Five Star Hotel in
A welcoming reception in the heart of
Written by Špelca
On entering the lovely hotel I'm surrounded with smiling faces of friendly Palestinians,
bright, white smiles of innocent children having fun on a small part of the beach guarded with Israeli war ships
who are constantly terrorizing Palestinian fishermen and destroying their already weak ships. Surrounded with
beauty of the Mediterranean and the sound of waves whispering cruel stories about fishermen of the sea, I enter the
At the reception I'm warmly welcomed and then when I enter the hotel lobby I see a donkey
tied to a pillar, looking at the sky, hoping to serve it's purpose once again one day.
After signing the guest book, I am kindly invited by the local herdsmen, to a tour of this
prestigious hotel and also to meet the other people who are employed in it. A dozen shepherd boys waved at me to
come closer and I walk through a beautiful hallway towards the hotel's interior. I can already hear the bleating
and soon I see a herd of goats and sheep seeking for a shelter from a hot summer's day. But enough shade for today,
it's time for afternoon pasture. The shepherd boys chased the herd out of the building. Again you can hear loud
bleating and stamping of the hooves, the dust rises, glistening in the sun. I cover myself with a scarf to protect
my face from the rising dust. I continue with the tour of the hotel.
The walls that had not been destroyed are covered with graffiti which are speaking to the
visitor, encouraging him to stay and see the beauty of occupied Gaza, trapped under the iron military foot of
Zionist murderers and blood-thirsty madmen.
I walk up the stairs and I meet some guests. They all greet me with smiling faces, I know
they are happy with my visit. On the first floor I decide that I would continue with an elevator. A big hole
revealing the greatness of the sky above it. The elevator is out of service so I walk outside. There are smiles
everywhere and goodhearted welcome from the people forgotten by the world. Surrounding me are children, with
sparkles in their eyes who believe and hope for a better future, which is anything else than
And yet despite this uncertainty the hotel has a distinct unique charm about it. Some
of the unpaid staff have ingeniously turned one of the walls into a climbing frame for local residents and
guests. I watch as one guest decides to run up and see how far up the wall he can go without any
It appears that most of the guests and staff at this five star hotel are mostly
refugees who were brutally banished from their own homes, their own land, because Israel is restlessly destroying
people's homes and this is happening for more than four decades. It's amazing to see how positive the people's view
of the world is, even though, there isn't even one of them who have not lost at least one family member whom they
deeply loved. They are refugees, living on the most populated piece of the earth, without any roof over their heads
and yet they turn out to be kind,lively,peaceful and full of hope that the Israeli occupation will soon end and
they would be finally able to return to their homeland, where their roots have grown so deeply into the Palestinian
land, the soul of Palestinian nation.
The sad reality is that this is one of many luxurious buildings and hotels all destroyed
under occupation and yet if you decide to visit make a reservations whilst you may not get a room you can be
guaranteed of a very warm reception. Please enjoy your stay.
Welcome to Hotel Gaza !