These Hotels Were Home to Famous Spies
PHOTO: Le Meurice. (Photo courtesy the Dorchester Collection)
Spies need a place to lay their heads, too and they have a penchant for luxury. It makes sense, after all, undercover operations are a stressful line of work. If you’ve ever wondered where the 007s of the world like to spend the night, Conde Nast Traveler has compiled a list of luxe properties that have hosted some well-known secret agents.
First up: The Stafford in London. Well-known for its Victorian facade and prime location, the hotel’s American Bar was a popular hangout during World War II and was frequented by the Special Operations Executive, a British WWII covert military organization, writes Jordi Lippe-McGraw.
Le Meurice in Paris is known for hosting stars such as Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso, Elizabeth Taylor and Kanye West, but it was also a popular five-star hangout for the savvy spy.
“Mata Hari, the Dutch courtesan and German spy known as H-21, was a frequent guest of this spot in the 1st arrondissement before being executed by firing squad under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I,” writes Lippe-McGraw.
If you are looking for a place to rest your head during your own undercover operation, look no further than these other famous spy hotels.
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