Paris’s hotel portfolio is plentiful, but an exciting addition is Hotel Molitor – a modern revival of the famed Piscine Molitor. Opened in 1929, Molitor was the French capital’s best-known public swimming pool, and the place to be seen, often visited by celebrities and gentry keen on its modern, art deco design.
The pool operated for 60 years before descending into disuse and becoming home to a significant underground rave scene, though much of the pool’s modernday fame can be credited to Man Booker winner Life of Pi, whose protagonist is named Piscine after the Molitor. It remained closed until 2014 when it was bought by French hotel group Accor and relaunched as the Hotel Molitor.
Today, the Molitor building offers an authentic homage to the original pool with an accompanying modern design hotel. A substantial $109 million was plunged into the project by investment firm Colony Capital, which spent the funds on stainedglass windows, mosaic tiling, Scandinavian furnishings and design accents which were drawn from the pool’s original yellow-andblue color scheme.
Exotic tokens such as a spray-painted Rolls Royce in the lobby and graffiti murals complement the hotel’s design focus