Since the 1920’s Molitor was a well known and popular swimming pool in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. In the 80’s it was abandoned and it soon became a place where graffiti artists showed their work. Since 2014 Accor group took the building under their care and turned it into a beautiful MGallery hotel. Foodies Have Arrived went to Paris to check out the impressive Hotel Molitor.
The indoor and outdoor pool are still the heart of the building and the Accor Group embraced its’ history to the fullest. With lots of details of the glory days with stained glass windows, old photography and art deco furniture. The more recent history can be seen in the graffiti art that is a striking element in the hotel. From the menu's to the graffiti rolls royce in the lobby.
The history of the hotel is a rich one. This is where the Parisians socialised during the summer while sunbathing or swimming in the open air or indoor pool. During the winter the outside pool converted into a skating rink. Unfortunately during the 70's the building started to decay and definitely closed its' doors in 1989. But it didn't stay abandoned for a long time. The empty swimming pools were the ideal place for street artists to display their graffiti art. It also became a venue for concerts, parties and fashion shows. In 2007 however the city council decided to run a tender to restore the building. Accor group renovated the building faithful to it's history rebuilding the balustrades, the pools and the cabins.
Since May 2014 guests can enjoy the indoor and outdoor swimming pool and book one of the 124 rooms and suites. There is also a 1.700 m2 Spa by Clarins with an hammam, sauna, relaxing rooms and treatment rooms and The Club offers workout possibilities and yoga. For us foodies Hotel Molitor offers a rooftop (only open during the season) where you can enjoy a beautiful view on the building itself and it surroundings. Sometimes giving its' guests the feeling they are on a cruiseship. The bar offers signature cocktails, snacks and a DJ on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
We had the possibility to enjoy a lunch in the Brasserie Urbaine. This all day restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch on Sundays, lunch and dinner. Chef Julien Mercier offers many healthy, gluten free and vegan options. On the other hand indulging his guests on the pastry side with beautiful desserts. The menu offers a combines French traditional cuisine with surprising elements. We chose the smoked salmon with a black olive crunch and the Steak Tartare with nectarine and blackberries. Pure flavors with details that make you happy. What makes me even more happy is the eye candy in the dessert display. I needed the help of the lovely friendly waitress twice to make my choice and went for the yuzu and lime tart. What a joy! But I absolutely have to come back for the dog rose mont blanch which was already finished.
Hotel Molitor and the Brasserie Urbaine is an absolute must-visit when you are in Paris. The building is impressive and could be the only reason for visiting this neighborhood next to the Bois de Boulogne. The sight on the swimming pool and the balustrades gives you the feeling you are in a tropical resort far away from the busy city. Luckily the building is not the only reason to visit as the restaurant has a lot of great dishes to offer you.
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