Is this a joke?

Nope - it's a genuine art hotel with fully functioning ensuite facilities and limited car parking. Operated by the local community, we offer a warm welcome to everyone from all sides of the conflict and across the world.

 

Is it safe?

Yes. The hotel is located in a bustling area fully open to tourists from across the world. It has all the restaurants, bars and taxis you'd expect. We're 500 metres from the checkpoint to Jerusalem and a mile from the centre of Bethlehem. The official British Foreign Office advice declares it a safe place to visit - and like any holiday you should check the FCO website or equivalent before travelling.

 

Do I need a VISA?

You don't need a visa to enter Israel as a tourist and you can stay for up to 3 months. Visitors entering via Tel Aviv airport are given an entry card in their passport. So, unlike the locals, you'll be permitted to travel wherever you wish.

 

Airport security at Tel Aviv, however, is legendary. Expect to be asked about the purpose of your stay and if you intend travelling to the West Bank. If you answer 'yes' you may be held up for some time, consequently many visitors choose not to highlight that particular part of their holiday.

 

Are you just making a profit from other people's misery?

Don't worry, Banksy won't see a penny. The artist paid for the installation costs and has now handed it over as an independent local business. The aim is to break even and put any profits back into local projects.

 

How long will it be open for?

We're aiming to be here for the whole of the centenary year, maybe longer if people come.

 

Centenary year?

2017 marks a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict. At the time of writing there are no special events being planned to mark the occasion.

 

Is it anti-Semitic?

Definitely not. The Walled Off Hotel is an entirely independent leisure facility set up and financed by Banksy. It is not aligned to any political movement or pressure group. The aim is to tell the story of the wall from every side and give visitors the opportunity to discover it for themselves. We offer an especially warm welcome to young Israelis. Absolutely no fanaticism is permitted on the premises.

 

Jerusalem - 'the most important town in America'

Jerusalem syndrome

 

Each year tens of thousands of tourists descend on Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of the prophets - and a handful come away thinking they are the prophets. Jerusalem Syndrome is a medically recognised ailment that occurs when visitors become overwhelmed by the metaphysical significance of the Holy City and reach the conclusion that they are biblical characters or the Apocalypse is drawing near. Doctors estimate the syndrome affects between 50 and 200 people per year, and although many have a recorded history of mental health issues, about a quarter of recorded cases have no previous psychiatric record.

 

Source: Lonely Planet

 

Why open a hotel there? What's wrong with Shoreditch?

This place is the centre of the universe - every time God comes to earth it seems to happen near here. The architecture and landscape are stunning, the food delicious and the current situation remarkable and touching. This is a place of immense spiritual and political significance - and very good falafel. We guarantee you won't be disappointed. *

 

* not actually legally enforceable

 

Can I visit the hotel if I'm not staying there?

From the 11th March the museum and art gallery are open to non-residents every day from 11am - 7:30pm. The piano bar is open every day to non-residents, serving food and drink from 11am - 10pm. Coach parties are by appointment only.

 

Is there a swimming pool on the roof?

No. Our proximity to the wall means nobody is permitted to go on the roof without prior permission from the Israeli military. You should exercise common sense when staying with us. Aggressive drunkenness or loud public nudity is not encouraged. Under no circumstances should you shine laser pens at the army watchtowers.

 

Your security

The hotel is affiliated with all the relevant local authorities, panic protected and installed with CCTV and alarms throughout. Access to the bedrooms is secure and restricted to guests only. The hotel is locked from 11pm each night and there is a member of staff on site 24 hours a day.

 

Our security

The hotel contains valuable works of art, some of which you are permitted to lock yourself alone with overnight. As a consequence, a $1000 deposit will be taken on a credit / debit card at check in *. All rooms will be inspected prior to departure, so please allow at least 15 minutes for check-out. The artwork here has been donated to the community and their struggle & any person found attempting to steal from them, or deface hotel property, will be arrested, transported to the police station in Ramallah and prosecuted to the full extent of local law.

 

* excluding the budget bunk beds

 

Hosh Jasmin

 

The Wall

 

So, what is the wall exactly?

It divides the nation of Palestine from the state of Israel and restricts movement between the two for citizens of both sides. Depending on who you talk to its either a vital security measure or an instrument of apartheid. Its route is highly controversial and it has a dramatic impact on the daily lives of a lot of people. The one thing beyond dispute is that everything here is under dispute.

 

Can I paint it?

Guests enjoy privileged out of hours access to Wall*Mart next door - the graffiti supplies store which stocks everything you need to make your mark and offers expert local advice and guidance.

 

Painting the wall

 

Is it legal?

It's not not legal. The wall itself remains illegal under international law.

 

Is it ethical?

Some people don't agree with painting the wall and argue anything that trivialises or normalises its existence is a mistake. Then again, others welcome any attention brought to it and the ongoing situation. So in essence - you can paint it, but avoid anything normal or trivial.

 

Are there any day trips you recommend?

Of course - see the bookings page for more information - two excellent tours should definitely form part of your stay with us. There are a host of other excursions nearby including the Dead sea, Hebron and Jericho. Hotel staff will be happy to assist you. Recommended itineraries can be seen on our visitors book.

 



 

Wheelchairs?

The piano bar and museum are wheelchair accessible, the rest of the hotel is a work in progress.

 

 

"Travel - the art of journeying a thousand miles to be fascinated by the things we'd ignore at home"

 

 

Further questions should be sent to reception@walledoffhotel.com