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Opened in 2014, this boutique five-star hotel near Bois de Boulogne is a scrupulous recreation of a famous swimming complex that opened in 1929. Offering minimalist rooms, creative cuisine, an innovative gallery of street art and a top-notch Spa by Clarins, this is one of the most distinctive hotels in the French capital.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

You're in the 16th arrondissement, near the southeast corner of Bois de Boulogne. Michel Ange Molitor Métro station is a ten-minute walk east and the ride into the city centre takes half an hour. The hotel is close to both the Paris ring road, boulevard Périphérique, and the A13 autoroute, with parking available nearby. A cluster of major nearby sports venues includes Stade Roland Garros (tennis), Parc des Princes (Paris Saint-Germain football team) and Stade Jean-Bouin (Stade Français rugby team).

By plane: Flights from London or Manchester to Paris Charles De Gaulle take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is 40 minutes' drive away. Book flights to Paris.

By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is 40 minutes' drive away. Book trains to Paris Gare du Nord.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Faithfully recreating the graceful lines and blue-and-yellow colour scheme of this Art Deco swimming venue, Hôtel Molitor is an enthralling design hotel that marries a fascinating backstory with contemporary flair. A blue Rolls-Royce Corniche parked in the lobby, once owned by footballer Eric Cantona and tagged by graffiti artist Jonone, sets a mood of joyous discovery.

THE FACILITIES

Hôtel Molitor is home to an exclusive members' club whose clients frequent its indoor and outdoor pools, large fitness centre, yoga studio, hairdressing salon and the small 1929 restaurant serving dishes with a healthy slant. Hotel guests can take advantage of these facilities too. The staff are bouncy and friendly, and requests are dealt with promptly. Note that check-in is not until 4 pm.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Wellness suite
  • Art gallery
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Most of the rooms look on to the outdoor pool. Choose a Classic - with a queen bed - or a Deluxe with a king bed and space for an extra person. There are also larger executive rooms and suites. The interiors by Jean Philippe Nuel are restrained with grey and white walls, white pleated curtains and designer lights.

Room types: Classic Room, Deluxe Room, Executive Room, Family Room, Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Clarins toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, pillow menu, Nespresso machine, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Brasserie Urbaine is a relaxed and inviting ground-floor bar and restaurant with retro furniture, exposed pipes, lounge beats and some exquisite original stained glass at the far end. Chef Martin Simolka likes to play with the French classics, for example embellishing the Croque Monsieur with truffles, and from May to September, his wide and inviting menu relocates to the roof terrace.

1929: poolside restaurant, intimate private dining. European cuisine. Open daily, 8am-9:30pm. Mains from €32.

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