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Molitor, a luxury Paris hotel with an iconic story

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Famed for its two swimming pools, since the 1930s the Molitor has been the place to be in Paris. But last month the Molitor reopened with its spirit and architecture intact.

For more than 60 years Molitor was the most popular swimming baths in Paris – with its two pools, galas, and avant-garde ambience.

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And last month, Molitor was reborn as a luxury Parisian hotel. With views of the summer pool, the 124 rooms at the five-star MGallery hotel are inviting. You can enjoy relaxing in the spa, swim in the indoor pool, or share a cocktail on the rooftop too.

Never short on paradoxes, Molitor cultivated its status as a listed historical monument, while at the same time requiring full reconstruction. How could pastiche therefore be avoided? How could authenticity be preserved?

It was by combining the know-how of four architects that the luxury hotel responded to this challenge with a simple approach: where the elements of art deco were located, the place was rebuilt as lucien pollet had imagined it in 1929.
this is particularly the case in the winter pool, the booths, or the restaurant. it is also very visibly the case on the exterior facade with its yellow tango colour.

Where the original elements could not be found, and of course in the new spaces, the architecture is completely contemporary.

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Other facilities at the luxury Paris hotel include a roof-top terrace with views over the Eiffel Tower, landscaped garden, cocktail bar and grill, luxury Clarins spa with water-inspired treatments, private suites, steam rooms, saunas and Shu Uemura salon. Epicureans will be kept busy at the hotel’s stylish restaurant. Born of the imagination of multi-star chef Yannick Alleno, Molitor’s dining spaces are lifestyles in themselves and make the restaurant a urban gastronomy venue.

Molitor, 13 rue Nungesser et Coli, 75016, Paris, France, mgallery.com

Images courtesy of Alexandre Soria

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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July 3, 2014 | Europe France Paris Travel Western Europe | View comments

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