opening for bookings at the end of the month.
Banksy has spent time in the West Bank in years past and has previously painted several murals on a walled segment of the barrier, and in February 2016, several murals by Banksypopped up in the Gaza Strip.
Banksy has made previous forays into the Palestinian territories. His identity remains a mystery, but his works have fetched as much as $1.8 million at auctions.
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