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Banksy opens Walled-Off Hotel in Bethlehem

Infamous street artist Banksy is back with a new project: The Walled-Off hotel in the historic city of Bethlehem. The name of the hotel is no coincidence: it's located right next to the separation wall that Israel put up around the city. 

Lodgings, art gallery and protest all rolled into one, Banksy's latest project was revealed to the media on Friday, with the aim of attracting jobs and tourists to the town. Travel to Bethlehem has been ravaged by tight Israeli controls, but Bansky has cleverly located his new project in an area just outside the town and still under Israeli control, meaning it is legal to visit.

The Walled-Off hotel is full of new Banksy artworks

The Walled-Off hotel is full of new Banksy artworks

A genuine business venture, the Walled-Off hotel boasts nine rooms and one suite – only one of which has a view – and will be open for bookings on its website later this month. 

Who knows how the project will pan out, but if the success of Banksy's recent Dismaland (opens in new tab) project is anything to go by, we're sure there'll be no shortage of bookings. 

Want to see more? Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy has uploaded a video to his Facebook page (opens in new tab) of his tour of Banksy's new hotel.

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Kerrie Hughes is Editor at Creative Bloq (currently on maternity leave). One of the original CB crew, Kerrie joined the team back in 2013 after moving from her role as staff writer on 3D World. Since then she's written regularly for other creative publications. Kerrie's work for Creative Bloq involves managing the team and the site's content, developing and maintaining commercial partnerships, and finding innovative ways to bring Creative Bloq's audience the content they're looking for.