Banksy Opened A New Hotel With "The Worst View In The World"

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Banksy Opened A New Hotel With "The Worst View In The World"

The ever-elusive street artist Banksy is at it again. This time, rather than create a depressing amusement park, he's put up a fully functioning hotel in the West Bank. And the theme? Walls.

Known as The Walled Off Hotel (clearly a spin on the "Waldorf"), the building features a dismal view of the wall that encloses Bethlehem, Palestine. The theme of the hotel focuses on highlighting walls of apartheid and oppression, both in the Isreal/Palestine conflict and elsewhere. It truly offers one of the worst views in the world.

"The Walled Off Hotel is an entirely independent leisure facility set up and financed by Banksy," explains the artist. "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."

Walls are hot right now, but I was into them long before [Donald] Trump made it cool.

Probably another misguided venture into corporate hospitality - the Walled Off hotel

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“Walls are hot right now, but I was into them long before [Donald] Trump made it cool,” Banksy says of the theme. The Walled Off Hotel features ten different rooms with an option for every budget. Whether rich or poor, Banksy has options for you! Price conscious individuals can book a single bunk bed (scavenged from the Israeli army), while corrupt politicians are invited to book the "Presidential Suite" which comes equipped with a tiki bar and hot tub (fed from a bullet-ridden water tank which is commonly found on Palestinian rooftops). The hotel is fitted with wall-themed artwork from Banksy himself as well as various Palestinian artists. You can expect the doors to open for guests starting March 20, 2017. >(It’s) a three-storey cure for fanaticism, with limited car parking.

Watch Elton playing the opening party (remotely)

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The team hopes to welcome guests from all over the world to stay in the hotel and see the wall up close. “I would like to invite everyone to come here, invite Israeli civilians to come visit us here,” says manager Wisam Salsaa. “We want them to learn more about us, because when they know us it will break down the stereotypes and things will change.” Is the public ready for this kind of experience? Is the location too dangerous to attract common travelers and Banksy fans? “My accountant was worried some people will be too scared to travel to the West Bank," reflects Bansky, "but then I remind him – for my last show they spent a whole day in Weston-super-Mare.” Bansky hopes to keep the hotel open for at least one year, maybe longer if fans actually make the journey. Only time will tell.

Via The Guardian

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