Where We Stayed in Palestine

Hebron Palestine 2016

In February 2016 when traveling in Palestine, I had some hard priorities for where our group of TechWomen mentors stayed:

  1. Safety
  2. Cleanliness
  3. Wifi available
  4. Expense – affordability
  5. Charm, local style

Gaza City

In Gaza City, TechWomen Fellow Mai Temraz of Gaza SkyGeeks – MercyCorps kindly arranged for us to stay at the luxurious al-Mashtal Hotel (an ArcMed Hotel – on Salah Khalaf Street, in Gaza), on the beach in the north western area of the city. It was quiet and comfortable with ocean and city views. We could see the fishing boats going out in the morning (and clearly hear the morning Israeli rockets as well). The State of Qatar has its offices in this hotel.

Our group gave a series of presentations at the fancy Roots Hotel in Gaza City. Roots is located on the harbor and would have been more convenient for our meetings but all of the rooms were full for a big event when we were there. Roots has a very pleasant terrace cafe with good food and a waterfront view.

al-Mashtal Hotel, Gaza City, Palestine 2016

al-Mashtal Hotel view, Gaza City, Palestine 2016

Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem

Since we gave business and technical presentations in both Ramallah and Hebron, we decided to stay in Bethlehem, which is more or less between those two cities in the West Bank region.  Bethlehem is a mixed Christian and Muslim city and is close to Jerusalem, so it is easier to get out in case of trouble.  I posted more Bethlehem photos in my Three Border Walls blog post.  In Bethlehem, we were very graciously hosted by TechWomen Fellow Sandra Al-Arja, whose family owns several hotels.  We stayed in the Bethlehem Hotel (which is comfortable with lovely views over the city, near Manger Square) and also visited the Angel Hotel (which was full so we could not stay there).

Bethlehem Hotel key, Palestine 2016

Bethlehem Hotel view, Palestine 2016

Images Copyright 2016 by Katy Dickinson

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