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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: 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
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
In late 2010, when the research for the Bradt Guide to Palestine was being carried out, it wasn’t clear whether this hostel in the Old City of Hebron would remain open. However, as a popular, clean, extremely affordable and very well-located place to stay in this under-served city, it’s worth getting in touch to check. Shared kitchen, small dorms, linen supplied, owned by a tour guide who can also arrange trips.
Phone: 059 927 1190
Email: h_sharabati [at] hotmail.com
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
Tags: Hostel, dormitories, shared kitchen, guesthouse, private rooms, B&B, full board, half board, West Bank, Cinema Jenin, Jenin, Freedom Theatre, Khirbet Belameh, PFTA, Fairtrade, Palestine Fairtrade Association, Bradt G
In January 2011 the Friends of the Earth – Middle East environment centre at Al-Auja, just north of the Jericho in the Jordan Valley, opened its new guesthouse. It has six single-sex dormitories and, as well as accommodation and food, the Al-Auja guesthouse offers classes in Palestinian cookery and handicrafts, bicycle hire and hikes in the Jordan Valley concentrating on the area’s biodiversity and history. All proceeds from the guesthouse are returned to the community in Al-Auja.
Phone: 02 231 0424
Email: fadi [at] foeme.org or info [at] foeme.org
Read about Al-Auja Environment Centre Guesthouse on:
- Green Prophet
Tags: Hostel, dormitories, shared kitchen, guesthouse, B&B, full board, half board, settlers, rural Palestine, Jordan Valley, Jericho, Al-Auja, ecotourism, environment, water, cookery, bike hire, bicycles, hiking, walking, education, community tourism, accommodation