A former celebrity hotspot reimagined.
After opening in 1929, Piscine Molitor fast became a Parisian hotspot. Built by architect Lucien Pollet, the ocean liner–inspired pool complex with Art Deco stained glass windows was inaugurated by Olympian—and future Tarzan—Johnny Weismuller. Seventeen years later, the world’s first bikini was unveiled here too. Although Molitor’s glorious past revolves around bathing celebrities, the site fell into ruin by 1989, instead attracting graffiti artists and underground rave parties. Now, it’s found new life as a 124-room M Gallery hotel re-imagined by local designer Jean-Philippe Nuel of Agence Nuel. All of the spare, modern rooms overlook one of the two pools—the summer pool, is outdoor and heated, while the winter pool is covered by a glass roof and surrounded by blue cabins and mosaics. Laden with greenery, the rooftop is another prime vantage point for taking in views of the water. If a few laps don’t quite conjure relaxation, surely the Clarins spa will come to the rescue with bespoke rituals such as a toning cinnamon-orange-rice powder wrap.