Two years after the grand opening of Dismaland, Banksy is back with another dystopian attraction, this time a hotel. The Walled Off Hotel, which proudly boasts the “worst view of any hotel in the world," sits over the wall separating Palestine from Israel in the West Bank in Bethlehem. According to its website, the nine-room hotel/installation officially opens on Saturday (March 11) and also features a gallery, museum and piano bar.
"Britain got its hands on Palestine in 1917 and the piano bar is themed as a colonial outpost from those heady days," reads a description on the website. "It is equipped with languid ceiling fans, leather bound couches and an air of undeserved authority. Guests can peruse a collection of Banksy artworks that include vandalized oil paintings and statues choking on tear gas fumes. Warm scones and freshly brewed tea are served daily on fine bone china and the Walled Off Salad should not be missed." Exclusive concerts by artists including Massive Attack, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Hans Zimmer, Flea and more will be played via a remote-controlled mechanical baby grand.
The hotel, which intends to stay open for a year, is said not to be "aligned to any political movement or pressure group. The aim is to tell the story of the wall from every side and give visitors the opportunity to discover it for themselves." Elton John welcomes guests to the hotel from a remote location in a short video clip; check it out above.