The decorous world of Welsh hotels has acquired a new mystique with the revelation that MI5 chose them, against countrywide competition, as a bolthole for its most valuable wartime spies.
Secret double agents, whose deception of the Nazis was so effective that several were decorated by the Abwehr secret service, were scheduled to join hikers and retired couples at such nooks as the Swallow Falls hotel in Betws-y-coed if a German invasion force landed on the Channel coast.
Masterminded by MI5’s “Twenty committee”, named because the Roman numerals for 20 form a double-cross, the plan directed agents to the Snowdonia spa, and similarly quiet hotels, in Llandudno and Llanrwst. The operation was codenamed hegira after the Arabic term for the prophet Muhammad’s enforced departure in 622 from Mecca.
“Seven agents were scheduled to check in to these unlikely hiding places,” said Phil Chamberlain, whose study of newly released papers on the episode will be published in next month’s History Today magazine. “They were codenamed Gelatine, Dragonfly, Tate, GW, Mutt, Stork and Snow. For Snow, who was the first important German agent to be turned, it would have been a homecoming – his real name was Arthur Continue reading
In Paris about 40 hotels have the status of “Luxury.” We will tell you about the 7 most luxurious and fashionable hotels in the capital of France.
All these hotels are world famous, they stayed stars, writers, presidents, the Royal family. One of the artists wrote view of Paris, which would become a hallmark of the city. In other rooms were decided the fate of the world. Somewhere was written great novels, but somewhere in the shooting of okolonauchnyh movies. So she lived Princess Diana, and stayed here the hero of “the da Vinci Code”. And all of these seven hotels.
And, of course, all of these Paris hotels five stars!
HÔTEL DE CRILLON
It is a former private Palace. The Hotel de Crillon on place de La Concorde. next to the Park of the Tuileries. initially, the Champs elysées and between the presidential élysée Palace and former Royal Louvre.
The Palace was built in 1758 on the Royal street of Paris by king Louis XV. The hotel Palace began in 1909. It is the oldest luxury hotel in Paris. Continue reading
Of course, the list of the best hotels of the French capital is not confined to our short list; but, on the other hand, a lifetime is not enough in practice to evaluate all of Paris, having lived in them at least a few days. So, maybe someone on our list will be enough.
the numbering used for convenience of presentation
Hotels in the centre of Paris (on the Ile de La Cité), which are often referred to in specialized ratings and positive reviews in the press.
This list is not rated, the numbering used for convenience of presentation. The prices may change from those listed in one or another way. The list will be updated.
Le Meurice (Le Maurice)
One of the best and most expensive hotels in Paris. The location near the Louvre Museum and the famous shopping street of Saint-honoré is also very consistent with its elitism; and the proximity to the major financial institutions of the French capital – the settles not only stars, but also financiers. Continue reading