Press about Area D

Here is a selection of just some of the news articles and blogs written about us. If you are a journalist or travel blogger/digital nomad and would like to write something about Area D Hostel during your visit to the region, please contact us directly 🙂


“Ramallah has become a popular destination for backpackers looking for a place less travelled”

Latin American Herald Tribune/ Herald Sun

“Welcome to Palestine!” echoes through the streets as the “ajnabi”, Arabic for foreigner, take in the life of the city full of traffic, shouting street vendors and the strong aroma of coffee. Despite security warnings, it is common that after spending a few days in Israel, tourists visit the West Bank and see the reality of the place with their own eyes.

“Ramallah: ‘Slumming’ in Palestine”

“…towering above the buzzing central market on the top floor of an apartment block is the stylish hostel ‘Area: D’ where the politically conscious travelers meet.

Colorful do-it-yourself décor and comfy leather sofas create a hip and relaxing atmosphere. The open, inviting space is a welcome reprieve from the bustle of Ramallah’s streets. And the large windows offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and the spectacular Abdel Nasser mosque right next door. ”

This shot was taken by Area D Youth Hostel's first long-term guest, an anthropologist studying settlers

The view takes in Jerusalem, a refugee camp, the market, and a settlement

“Hostels Are Sprouting Up in the West Bank, Showing a Side of Palestine Few Americans See”


“From the windows of Area D, on the top floor of a central Ramallah high-rise, the view is astonishing. Past the fruit market and emerald-studded minarets is hilly, urban sprawl; beyond that, West Jerusalem. Psagot, a settlement, is closer.”


“What Narendra Modi won’t be doing in Ramallah”

Condé Nast Traveller

If you are looking for the hostel experience, Area D is your ticket. …[T]he view from the rooftop is unparalleled anywhere else in the city


“A Postcard from Palestine”


With the help of locals we found our hostel, perched above a thriving vegetable market with a splendid view of West Jerusalem on the horizon. From this sure base we have launched forays north and south; working at the Jalazone refugee camp during the day, with excursions to Tulkarem, Nablus, and Bethlehem.


The hostel's book exchange is right under the juice bar

Area D’s famous self-serve juice bar


“Nasce “Area D”, primo Ostello della Gioventù cisgiordano”


“L’arredamento è un misto tra l’industrial e l’etnico che fonde materiali riciclati. I comodini dei letti, ad esempio, sono delle cassette della frutta in plastica fissate al muro – e usa la toponomastica consueta a chi abbia visitato i Territori. E così al posto dell’insegna “reception” campeggia invece ironicamente la scritta “check point”


“Ecco l’ostello “proibito””

La Repubblica

“Una posizione centrale e “super partes”, che vuole in qualche modo racchiudere e riassumere le differenze e raccontare le uguaglianze. Parole d’ordine: leggerezza, semplicità, sorriso.”


“Turismo e ativismo na Palestina”


Ao ano, milhares de europeus e norte-americanos, principalmente, mas também cidadãos africanos e de países do extremo Oriente, como Japão e Coreia do Sul, reúnem-se na Palestina para conhecer o local e seus sítios arqueológicos, e igualmente para prestar solidariedade a um povo atingido por problemas sociais e desordem política.


” فندق برام الله يتجاوز “اوسلو” ويروي الحكاية الفلسطينية…Area D”

Al Iqtisadi

القادم من وسط مدينة رام الله باتجاه الشارع المؤدي الى مسجد جمال عبد الناصر يلمح من بعيد لافتة حمراء كتب عليها “Area D Hostel” ،فمن قرأ اللافتة لا يستطيع ادراك معناها الا اذا جلس بداخل هذا الفندق الذي انشأ قبل عام فقط، فالفندق يروي في كل زاوية من زواياه حكاية مدينة فلسطينية مسلوبة.


Blog posts about Area D:


A Story With Two Sides

Tourism in Palestine?

Tales from a Palestinian Refugee Camp

We made it!