The Molitor swimming pool has already had several lives. Built in 1929 by Lucien Pollet, the Molitor swimming pool rapidly become THE place to be seen. A trendsetter, it was at the Art Deco temple that was Molitor swimming pool that the first bikinis were worn in July 1946. It is an rebellious and quirky place where there are no rules. Many events were organized here: water galas, fashion shows, theatrical performances ... and in winter people would come here to ice skate. The so-called white liner closed its doors in 1989 and street artists made it their open-air gallery. It was also classified as a historical monument in 1989. The pool remained closed from 1989 to 2007, while sporting street art works. In 2007, the project to turn it into a hotel began and the Hotel Molitor opened its doors on May 19, 2014.
The original building has been preserved and the decoration itself is a combination of Art Deco and street art. Even from afar it is hard to miss this beautiful Art Deco building with its tango yellow facade, the original color of the Molitor pool. It was not an easy task to build a hotel on the site of a pool classified as a historical monument. The architects therefore decided to keep all of the Art Deco traces (including the stained glass, the portholes) and where there were no vestiges of the era, they chose a contemporary style. This is the case in the lobby. The latter was built entirely from scratch. A new entrance has been created. The furniture that can be seen is taken from the apartment of an elderly lady. The tagged Rolls-Royce in the lobby belonged to Eric Cantona. Another contemporary touch - the two floors added around the summer pool. The more contemporary white part can be seen above the old changing rooms.
The hotel is organized around the two pools of the Molitor. These were completely rebuilt as identical replicas. You will find the summer pool (46 meters) heated all year round at 28 degrees, which all of the guestrooms overlook, as well as the winter pool (33 meters) covered with a beautiful glass canopy. A little anecdote: the winter pool is flat with the same depth throughout, which makes it possible to organize events in the pool once it has been emptied. For example, a tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, or an opera. The old blue changing rooms of the winter pool have been preserved but are not used as changing rooms for guests. They will be made available for artists to create works of art in the former changing rooms.
Guests at the hotel and club members can also enjoy the beautiful gym with its parquet floors. In fact, there are three gyms and all of them overlook the summer pool. Cardio fitness, weight training, but also Pilates and zumba. They are all equipped with modern machines, but are decorated in a vintage design, and still featurethe old parallel bars and an old pommel horse all in wood. Coaches are on hand to help guests.
The spa is open to all. The theme of this spa By Clarins is water. The Art Deco decoration continues here as well, along with antique objects. A steam room, a manicure pedicure space, a hairdressers, a barber and no less than 13 treatments rooms are available for the wellness of customersarea is nice and cosy.
The meeting rooms (5) are hidden in the basement. This space is also dedicated to artists and street art. The artists were given carte blanche to decorate the rooms. By you next visit, the art works will probably have been updated. Remember that at the Molitor, artists have found a real gallery to exhibit their works. Nothing is planned in advance, the decoration varies according to the ideas and desires of the artists. The same will go for winter pool dessing rooms which have been converted into galleries.