Perfect weekend stay. The only thing that could have made it better would have been an extra day. My partner loves swimming and I love being lazy, so he did laps in the (Olypmpic size!) outdoor pool and then we both relaxed in the hammam; btw steam rooms are separate for men and women. Breakfast buffet recommended, as is dining outdoors; rooftop view is one for the bucket list. Bright rooms with comfy bed, best night’s sleep ever. The Clarins products in the bath are a nice extra; divine scent! The renovation is well done. Contemporary but not sterile, revives the senses. Liked staying in this historic hotel.
Okay, a little bit of backstory. One thing Paris is short of and that is decent-sized open-air swimming pools. The five-star Hotel Molitor is built around one of the few such pools which used to be public but is sadly, no more. Therefore the management know they are on a winner by offering such a facility and as a result, charge like a wounded bull for the privilege of staying there. On a very hot weekend in Paris, we decided to decamp there for the night to escape our apartment which had been converted into a sauna, thanks to the heatwave. Our hotel rate did not include breakfast so this is what we found. The service, albeit friendly, was not the most efficient (granted the hotel was full of stressed Parisians seeking relief from the intense heat). The staff appeared to be very young, inexperienced and utterly overwhelmed. The rooms are small and in that typical “we-are-so-hip” design approach full of flaws when it comes to practical needs. Such as the bedside tables especially on one side, are so small you can barely fit more than your mobile phone. We also had issues with the toilet barely flushing. The hotel layout means there is just one lift servicing the pool and spa area which meant people finding themselves crowded into the lift. Far from brilliant in a Covid-19 era. Mask-wearing was not enforced inside this area. The wifi connection was very poor (especially again given the price we were paying). The area around the pool is so narrow that it is impossible to walk past people in their chairs without disturbing them and there were barely enough chairs to begin with. The rooftop area is fantastic with lovely views of the city, Roland Garros in the distance. However, the restaurant there was fully-booked (please oh please, management, do suggest to people when they book a room that if they would like dinner too, they need to book in advance.) We did manage to score a table in the rooftop bar and ordered what was supposed to be “tapas” which turned out to be just bread rolls with glass jars of hummus, pepper dip etc. Massively over-priced for what was delivered to our table. Plus the service was pretty appalling; on three occasions we had to stand and wave our arms to attract the attention of waiters. So in short, with global tourism coming to an almost halt, the hotel will have to rely on locals to survive (best of luck there as the French, especially Parisians, are a highly-discriminating bunch). But to any international visitors who somehow do find themselves in Paris during a pandemic, I would strongly recommend to stay somewhere else. You will get far better value for money at smaller Paris hotel with no pool and hopefully better service .. and thus experience the best this city has to offer.…
Fantastic Weekend at the Molitor from check in to check out. I was there for my 20 y/o son's birthday and we have been treated like kings. We received an upgrade for the room and the staff even thought about a nice birthday card for Louis. Fantastic souvenir for all. Thanks to the staff.
So I got in vacantion in Paris at this hotel molitor, the hotel is cute looks good the stuff is a little not on time they maybe sleep sometimes BUT i meet here TARIQ the reception guy he is amazing he managed everything very fast , the room , the service everything even when i had complains he came into and helped us ! Amazing ! Keep up Tariq you made our vacantion Thank you very much
I have stayed at Molitor many times now and doubt I will ever stay anywhere else in Paris while they maintain their standards. Great pools (heated all year round), very good gym, wonderful staff, unique design, genuinely exciting place to stay. It would be good if they could install a Versa Climbing machine in the gym.