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
- 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
Superb, breathtaking, moving... I congratulate Accor (who don't usually impress me!) for the courage and entrepreneurial spirit needed to transform the abandoned ruins of the historical open air, in the middle of Paris, Molitor Pool, into a 5* hotel. Amazing!
Even if you can't afford (or do not wish to stay there), the visit is worth. Check their website for picture. Contrarily to another trip advisor member stating in an interesting innovative French (ils non pas la qualification... Vous parlez de... qualification?:) that employees don't have the level for working in a 5*, I'd strongly disagree. Personally I am sick and tired of people believing that they need to behave as lackeys: Molitor people, ALL kept a wonderful eye contact, all jumped to support when seeing I was in doubt of something. They were friendly, SMILING (a rare trait in Paris), informal and never out of their place nor too familiar. Food was excellent and sophisticated... The outdoor pool (There is an indoor now as well) is breathtaking and the fitness is solid.
As a great Banksy fan, I was particularly moved by this ode to Street-Art: the whole place is covered by pictures of the the (sometimes wonderful) tags and paintings done by street-artists when the Molitor Pool was an abandoned ruin. And, of course the tagged Rolls Royce in the middle of the lobby itself is worth the tour.
Oh... and a MUST BE in Paris is the top floor bar. You just cant lose that one!
Finally, I would label the Hotel as a French Riviera Palace in the middle of Paris.
Only disappointment?: I will not recommend the Molitor for seminars. Your rooms are pathetic and you should claim money back from the designers who advised you on that one. They have no clues about the dynamics needed for good solid meeting. Humbly go and visit Chateauform, they know how to do this. Second, when running a seminar, you are totally abandonned to yourself. Water only replenished at lunch time, dont know who to call for fixing the coffee machine or beamer... Lunch was served (the worse one can think) and of course lasted 30' than asked for... Pretty amateurish.
Tear down your conference rooms, train your people or steal someone from Chateauform... Nothing that cant be fixed.
Well done, thank you Accor for that magnificent "Ode to Paris". Time no to sort your other hotels. My recent stay in your Novotel Dubai was a disaster!
We stayed in two connecting rooms. The rooms were nice and had a nice view of the outdoor pool. The rooms were great and had all we needed for some great days. The outdoor pool and architecture is amazing. The breakfast is good also compared with other MGallery Hôtels.
But we are a family of 5 and it was impossible to find seating in the public areas/bars/restaurants. Don’t book for families if you do NOT want them in your bars and restaurants.
Overall a great destination hotel and obviously if you like swimming! The pools and history and art are amazing and so much to do. Rooms are comfortable , small, and overlook the outdoor pool. Our room had no reading lamps because I believe someone had stolen them! The hotel has a great vibe and is a fun and relaxed place. Although a little out of town it does have numerous restaurants with 5-10 mins walk and a metro is 10 mins walk.
I felt the food offer could be definitely improved especially on the rooftop restaurant where choices are very poor especially for vegetarians . The roof is a very popular destination and we were let down by management promising a special table for our 7 in house guests for my wife’s birthday and then ended up on a rickety picnic table which did not go down well even with free champagne after one of our guests had a moan.
I also feel there are too many restrictions in the hotel as to where you can eat and at the pool.
Despite that I would recommend this hotel for a fun filled visit.
I was staying only one night on business - arrived late, left v early. Saw reception , the lift and the room. It was all super cool & chic. All worked well except that there was no warning that there was a noisy party going on which I could hear from my room. Not helpful when you are preparing for a meeting. Did I complain and ask to be moved ? No it was already late and the sooner to bed the better. What I did expect was for the hotel to be thoughtful of my needs and warn me at least. My advice would be focus on each client and not just on the average and no need to be so cool at the expense of what this weary business traveler wants. Not a party certainly.
Nicely welcomed, I came for the second time at the hotel Molitor.
I warmly advise it during summer time. I felt as in vacation.
Nice room, great view on the pool, efficient service.
It remains curiously complicated to get a large pot of tea and coffee for breakfast.
Globally, I spent a pleasant stay.