Tag Archives: Nablus
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
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The ancient ruins on the hilltop above Sebastia, a short drive from Nablus, are a popular destination for Israeli tour buses, but few of the groups on them ever stay long enough to venture into the small town below. In fact, the Israeli Tourism Ministry leaflets distributed for free at the archaeological site actively discourage them, pointing out that as ‘area A’ the village, unlike the ‘area C’ remains, is off-limits to Israeli citizens under Israeli law.
They’re missing a lot, because Sebastia is a beautiful little village, full of picturesque houses and stunning views. Some of the ancient buildings right in the centre of the village have been turned into an absolutely gorgeous little guesthouse, which combines the tumbledown stones of Byzantine-era walls with the clean, modern lines of some very nicely-done modern design. The rooms are simple, classy and contemporary, and very comfortable. Some real thought has gone into the running of the guesthouse – the soap in the bathrooms is made from local olive oil, breakfast is a locally-sourced spread of jam and fresh fruit from the orchards, village olive oil and za’atar, taboun bread and hummus (all served on a sunny terrace, if the weather suits). For guests wanting half- or full-board, hot meals can be fetched from local restaurants, or there is a shop in the village and a kitchen you can use. And the staff are delightful.
The guesthouse is an initiative of the Mosaic Centre (a community tourism organisation based in Jericho), the Franciscan Terra Sancta, and Sebastia Municipality. Other parts of the project include a tourist information centre on the village square (which can also teach mosaic-making classes and sells original and replica mosaics), and hikes around the village to sights such as the magams on nearby hills and the old Ottoman railway station.
Phone: 09 253 2545 (if you can’t get through, try the Mosaic Centre on 02 232 6342)
Email: Cultural_Centre2006 [at] yahoo.com
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