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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
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
The Tent of Nations is a campsite and summer camp on a farm known as Daher’s Vineyard after Daher Nasser, the grandfather of the present owners. The farm is situated near the village of Nahalin, just off the main road (Route 60) between Bethlehem and Hebron in the southern West Bank. Nasser bought the land in 1916 but, despite an Israeli Supreme Court decision, it has remained the target of attempted land grabs by settlers for nearly two decades. The Nasser family is unable to get planning permission to build on the land, so the accommodation for volunteers and summer camps is in specially-constructed tents and caves. Volunteer roles include helping to tend the orchards, looking after livestock, teaching English at the women’s empowerment project, youth work with Palestinian youngsters during the summer camps or digging water-storage cisterns. Tent of Nations is also one of the few West bank organisations happy to accept short-term as well as long-term volunteers. Accommodation March to November only
Phone: 02 274 3071 or 052 297 5985
Email: dnassar [at] tentofnations.org or info [at] tentofnations.org
Tags: Bethlehem, Bradt Guide to Palestine, camping, Daher's Vineyard, dormitories, Etzion Bloc, farmers, farming, half board, Hebron, Nahalin, Newe Daniel, rural Palestine, settlers, summer camps, teaching English, Tent of Nations, tents, volunteering, West Bank, women, youth work
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.
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
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: B&B, Bradt G, Cinema Jenin, dormitories, Fairtrade, Freedom Theatre, full board, guesthouse, half board, Hostel, Jenin, Khirbet Belameh, Palestine Fairtrade Association, PFTA, private rooms, shared kitchen, West Bank