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.
Located in the middle of the Old City of Nablus, in a renovated building six hundred years old, the Yasmeen is one of Nablus’ higher-end hotels and is often fairly busy. It has a range of comfortable en-suite rooms and friendly, helpful staff. It’s also home to the Zeit ou Zaatar restaurant, which has a spacious dining hall but which also serves classic Palestinian dishes such as mussakhan on the bridge between the two halves of the hotel, giving night-time diners views to the lights and splendid green dome of An-Nasr mosque.
Al-Yasmeen Hotel, Old City (Kasaba), Nablus
Phone: 00970 9 2 333 555
Fax: 00970 9 233 3666
Mobile: 00970 599 766 944
Email: (management) firstname.lastname@example.org, (general manager) email@example.com
The Fauzi Azar Inn is located in the Old City of Nazareth, in a sympathetically-renovated mansion which still belongs to one of An-Nasira’s famous Palestinian families. The Inn offers private rooms and dorms and consistently receives good reviews from both ordinary travellers and published reviewers. The Inn offers a free night’s accommodation to anyone showing passport stamps from Syria, Lebanon or Iraq! It also runs a volunteer scheme and facilities for young people in the surrounding community.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, [tel] +972 4602 0469 [Mobile] +972 54 432 2328. fauziazarinn.com
Just across the road from the pomp of the Intercontinental Hotel (and its closed casino) is Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, home to the only properly budget accommodation option in Jericho city. Sami Youth Hostel is a friendly, relaxed, if slightly chaotic place to stay, offering triple rooms at budget rates.
Contact: Sami Youth Hostel, Jerusalem-Jericho Road, Aqabat Jaber Camp, Jericho. Tel: 02 232 4220; 059 722 3727 or
052 792 3384.
Read about Sami Youth Hostel:
Ha’aretz (Note this article is old and written during a period of heightened Israeli military activity in the West Bank)
Jericho Committee for the Promotion of Tourism