Rafah, Egypt and the area around it is full of history and beautiful buildings and scenery. It is also a place with a lot of difficulties for the people who live there. The hope is one day in the near future that people from all over the world will be able to come safely to Rafah and the area and experience what there is to offer. Unfortunately, there are none in Rafah itself. This is due in no small part to the buffer zones and the displacement of homes in the area. There are hotels in Gaza which are nice. Along with others within 30 kilometers of Rafah. In an effort to prepare for the time that it will be easier to visit Rafah. I have listed some places to stay around the area.
- Al Deira Hotel
This is considered one of the best hotels in town. This hotel is stylish and modern. It is also a well-run hotel. The designer of the Arts & Crafts Village in Gaza also constructed this hotel. He is architect Rashid Abdel Hamid. There is a nice view of the sea from the balconies. There is good wireless internet connection in the rooms.
- Hotel Marna House
This is a nice smaller style hotel. It has a homey feel and is located in Gaza City. The staff at this hotel has a reputations for being very helpful. There is TV and Balconies available with the nice comfortable rooms. The cost of the rooms includes breakfast.
- Palestine Hotel
This room is located on the city’s seafront road. It offers clean rooms at a reasonable price. It has good service and a good location. It is in an upscale part of town.
- The Adam
This hotel is also located on the city’s sea front road and has clean rooms and reasonable rates. They offer good customer service and a nice location.
- Al Quds International Hotel
This hotel is located on the seafront road in Gaza City. The offer decent clean rooms and have decent rates that are affordable. They have a reputation for good service.
- Al Mathaf
This is a beautiful hotel in Gaza that is in a very safe area. It has beautiful modern rooms, large meeting areas and special senior suites. They offer a multi-use hall that is adorned with a beautiful chandelier. The hotel is located on a small hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The hotel highlights the rich history of the area while blending with the modern style. They have 34 beautiful guest rooms. Among these rooms there are 2 presidential suites and 4 Royal suites. Many of the rooms have balconies. The staff is very helpful. They also offer a Restaurant with delicious food.
- The Grand Palace Hotel
This hotel is located in the Gaza Strip and is a Luxury style hotel. It has a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel opened in 2004. It is located on the beach and has direct views of the sea. It is in a nice quiet area but close to the city center. The staff is very helpful and highly trained. They have 2 high level generators to accommodate guests during the electricity cut offs which happen often. Internet access is offered throughout the hotel. They offer conference rooms for meetings and have a restaurant on site. They also have a restaurant cafe on the roof which has beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Many of these hotels are reported to be in the safer parts of Gaza. Hopefully one day soon it will be safer in the whole region so more people can enjoy the beautiful area.