The Walled Off Hotel
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The hotel occupies a former pottery workshop and is owned by a local businessman. All profits, according to the Walled Off website, go to the local community.
A welcoming “bellboy”
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A plastic chimpanzee “bellboy” greets guests at the entrance to the Walled Off Hotel.
The Piano Bar
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There’s a deliberately faded colonial grandeur to the hotel’s living spaces that are jarringly off-kilter. Along one wall, mounted security cameras and slingshots stand in for the more traditional mounted deer heads (although it’s hard to say which is more unsettling) and cherubs wearing oxygen masks hang from the ceiling.
A statue in the Piano Bar
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A classical sculpture wears a scarf over its face to avoid choking on tear gas emitted from a canister.
Piano Bar fireplace
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Guests can enjoy tea with scones, jam and cream served on fine bone china in the Piano Bar.
Piano Bar artworks
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The Piano Bar, according to the Walled Off website, is “equipped with languid ceiling fans, leather-bound couches and an air of undeserved authority” in dubious tribute to Britain’s 1917 occupation of Palestine. It features a classical painting of Jesus with a sniper target on his forehead and three drones, like flying ducks, painted over the wallpaper.
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The recurring Banksy rat motif appears on three clocks telling the time in different time zones.
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“Sorry – out of service” reads the sign hanging from this walled-off lift.
Arthur James Balfour signing the Balfour Declaration
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This life-sized work depicts the then English prime minister, Arthur James Balfour, signing the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which paved the way for the creation of Israel. “It's exactly 100 years since Britain took control of Palestine and started rearranging the furniture – with chaotic results,” Banksy said in a statement. “I don't know why, but it felt like a good time to reflect on what happens when the United Kingdom makes a huge political decision without fully comprehending the consequences.”
The bright graphic walls of Room 4’s bathroom
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Guestrooms have been customised by Banksy, Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin – with more artists to follow.
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The cheapest beds at the Walled Off Hotel go for just US$30 (A$40) a night. The dormitory is furnished with surplus items from an Israeli military barracks, including the bunk beds.
The view from Room 2
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The building owner has noted that the Walled Off boasts the “worst view of any hotel in the world”.
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This mural above the bed in Room 3 depicts an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian having a pillow fight.
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The hotel is a strange combination of comfort and discomfort: high thread-count sheets juxtaposed with a gift shop selling gas masks.
The Presidential Suite
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The most expensive room in the hotel, the Presidential Suite has all the luxuries a “corrupt head of state would need”, including a plunge bath, library, cinema, roof garden, tiki bar and a water feature constructed from a bullet-riddled water tank.
The Presidential Suite plunge bath
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The bath comes with a taxidermied peacock and Dead Sea bath salts.
Artwork in the Presidential Suite
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A painting of a pride of chained leopards decorates one wall of the Presidential Suite.
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The Museum is dedicated to the history of the wall and contains “almost fully fact-checked material”, a timeline of the wall and will act as a repository for local artefacts and personal histories.
Exit Through the Gift Shop?
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The Wall Mart sells art supplies for would-be wall-graffiti artists as well as souvenirs and drinks. It also lends ladders and runs after-school art classes and stencil workshops.
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