Hotel Molitor Paris – MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Pool Scene
- The monumental 150 foot outdoor heated swimming pool that defines the hotel
- Hip rooftop bar and restaurant with epic views over Paris and the Eiffel Tower
- The Clarins Art Deco-style spa and its couples room with a private jacuzzi and sauna
What To Know
- Sits in a stylish neighborhood at the edge of the city, a cab or metro trip from the classic sights
- See details section for early check-in/late check-out fees.
- Nespresso coffee machines and Clarins toiletries in all rooms
- Free WiFi
- Breakfast is an additional $28 per person, per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Paris is buzzing that the Molitor, the city’s mythical Art Deco municipal pools have been reborn and transformed into a palatial private resort. Long abandoned and forgotten, the owners have recreated a carbon copy of the original Molitor with sleek hotel rooms encircling the iconic summer pool. Street art meets luxury from the moment you check in at the lobby, dominated by a Rolls Royce tagged with graffiti by JonOne. French interior designer, Jean-Philippe Nuel, has meticulously recreated the Molitor’s glamorous 1930s feel, from Art Deco mosaics, stained glass and furniture, to bright, graphic carpets and striking original black and white photos paying homage to the hotel’s colorful history, from its inauguration by Johnny Weissmuller, the original Tarzan, to the unveiling of the world’s first bikini and the days when it was transformed into a bohemian urban art venue.
Bed and Bath
Contrasting with the bright, buzzing decor of the rest of the hotel, guest rooms are zen, minimalist and spacious. Sober gray and white palettes are punctuated by colorful original lithographs reflecting the arty history of the Molitor. Bathrooms have large walk-in showers, featuring Clarins toiletries. All rooms come with Bose docking stations, Nespresso machines, free WiFi and fabulous views over the summer pool, apart from two special Junior Suites that come with their own private garden terraces.
The restaurant concept has been overseen by stellar French chef, Yannick Alleno. The casual Mediterranean rooftop spot centers around an open kitchen with grilled sea bass and steaks a la plancha, and the elegant poolside restaurant features more elaborate dishes like grilled cod smothered with clams, artichoke and chorizo, which sommelier Nicolas Marseille pairs with rare wines from the likes of Tahiti and the Venice lagoon. The bar is designer heaven, a funky mix of stylish 70’s and Art Deco furniture, with creative fruit-based cocktails reflecting the sporty image of the Molitor.
In the Area
The Molitor is perfect for sports enthusiasts with the Roland Garros tennis complex and the stadium of hot football team Paris Saint-Germain within walking distance – the concierge works miracles to get tickets. Foodies, be sure to reserve a table at Le Relais d’Auteuil, the Michelin-starred restaurant of Pierre Pignol, then go for a post-lunch walk through the lush botanical gardens of the Serres d’Auteuil.
How to Get There
have you ever looked forward to staying somewhere nice and then feeling let down when it doesn't live up to the photos online? Well this place is the opposite - it was even better than all the pictures you can see. From the moment you walk into the lobby with a funky painted Rolls Royce the place just makes you smile.
the check-in staff were fantastic - we arrived early but our room was ready and they made us very welcome. The room was really nicely appointed, the restaurant (we just had lunch) was great (albeit not cheap - but great food and service).
The outdoor pool is amazing - what a great facility. It was November, so outdoor bathing was a little less appetising than maybe in summer, but we still had a swim. The atmosphere was fab - such as historic feel. The indoor pool also has the same amazing atmosphere. Both pools were a great size.
the local area is also nice - right opposite Roland Garros for tennis fans and easy walk to the Metro system and buses. Local bars etc all good.
literally not a bad word to say about our trip - thanks so much!
Positives: the outdoor pool is clearly amazing and was lovely to use after a hard day's sightseeing. Breakfast very good. Concierge extremely helpful.
Negatives: on arrival, the 2 connecting rooms we had pre-booked & confirmed online for our family of 4 were “no longer available”. This caused a prolonged, tedious hassle at check-in, as they didn’t know where to put us. The hotel's attitude was more "aloof shrug" than apologetic & they did nothing to compensate.
We were eventually allocated 2 rooms on the same floor but a long way apart (luckily our children were old enough for this to be OK). Beware if you have young children & connecting rooms are essential!
There was an overpowering, sickly fragrance in the air-con system piped throughout the hotel - entrance and bedrooms. What on earth is the point of this? But with the bedroom window open to get rid of fragrance there was noise from the bar downstairs until the early hours.
Standard rooms are modern but small. Tiny bathroom with glass walls. Some lights in the room did not work, including the bedside light - only after several hours passed & repeated requests to Reception was a lamp found by a lovely maintenance guy.
Overall an OK if extortionate stay but only because of the pool.
Lovely staff, friendly and helpful.
Pleasant stay with the family.
Good standard all round despite the weather being bad.
Breakfast had a few options, unfortunately no halal options. Swimming pool was great