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Molitor Hotel in Paris Club & Spa

Take a dip in luxury at an iconic Parisian hotspot.

Take a dip in luxury at an iconic Parisian hotspot.
Paris may be swimming in new luxury hotels these days, but the Molitor has managed to distinguish itself with a unique – and healthy! – offering, modern design and unparalled space.

The recently revamped Hotel Molitor may have opened its doors just last May, but it comes with a built-in history.
Created in 1929, the Molitor was a massive public space with two swimming pools for more than 60 years.
It closed in 1989, was listed as a historical monument and the dilapidated building became a stomping ground for artists and the Paris underground.

The hotel still has a very vintage feel – sitting at the pool sipping a cocktail, you’ll feel like you are in the middle of a 1960s edition of French Vogue

The iconic spot has gotten a rather expensive (€80 million / $110 million) makeover via US investment fund Colony Capital.
Located in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, this peaceful refuge may feel like an out-of-town resort, but it’s located not far from the center of the city, just a hop, skip or short metro or taxi ride away.
Rooms are modern and spacious, with views of the vast pool or garden, and start at just 230Euros, quite a steal for a 5-star luxury spot.
At the Molitor by M Gallery, Art deco meets l’art modern (think: murals by Futura 2000 and Mr. Brainwash and a graffiti-ridden car parked in the hotel lobby and rotating art expos in the former changing rooms in the indoor pool space.)

Plus, the Molitor hasn’t forgotten where it came from. Local schoolchildren can swim in the pool three mornings per week and several teams of architects and historians were hired to make sure to preserve as much of the original building and pool areas as possible.
The hotel still has a very vintage feel – sitting at the pool sipping a cocktail, you’ll feel like you are in the middle of a 1960s edition of French Vogue – but has managed to age gracefully (think: accessible wifi all over the hotel, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and travel-friendly amenities in every room.)
Locals can become members of the gym facilities and pool and the hotel plans to launch a healthy detox program in the coming months for wary travels and the fashion crowds.

It’s a popular spot for visiting athletes since it’s not far from nearby Rolland Garros (the French national tennis team has just arrived when I paid the hotel a visit in early Fall).
Plus, bathe in luxury downstairs at the more than 18,000-feet vast Clarins spa complete with detoxifying massages and facials for body and mind, Kure Bazaar manicure and pedicures, Shu Uemura hair treatments and healthy infusions and elixirs.
Once your skin is glowing, grab a bite at Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno’s restaurant.

Dive in to this escape from reality in Paris!

Hotel Molitor Paris

 

Photos by Christophe Dugied and Gilles Trillard

Rebecca Leffler

Rebecca Leffler is a writer, journalist and wellness consultant. She is the author of best-selling French book Green, Glam & Gourmande and follow-up title Green, Glam & Happy. Her book “Très green, très clean, très chic: Eat (and live!) the new French way with plant-based, gluten-free recipes for every season” was released in 2015. Follow Rebecca at Lafleurparisny.com.

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