Located on Bethlehem‘s UNESCO World Heritage site Star Street, a short stroll from the Church of the Nativity on Manger Square, Kassa boutique hotel is a passion project from friends Elizabeth Kassis Sabagh and chef Fadi Kattan (who we recently saw at Notting Hill restaurant, Akub), and is the first of its kind in the old city.
Situated within the historic Sabagh family home, which underwent a thoughtful restoration in 2016, almost 80 years after Elizabeth’s father migrated to Chile, the six-bedroom hotel nods to the traditional architecture of the city as well as its connection to the South American country through the use of stained glass windows, stone flooring and arched ceilings.
Bedrooms are available in a variety of sizes and styles, each with a spacious and modern en-suite bathroom with separate toilets, a sink and walk-in shower, and a large bath in one suite. Furniture and bespoke textiles were sourced from across Chile and Palestine, including handmade woven wall hangings, cushions and local Palestinian artwork selected by Elly.
Communal spaces feature a neutral colour scheme, curated art and minimalist furniture. The ground-floor outdoor patio is where guests can start their day with a breakfast of traditional Palestinian produce from local artisans including including Salesian Bakery and Afteem. Later in the day, wines from Ashkar Winery and craft beer from Taybeh, the first microbrewery of the Middle East, can be enjoyed alongside arak from the small batch Muaddi Craft Distillery.
A rooftop bar and terrace with 360-degree views of the old city is slated to open throughout 2023, and will complement the current offerings of the hotel which Kattan describes as “reconnecting Bethlehem’s history with our diaspora through a space of beauty and hospitality where we celebrate the crafts and tastes of Palestine.”
A dream made possible by family roots, Kassa Hotel Bethlehem is a beautiful labour of love bringing something entirely new to this historic city.