South Beach? No–Paris!

molitor hotel parisThe Molitor Pool was originally opened in 1929 in the 16th arr. near Roland Garros tennis stadium and Bois de Boulogne, an Art Deco gem that was the pool of its day and continued to be one of the most beloved pools in Paris till it closed in 1989. Ironically, it was classified as an historic monument after it closed when it was in disrepair and became a haven for street artists to have free reign, who freely spray-painted their works all over the pool and surrounding area.

In August 2007, Mayor Bertrand Delanoe accepted bids from three companies for the renovation of the pool. The Accor Hotel Group won the bid and proceeded to completely rebuild the pool and add a luxury hotel, spa, and pool club.

The results are stunning! I think its now the chicest hotel in Paris, a resort right in the heart of the city but far away from the tourist attractions and hubbub of the city.

I was invited to take a tour of the hotel and to have lunch last Friday. As I approached the hotel, the intense mustard color caught me instantly along with the MOLITOR in bold black type. I actually felt I was in the Art Deco part of South Beach in Miami.

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