This public pool, one of the last open-air pools in Paris, was closed for 25 years. The years of neglect left a magnificent 1930s-style playground for squatters and street-art enthusiasts. In May 2014, its long-awaited renaissance was unveiled. Would it be a pool, still? Restaurant? Sports club? Its future was much speculated upon.
Molitor, as it turned out, became MGallery, part of the memorable Accor Hotels chain. It has 104 modern rooms, 20 suites with minimalist decor, and a restaurant headed by renowned chef Yannick Alléno, all organised around the hotel's showcase, the pool.
The outdoor pool invites you to do a relaxing breaststroke in water heated all year round to 28°C; the indoor pool, surrounded by blue changing rooms on three levels, incites you to a brisk front crawl. The roof patio is wonderful for relaxing, as is the 1,700-square-metre Clarins spa.
Hotel Molitor Paris – MGallery by Sofitel
13, rue Nungesser et Coli
+33 (0)1 56 07 08 50
Rooms: from 180 EUR