“I know this place! It used to be a graffiti-covered abandoned building that held incredible parties when I was still at school”, chipped in a friend of mine when I arranged to meet him at the Piscine Molitor for a drink.
Molitor was one of Paris’ most popular pools, but its past is now haunted by its closure in 1989, after which it became the haunt of artists and hot spot for underground parties. Being a listed building, it was never demolished and remained abandoned until its transformation into a hotel/spa/restaurant in 2014.
Now the Molitor boasts a polished 46m pool that is heated all year round as part of its spa offering and is open to the public (at a handsome cost) as well as to its guests. The cut open levels of yellow and blue cabins circle around it and provide a vintage feel, and are in keeping with the original design.
You can wander through the restaurant to the cafe and enjoy a coffee on the poolside terrace. On your way through their corridors, check out the photos of the Molitor from its graffiti-adorned glory days!