Up until now, your familiarity with Banksy, everyone’s favorite anonymous graffiti artist, has probably been relegated to photos of his work. But now, the famous masked man whose politically-charged art can be seen from Brooklyn to London, has a boutique hotel. It’s in Jerusalem and sits adjacent to the West Bank wall separating Israel from Palestine. Naturally, it’s called The Walled Off Hotel, and it’s quite a sight. Let’s take a look...
The hotel’s got nine rooms and one suite, each with its own theme and artwork. Along with Banksy, Palestinian artist Sami Musa and Montreal’s Dominique Petrin contributed to the unique décor.
“Scenic” rooms boast floor-to-ceiling views of the graffiti-covered concrete wall outside, proving that “scenic” is really just a matter of opinion.
A few others look out to the army watchtower. Which, as the website states, is perfect for exhibitionists.
Budget rooms sport few frills and are outfitted with surplus items from an Israeli military barracks, like bunk beds and lockers.
If you want to go big, there’s the Presidential Suite. That’s got “everything a corrupt head of state would need,” including a four-person plunge bath, original artwork, library, cinema, rooftop garden, tiki bar and a water feature made from a bullet-riddled water tank.
Lest you were concerned, this hotel’s sights don’t stop once you enter the bathroom, as evidenced by this colorful print.
You’ll probably be wanting a drink by now so, fortunately, there’s a piano bar. Stop in for vandalized oil paintings, statues choking on tear gas, and some warm scones served with tea.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Banksy-designed hotel without an art gallery, so it’s got one of those. Now, if you’d like to plan a visit, get in touch or just look at more photos, check out the website.
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