Book review: War Hotels – Bedding down in the most dangerous hotels on the planet

An entertaining book based on an Al Jazeera documentary series revisits the hotels that have found themselves at the centre of history’s nastiest conflicts

The Europa Hotel in Belfast: the most bombed hotel in Europe at one point. Picture: Pacemaker

During the Northern Troubles, new arrivals at Belfast’s Europa Hotel would find a typed letter from manager Harper Brown in their rooms. “As you are probably aware,” Brown wrote, “there are certain factors in this province which can be difficult for visitors to understand and appreciate.” He offered some tips about personal security, but decided not to mention one little fact – his establishment was then officially the most bombed hotel in Europe.

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