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Hotel MGallery Molitor Hotel 5 star
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Pool, art and life, these are the key words of this establishment. The Hotel Molitor opened its doors on the site of the old and renowned Molitor swimming pool. This hotel is a showcase for artists, street art, but also for sports. You will find all the services and the reception worthy of a 5 * hotel, plus two beautiful Art Deco swimming pools. After 33 months of renovation work, the former Molitor pool rises from the ashes to the delight of its guests.

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      MGallery Molitor   -   © Frédéric Baron-Morin / Photothèque AccorHotels

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      MGallery Molitor   -   © Abacapress / Boris Zuliani / Photothèque AccorHotels

       
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    Location 6.75 /10

    The Hotel Molitor is located not far from boulevard d'Auteuil, on the site of the former Molitor swimming pool. The Porte d'Auteuil is just a few minutes walk away. There you can find both bus and metro transport (line 9 and 10). The Hotel Molitor is situated in a quiet area between the Parc des Princes, the Stade Jean Bouin stadium, the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil botanical garden and the Roland Garros stadium. The location has a strong sport connotation. Admittedly it is slightly far from the centers of interest and monuments of the capital, but these are quickly accessible via public transport.

    Accommodation 8.50 /10

    The 124 guestrooms (including 20 suites) all overlook the summer pool except for the 4 rooms with no pool view. The latter do however feature a large terrace. For the guestrooms overlooking the outdoor pool, the bed is facing the window to give guests a view of the pool from the comfort of their bed The decoration is simple and uncluttered, with tones of gray, white and black. All of the guestrooms have the same decoration. The only thing that changes from one room to another is the lithograph of the Molitor swimming pool. Here, as in the rest of the hotel, the artwork can be bought if you fall in love with one of them. Throughout the hotel, you will find old photos and street art works. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, an iPod docking station, and a coffee machine with capsules. The bathrooms are furnished with a nice Italian shower. White and wood dominate. A real little cocoon, the guestrooms at the Hotel Molitor are ideal for relaxation.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    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.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    No less than four dining areas are available to hotel guests and to outside customers. First, the restaurant, overlooking the rue du Chateau on one side and the summer pool on the other. The Art Deco spirit is very present here. The old windows from 1929 have been preserved as well as the mosaic floors. The ceilings have been restored identically. Here also the Art Deco furniture is have been purchased at a flea market stand. The room is bright and welcoming. It feels like a trip back in time. The outdoor terrace allows guests to enjoy the pool while you sample gourmet French cuisine. Here are some dish ideas to get your mouth watering: foie gras with artichoke, lobster gratin, Molitor burger or the traditional Elizabeth omelette. A bar next to the restaurant offers a fine selection of spirits and cocktails. Around the summer pool alongside the old changing rooms, you can dine on the Mezzanine. Club Sandwich, salads and burgers are available here. Ideal for observing life around the summer pool. The hotel's best feature is the beautiful roof terrace with stunning views of the two pools as well as Paris. A summer kitchen has been installed with a green wall made?of herbs (sage, chives, rosemary and many others) which will of course be cooked. Here the menu is slightly different. guets can enjoy informal grillswhile comfortably seated in chairs and armchairs scattered around the roof in small gardens, away from prying eyes. Ideal for a drink on a summer night with friends or as a couple.

    To know

    Both swimming pools are restricted to guests staying at the hotel, unless they are part of the elite club (only 1,000 members are admitted). Other benefits if you are a member of this exclusive club include the opportunity to use the gym and participate in sports classes (aerobics, pilates, zumba, etc.). As far as the restaurant, bar, roof terrace and spa are concerned, they are open to outside customers.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, aqua gym, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Barber
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

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