“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 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 colder months arrive, any keen swimmers should remember that the 46m outdoor pool here 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 hotel guests. The open balconies of yellow and blue cabins circle around it and provide a vintage feel, and are keeping with the original design.
You can 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!