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Live it up like a celebrity in the Holy Land

Ever wanted to know what top international celebrities are up to when they visit Israel? Well, now you can follow in their footsteps because we have the inside scoop on where famous faces like Madonna and Mick Jagger like to sleep, eat and play

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Barbra Streinsand

The Dan Tel Aviv hotel is used to hosting top international celebrities and making sure that they feel as comfortable as possible. But when Barbra Streisand was last in town, the hotel also had to make sure that her cute little dog Samantha, who goes everywhere with her, was happy too. The hotel provided a special carpet so that the little pooch could sleep in as much comfort and luxury as her superstar owner did in the Royal Suite. Babs is no stranger to mixing with A-listers, but during her visit to Jerusalem she had dinner with a particularly interesting bunch. The likes of Bill Clinton, Sharon Stone and Donna Karan joined her for dinner at the Holy City’s most modern 5-star inn, The Mamilla Hotel. The eclectic group, all in town for President Peres’ 90th birthday celebrations, dined at the hotel’s Rooftop restaurant overlooking the Old City. Apparently hungry from all the rehearsals and shoulder-rubbing, Babs ordered a hearty meal of fried gnocchi with black mushrooms followed by a burger and iron salad.

Justin Bieber

Love him or hate him, it’s pretty hard to ignore Justin Bieber when he’s in town. Dozens of hardcore fans took to sleeping outside the Sheraton Tel Aviv beachfront hotel where he was staying in order to catch a glimpse of their favorite star. Being a teenager, he requested lots of snacks and the hotel was happy to oblige. His hefty entourage took over around 30 rooms, some of which had top of the range playstations installed specially to keep the teenager and his pals entertained. This proved to be a smart move because the Canadian pop star ended up spending a lot more time in the hotel than he planned after a few run-ins with the local paparazzi. Despite being given his own space at the archaeological site on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the constant glare of the photographers lenses from afar got too much for Bieber, forcing him to tweet: "All I wanted was the chance to walk where Jesus did here in Israel"....“Staying in the hotel for the rest of the week u happy?” By the time he was ready to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem he had learned how to play the game. He arrived at around 3 a.m. with his mother and a posse of nearly 20, mostly bodyguards who protected the star while he spent time in a special area that had been closed off by police specifically for him.

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