For eco-conscious travelers visiting Palestine, here are three genuinely charming low-impact guesthouses that will make guests feel at home with the warm welcome of Palestinian hospitality.
The Ottoman Era Turquoise Guesthouse in the ancient city of Nablus is a newly renovated traditional Nablusi merchant’s home. It’s part of a social enterprise that implements sustainable tourism and cultural revitalization within the local community. Guests can enjoy the vibrant social life at the guesthouse, participate in local cultural events of music and art, indulge in the local food culture, and unwind at some of the best local historical Turkish Baths.
Address: Nasser Street, Nablus
Located in the oldest parts of the village of Sebastia is the beautiful Mosaic Guesthouse, an artistically unique boutique guesthouse with displays of vibrant and colorful handmade mosaic artworks created by local artists. The guesthouse offers only locally made Palestinian products, such as handmade soap, jams, and ceramics, as well as providing traditional Palestinian meals prepared by local women. It’s also equipped to accommodate people with disabilities, as it allows for wheelchair accessibility.
Auberg Inn Guesthouse
The family-style Auberg Inn Guesthouse in Jericho has the ambiance of a serene sanctuary. It’s surrounded by a sweetly scented garden that provides fresh produce for everything on the seasonal menu. Guests can enjoy picking fruits from the garden, interacting with gentle farm animals, and gathering around the evening bonfire for hot tea and argileh (water pipe). The guesthouse offers many activities integrated with the local community, such as hiking, e-biking, cooking classes, yoga meditation, horse-drawn carriage rides, and tours.