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Molitor

Molitor

Molitor

Molitor

Molitor

Molitor

Molitor

Molitor

Molitor

Molitor

Address 13 rue Nungesser et Coli; 75016 Paris
by avenue de la Porte Molitor
Neighbourhood 16th Arrondissement – Boulogne-Billancourt | See on map
Metro Porte d’Auteuil [M10], Michel-Ange – Molitor [M9, M10]
Telephone +33 1 56 07 08 50
Website http://mltr.fr
http://www.mgallery.com/gb/hotel-7326-hotel-molitor-paris-mgallery-collection/index.shtml
Price Rooms from EUR 215. Pool day pass for non-guests from EUR 150 (!)

If you like your hotel to have a bit of history, the Molitor has it in spades. Located across from Roland Garros at the edge of Bois de Boulogne, this is the pool where Johnny Weissmuller spent the summer of 1929 lifeguarding, where the bikini was introduced to the world in 1946 and source for the name of the main character in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.

The oceanliner-inspired Art Deco building complex now houses 104 rooms and 20 suites in addition to the two gorgeous swimming pools (one outdoor, the other heated and indoor). Reopened fifteen years after its 1989 closure, the place has been fully renovated and brought up to date with contemporary decor and modern technology (that includes the decent gym).

Standard rooms overlook the outdoor pool, while Deluxe rooms (28 sqm) and suites (from 30 to 60 sqm) offer a choice of city or pool views. Comfortable rather than opulent, you may disapprove of design shortcuts such as the wall-mounted soap dispensers and absence of bathtubs but there’s nothing wrong with the beds and general interiors.

While the location isn’t great (except for the French Open), Marais is only a 20-30 minute cab ride away. Just note that some in-house facilities are also open to the public, so reservations are advised for both the restaurant – modern French fare under the direction of Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno – and the plush Clarins Spa. Poolside sun loungers can also be in short supply.