A Taste of “Concentration Camp” Gaza: The Aldeira Hotel

Inspired by the Gaza mall photos, I will endeavor to feature various facilities from Gaza over the next few weeks, with the aim of providing readers with a glimpse into the real Gaza, which is anything but a concentration camp as some claim.

My point is not that there is no hardship in Gaza, but rather that the situation is a far cry from what is being presented by the palestinians, their supporters and the mainstream media.

Introducing Gaza’s Aldeira Hotel, “an architectural and artistic gem located on the sands of the Gaza coast.”

Built in sun dried mud bricks, in a traditional style featuring graceful arches, vaulted and domed ceilings, hand crafted furniture and open interior spaces, the Al Deira bring to mind an contemporary palace overlooking  blue Mediterranean waters.

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Aldeira Hotel

Hotel exterior

Aldeira Hotel

Hotel lobby

Aldeira Hotel

Hotel lobby

Aldeira Hotel

Hotel room

Aldeira Hotel

Hotel room

Aldeira Hotel

Hotel room

Aldeira Gaza

Hotel bathroom

Aldeira Hotel

Hotel restaurant

Aldeira Hotel

Hotel restaurant

Aldeira Hotel

Hotel restaurant

The hotel features 22 spacious rooms, an elegant restaurant and coffee shop overlooking the sea, wireless Internet access, a fully equipped
business center..and a very fancy website.

Needless to say, it ain’t cheap.

Aldeira hotel pricelist

About Aussie Dave

An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/juvanya juvanya

    wikitravel.org/en/Gaza#Sleep

  • walt kovacs

    10 dollars per day for wireless access? ripoff

    its very simple….there is not, never was and never will be a humanitarian crisis in gaza that is caused by israel

    any problems they have are due to their being led by terrorist bastiches who are more interested in destroying israel than in building a country

    they couldve easily turned the entire area into a holiday resort for the rest of the muslim world…thereby having full employment….that isnt what they want

    so eff em…nuke em and eff the world

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/BrianOfLondon BrianOfLondon

      $10 is a bargin! The Hilton in Tel Aviv charged over $20

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/rafrafUk rafrafUk

        The metropolitan on Trumpeldore was free last time I stayed :-)

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/juvanya juvanya

          Most hotels Ive seen have it free

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/juvanya juvanya

      forget the rest of the muslim world. its prime mediterranean real estate. build a few casinos and whatnot and youll start rolling in the dough.

      • Michael Zvi Krumbein

        That’s what Peres wanted, as Dave has posted here several times.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/juvanya juvanya

          I meant for them. A rich self concerned Gaza wont bother us.

  • Norman B.

    Another place for international news reporters to hang out in and write about how oppressive life is in the strip.

  • Bubbe

    Any idea who's behind the building and funding of these type places being built, Dave?

  • Jim from Iowa

    Far be it from me to tell someone how to run his website, a website that is truly informative and entertaining. So I think he might be running this "Gaza is not a concentration camp" idea into the ground–a bit of overkill, if you will. But who am I? Just a Goy from the Midwest who is asking this question: "Who is a Jew?" I ask this in the context of the Conversion Bill currently under consideration in the Knesset introduced by MK Rotem from the Haredim party (I always have trouble remembering Hebrew names, sorry). What is going on here? State sanctioning of one branch of Judaism as the official religion of the State? What happened to the Israel of pluralism, secularism, shared values that Americans love about Israel? This concerns me, this Goy way over here in the Midwest USA. Any discussion on this topic or are you just interested in new malls in Gaza?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/israellycool israellycool

      Jim,

      Due to time constraints, I cannot cover all the news. And my priority is regarding the Middle East conflict – hence the Gaza mall and hotel posts.

      I will try to cover the conversion bill soon. Please be patient.

      • Jim from Iowa

        My heart soars like a hawk.

    • Michael Zvi Krumbein

      There is no “Hareidim” party. I have no idea what this bill is, or what party you are referring to. I know there has been a push for decades to only recognize conversions that everyone would agree to – this push mainly by the late Lubavicher Rebbe. Generally, all conversions are recognized, but it doesn’t help for marriage. Otherwise, the Jewish people would be split into two groups that cannot intermarry.

      Given how religious a country America is (see the polls), I doubt they would be for “secularism”, which I believe means a state-sactioned form of anti-religion. Maybe you mean disentablishmentariansim?

      P.S. Do you know that Catholics in Israel can’t get divorced? Athough they call anullments “divorces” here, given that the language is dominated by Judaism.

      • Jim from Iowa

        Americans are for separation of Church and State, even very religious Americans. Americans would strongly object to any Christian denomination, say the Episcopalians, as being recognized by the Congress as the "official" church in America, and that all others would need to seek their approval for such things as marriage, divorce, burial, and other religious rites. That is my understanding of what this conversion bill seeks to do in Israel. To set up the Ultra Orthodox (I know you don't like that term but I forget the euphemism you prefer) as the one and only religious authority in Israel on such matters. I could be wrong. I'm getting all my information from Haaretz and not from IsraellyCool because Dave is stuck on talking about these stupid opulent malls and hotels in Gaza.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/israellycool israellycool

          Jim,

          Firstly, I dealt with the topic yesterday in my Day in Israel post.

          Secondly, believe it or not, I lead a busy life and cannot blog about everything. I prefer to focus on things related to the conflict.

          Say what you want about these posts, but they have made an impact, judging by my traffic referrers list. People are linking to them, sharing them on Facebook and Twitter, and I believe they are helping dispel some myths about the situation in Gaza.

          Thirdly, if I tried to please everyone on here, the blog would bore even me.

          • Jim from Iowa

            You are right on all three counts. Please forgive me. I'll read your post on the Conversion Bill right now.

        • Michael Zvi Krumbein

          Yes, that's what I said, disestrblishmentarianism, separation of religion and state. That is a lot different from "secularism". Although the phrse was put into American jurisprudence by a anti-Catholic bigot and forger memever of the Klan who served on the Supreme Court, it is possible, at least, that most Americans would agree with it. But secularism, is something else entirely, which is what I meant. I'm gald you agree.

          I'm not aware that other religions need approval by the Rabbanut. They run their own affairs. I'm glad you agree that the government needs to stay out of marriage, divorce, burial, etc. The govenment is too much involved in it here, such as banning polygamy, the special conversion comittee this bill seeks to perpetuate, etc.

          • Michael Zvi Krumbein

            (Too many misspellings there.)

            The Rabbanut was created by the Zionist establishment, and is not Chareidi, nor do the Chareidim recognze its authority. However, since we produce more Rabbis, we tend to have a lot more members serving on it these days. So what people have problems, it's like what you hear itn the U.S., "oh, that's the Jews running the media". The specific issue, I believe, was a ruling by one rabbinic judge that the conversions of a certain rabbi need to be re-examined.

  • Lloyd S.

    Actually Dave, for a hotel of the quality that this one seems to have from your pics, $125 – 185 per night is dirt cheap. $250 – $600 per night is more the range for luxury accomodations. Of course, hotels that charge such rates aren't in Gaza, and don't require potential gusts to run the risk of being kidnapped by terrorists, or arrested for having a drink…

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