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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.
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) email@example.com, (general manager) firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com, [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
Al-Mutran Guest House is a 200-year-old Palestinian mansion, set in the heart of Nazareth’s Old City. It offers both private rooms and suites for families or small groups. The guesthouse was the mansion of the Palestinian Kattouf family, who, according to the guesthouse owners, “were famous for their jewelry and handmade gold, gemstone and diamond products. The wealth that their craftsmanship brought them allowed them to build a beautiful mansion, with stunning tiled floors, balconies overlooking the city, and elegant architecture. Today, it is remodeled and equipped with everything from modern luxuries like WiFi and A/C, to antique furniture.”
Mutran is the Arabic word for bishop, and the guest house has this name because it is situated next to a mansion historically used by the bishop in the historically Palestinian Christian city of Nazareth.
Phone: (reservations) 052 722 9090 (guesthouse) 04 645 7947
An extremely popular family-run guesthouse in the picturesque village of Jifna, near Ramallah and very close to Bir Zeit. Includes a self-contained apartment with breakfast and wifi included, or they can accommodate larger groups in other parts of the house. On top of B&B they can provide full or half board meals and advise on local transport, things to do and see and other arrangements. Book early!
Phone: 02 281 1485 or 059 958 7476
Email: rkhouriya [at] yahoo.com
Brochure downloadable here.
‘Bedouin Hospitality’ is a responsible tourism project of the Regional Council for Unrecognized Villages, an organisation which campaigns for the rights of Bedouin people living in the ‘unrecognised [by the State of Israel] villages’ of the Naqab (Israeli: Negev) desert. Bedouin Hospitality can arrange homestays in several different Bedouin villages and can tailor your stay to to visitors’ needs. For non-Arabic-speaking visitors there are English-speaking hosts, and some hosts can also provide full or half board, tours or talks on the situation for the Naqab Bedouin. Bedouin Hospitality can also arrange tours and meals without accommodation. As Bedouin Hospitality says:
“The Bedouin people are a historically nomadic Arab people who call the desert home and follow their flocks for sustenance. There are Bedouin in almost all Arab nations, and they are regarded as embodying the true essence of what it means to be Arab. In fact, throughout history it was customary for city-dwelling Arabs to send their children to the desert during the summers to live with a Bedouin tribe, so they could learn what it truly means to be Arab, an experience impossible in the city. They are also known for the eloquence of their language, and the culture of poetry recital among the Bedouin remains a staple of Bedouin identity.
In the modern world, however, the traditional Bedouin way of life is a threatened culture. In the Israeli state, the powers that be regard the Bedouin as an inconvenient relic of a forgotten past, and have taken measures to ensure that the Bedouin remain marginalized. There now exist 45 Bedouin villages in the Negev, the southern desert of Israel, where close to 80,000 people live without access to government-provided basic services such as water, electricity, and paved roads. The existence of these villages is the direct result of government attempts to destroy the traditional life of the Bedouin and settle them in cities.”
Email: yallylivnat [at] gmail.com
Phone: +972 54 748 7005 or +972 862 83043
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Jenin’s renovated cinema was re-opened with international fanfare and celebrities in August 2010, after German film director (‘Heart of Jenin’) launched a major fund-raising programme in association with government and community organisations. As well as the cinema and training courses, the programme also included the only accommodation in central Jenin, the new Cinema Jenin guesthouse.
Jenin is a city which has suffered immensely over the last decade, and visitors should not expect the scars of the Battle of Jenin and the refugee camp massacre of 2002 to have vanished. But it is still a city with an immense amount to offer, from the contemporary drama of the Freedom Theatre, to fairtrade organisations like the PFTA, or archaeological remains like those at Khirbet Belameh.
The hostel is located just a few yards away from the cinema, opposite Jenin’s main bus station. It’s a rehabilitated early 20th century villa, with lovely rooftop views (especially of the egrets heading off to roost at sunset) and has some gorgeous original patterned tile floors and stained glass windows. It offers a number of dormitories on the ground and first floor, as well as a small amount of private en-suite accommodation. There’s a shared kitchen and manager Ayman Nasri is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful if there’s anything you need to know during your stay. Via the guesthouse you can also arrange for private Arabic language tuition at extremely reasonable rates.
Phone: 04 250 2455
Email: guesthouse [at] cinemajenin.org
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