Banksy is at it again! The mysterious UK street artist is set to open a new project in the West Bank that's part hotel, part museum and of course, one big art installation.
But more than that, its one major political statement in the way only Banksy could pull-off oh-so epically.
The Walled Off Hotel is situated next to the infamous separation wall
Smeared in graffiti, the wall that divides the West Bank from Bethlehem and the Israeli state, has long been the perfect canvas for art challenging apartheid, promoting resistance and calling for peace.
The hotel will offer "floor to ceiling views of graffiti-strewn concrete from almost every room," according to its website. Many even offer a picturesque view of the Israeli military watchtower.
Each room is decked out in the most fascinating way with a unique theme
Beyond including paintings done in Banksy's signature street art style, each room presents a particular theme or statement. Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin have also helped customize the rooms.
From critiquing colonialism to highlighting the reality of the Israeli military, these rooms will not only provide a place for guests to sleep, but also force them to think about the present reality in Palestine and the historic roots of today's conflict.
The Presidential Suite is perfect for any corrupt head of state
Including "a plunge bath able to accommodate up to four revelers, original artwork, library, home cinema, roof garden, tiki bar and a water feature made from a bullet riddled water tank," this room – while comfortable – confronts guests with a dismal reality.
Budget rooms are decorated like Israeli military barracks
The "no frills" rooms offer beds for $30 per night.
Amenities include a locker, personal safe, shared bathroom and complimentary earplugs.
Then there's the 'colonial outpost' style Piano Bar
"Britain got its hands on Palestine in 1917 and the piano bar is themed as a colonial outpost from those heady days," the website explains.
"Banksy artworks that include vandalized oil paintings and statues choking on tear gas fumes," are on display.
And yes, scones and freshly brewed tea will be served.
And of course, there's a museum
The museum presents a history of the separation wall.
"It contains state-of-the-art audio visual presentations and a very old tree," the website says. "Other highlights include an animated history of the region, military pornography and original beach sculpture from Gaza."
Even if visitors choose not to stay in the hotel, this is definitely a must-see attraction.
And duh, there's also an art gallery
This facility operates with "complete autonomy" from the rest of the hotel.
"Many of the most notable Palestinian artists from the past 20 years are here - including Sliman Mansour with his iconic 'And the Convoy Keeps Going'," the website says.
Next to the gallery, a space will present temporary shows for upcoming artists. Prints will also be available for sale.
So, you definitely want to visit ... but is it safe?
According to the hotel's website, it is located in an area "fully open to tourists," complete with "all the restaurants, bars and taxis you'd expect."
Specifically, the hotel is located 500 meters from the checkpoint to Jerusalem and a mile from the center of Bethlehem. "The official British Foreign Office advice declares it a safe place to visit," the website says.
There is also good security and the hotel is "affiliated with all the relevant local authorities."
Despite security, with political realities being what they are in the region, many Arabs and other Middle Easterners may find it difficult, if not impossible, to visit the art hotel.
As the website explains, even American and European tourists often face significant hassles with Israeli airport security upon arrival, especially if they mention an interest in visiting the West Bank.
The hotel opens on March 11
Opening to the public this month, the entire project will be up for at least one year and "maybe longer if people come."
The hotel is opening to coincide with the hundred year anniversary since the "British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a century of confusion and conflict."
Visitors can also tour the site's museums and enjoy a bite at the Piano Bar without a reservation.