“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 coffee.
Molitor was once one of Paris’ most popular pools, but its past is now coloured by its closure in 1989, after which it became the haunt of artists and a 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.
As the warmer months arrive, Parisians will flock for a dip in the outdoor pool, but even if you’re not a keen swimmer, there are plenty of other reasons for you to check out this spot.
Its spa is open to the public as well as to hotel guests (for a handsome price). The open balconies of yellow and blue cabins circling around it provide a vintage feel, and are in keeping with the original design. You can also wander through the Brasserie Urbaine 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!
From 7th May, the rooftop open will be declared open for the year! Just bear in mind that you’ll pay double the average price for a glass of wine just to be on this rooftop 😉