Parisian Piscine

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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

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