Anonymous British street artist Banksy has launched a hotel with the ‘world’s worst view’ in Bethlehem, Palestine.
The Walled Off Hotel is situated against the controversial barrier wall that separates Israel from the Palestinian territories.
The lodging functions as a hotel with 10 rooms, a museum and a gallery as well as featuring a piano bar. It is also packed with playful yet political artworks by the unidentified street artist, referencing history and conflict.
The presidential suite features a bullet-strafed water tank that splashes water into the hot tub, while the budget rooms offer bunk-beds scavenged from an abandoned army barracks.
All the rooms have a view of the concrete slabs that make up the barrier wall, with some rooms having views of the illegal settlements beyond.
“(It’s) a three-storey cure for fanaticism, with limited car parking,” Banksy said in the statement.
The hotel building is a former pottery workshop and according to the Guardian, has a “dystopian colonial feel” as a reference to Britain’s involvement in the region’s history. The reception area and the tea-room are a nod to British culture and influence, with a self-paying piano providing an ominous soundtrack.
“It’s exactly 100 years since Britain took control of Palestine and started rearranging the furniture – with chaotic results,” Banksy said. “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 Banksy statement added that the hotel “offers a warm welcome to people from all sides of the conflict and across the world”.
So, how long does the hotel plan on being open? The website says the hotel is aiming to be here for the whole of 2017 and maybe longer.