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
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