The Al-Kayed Palace Guesthouse is an Ottoman-era palace in the West Bank village of Sebastia, built for the Al-Kayed family in around 1855.
The ground floor of the building was renovated in 2007 for the benefit of a women’s association which works in Sebastia. They use it for community and cultural activities such as crafts, soap-making, cooking, homework clubs and health projects. Other community groups in the village also use the space for events and meetings.
In 2011, Riwaq also renovated the upper floors of the building for the Women’s Committee Club of Sebastia to develop as a guesthouse. With the support of HAFSA (Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya, a British twinning group), the guesthouse opened in 2013 and is run on a day-by-day basis by Abu Yasser and his wife. Members of the women’s group also work in the guesthouse, and goods such as soap, embroidery and jam made by local women are also sold there.
Single room: 155 NIS
Twin room: 120 NIS per person
Dormitory (3 to 5 in one room) 100 NIS per person
Phone: (00972) 059 947 3646
Information about a new hostel in Ramallah:
“Area:D is a joint Palestinian/Swiss-run hostel designed by and for backpackers, and we’re only half a block from the main downtown bus station, in the middle of Ramallah’s lively fruit and vegetable market. In addition to all the amenities you’d expect from a new, modern hostel with space for 50 people, we have affordable long-term apartments for volunteers/interns, a great view all the way to Jerusalem, food and handicrafts from remote villages, and a mission to ensure all visitors leave more informed of the context than when they arrived. Though we don’t push any particular agenda, our hostel is full of opportunities to understand the complex political situation, from geo-political tours to debates/lectures and an even an NGO corner full of information and potential contacts”.
Phone: +970 (0)56-934-9042
Address: Top Floor, Maliki Building, Mosque/Vegetable Market Street next to Jerusalem bus station
Palestine Guesthouse recently received this information from the proprietors of a new guesthouse in Hebron. We’ll be checking it out for the website and for the Bradt Guide to Palestine as soon as we can:
A welcome new guesthouse in the Old City of Hebron, the Salam is located just behind the Ibrahimi Mosque (Haram al-Khalil/Tombs of the Patriarchs). It offers bed & breakfast at 60 NIS per night or full board at 120 NIS. Internet, transport to the guesthouse and tours of the area are all available.
Mobile: +972 (0)597291984 or +972 (0)598084835
Palestine Guesthouse recently received this information from the proprietors of a new Hostel in Ramallah. We’ll be checking it out for the website and for the Bradt Guide to Palestine as soon as we can:
The literally-named ‘Hostel in Ramallah’ is an international-oriented, backpacker-style hostel based in an apartment building in central Ramallah. It offers dorm or private rooms in an apartment on al-Nuzha street, with free Wi-Fi, shared kitchenette, TV, shared computer, shared dining room. The owners can also help with information about the city and travel in the West Bank.
Palestine Guesthouse recently received this information from the proprietors of a new B&B in Beit Hanina, a Palestinian area of Jerusalem. We’ll be checking it out for the website and for the Bradt Guide to Palestine as soon as we can:
The Front Line is located in the north Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, at walking distance from public transportation to both Old City of Jerusalem and Ramallah in the West Bank. This is a 2-bedroom suite with private parking, a spacious living room and fully equipped kitchen. The suite is sunny and decorated with wooden frames.
The neighborhood is calm and clean. The house is 2 minutes walking distance to public transportation, and 10 minutes walking distance to grocery & shopping area of Beit Hanina.
You will be the guests of a retired couple from East Jerusalem. They speak Arabic, English and Hebrew and are assisted by their sons who speak French and Turkish.
The fridge will be stocked with everything you need to make breakfast at your own leisure, including milk, organic eggs, cereal, jam, etc. Other meals can also be arranged.
The Beit al-Sham (Damascus House) guesthouse is a short journey from the Old City and from the modern, busy Rafidia area of town. It is based in a an elegant mid-20th century mansion house and has newly renovated rooms, a shared kitchen, gardens and outdoor seated areas, a cafe and wifi. The management can also help with arranging travel around the Nablus area and West Bank, and with volunteer placements via a local NGO with which the guesthouse is associated.
The International Friends Guesthouse is a welcoming hostel located a short walk from Nablus’ historic old city. It offers both private rooms and dorms, a shared kitchen and wifi, and can supply meals, tour arrangements and pickups. It’s a popular place to stay for solidarity visitors and volunteers and staff can help with finding voluntary work and other community activities, especially for longer-term visitors. The guesthouse operates a sliding scale of charges, offering reductions for longer-term visitors such as volunteers.