Legendary Brit graffiti artist Banksy has been hard at work providing the interior décor at a new hotel in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Every guestroom and suite at the Walled Off Hotel has been personally adorned with unique Banksy graffiti, artworks and artefacts.
The 10 accommodation units range from budget rooms fitted out with redundant Israeli military gear to the opulent presidential suite. This British colonial themed suite comes with quirky bonuses like a bath for four and a water-feature made out of an old tank full of bullet holes.
The three-story hotel building is a one-time pottery workshop and comes with prime views overlooking the graffiti covered West Bank Wall. To emphasise the bizarre as well as the hotel’s location in a long fought over zone, the likes of statues of angels wearing gas masks are peerless decorations.
A source close to Banksy and the hotel’s proprietors says work on the hotel conversion has been carried out over the past year. The artist himself noted in a statement that he had put up the funds for the hotel and the colonial theme was a reflection of Britain’s role in shaping the destiny of the Palestinian region.
Banksy says the hotel probably has the world’s worst views. Due to its position only yards from West Bank Wall, the sun shines on it for only 20 minutes a day. Hotel manager Wisam Salsaa stated that the Walled Off Hotel was open to guests of all nationalities and races and will be accepting bookings on 11 March ahead of a grand opening nine days later.