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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 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
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
Based in an educational centre for children with disabilities and run by the Moravian Church, Star Mountain offers a very different experience from the rather same-y mid-range tourist hotels or expensive 5* establishments of Ramallah city centre. It offers dormitory or chalet accommodation (with breakfasts and use of a shared kitchen) in a beautiful woodland setting, about 10 minutes by car/taxi from Ramallah. It also has wifi for guests during the day.
Address: Main St, Abu Qash, Ramallah
Telephone: 02 296 2705/6
Email: starmountaincenter [at] gmail.com
Website (German/Arabic): www.starmountain.org
Read about Star Mountain on:
- Green Prophet
- Virtual Tourist
- Star Mountain website (history)
See a Barenboim-Said Foundation workshop at Star Mountain on YouTube:
Tags: Abu Qash, B&B, Bradt Guide to Palestine, children, children with disabilities, community tourism, dormitories, Hostel, Moravian Church, Ramallah, rehabilitation, responsible travel, shared kitchen, Star Mountain, West Bank, wifi
‘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
Tags: tours, Bradt Guide to Palestine, private rooms, B&B, full board, half board, hiking, walking, Bedouin, homestay, home stay, Negev, Naqab, Bedouin Hospitality, responsible travel, community tourism, accommodation
Alsera is an ‘unrecognised’ Bedouin village in Naqab (known by the Israeli name of Negev). This means that its people are denied basic services, their homes stand under constant threat of demolition, their crops may be poisoned or damaged and their land is taken for new Israeli settlements. Despite this, Khalil Alamour, a teacher from the village who has represented his people and spoken about their plight at the UN, welcomes visitors into his home, where people can learn about the situation for the Bedouin of the Naqab and see how ordinary Bedouins live day-to-day, away from the stereotyped facilities of Israeli tourist sites in the Negev. Visitors need to note that this is a very traditional community where very modest dress must be worn and where unmarried members of different sexes may not share bedrooms.
Accommodation in Alsera can be booked in two ways. If you want to pay via credit or debit card, you can book via Green Olive Tours, an Israeli social enterprise which runs tours and provides accommodation in Palestine and Palestinian communities within Israel. Or you can get in touch via Bedouin Hospitality, a community tourism scheme run by the Regional Council of Unrecognized Bedouin Villages.