Seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower every year, but now a handful of those visitors will get to sleep in the iconic structure for the very first time.
Holiday rental company HomeAway has constructed a temporary VIP apartment on the first level of the tower, open only for the duration of the UEFA Euro football tournament from 10 June to 10 July. The two-bedroom apartment, with views of the Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais and Sacre Coeur comes furnished with a big screen television for watching the game and a foosball table for playing games. The space also includes an urban greenhouse complete with glass windows and a seating area filled with hanging plants.
To determine who got the opportunity to sleep in the apartment, HomeAway held a contest asking entrants to describe how they would enjoy their night in the tower.
"My two young sons are autistic and are both obsessed with lights and the tower itself so I'd spend the night watching them in awe!” was the winning response from Michelle, in the UK.
Scott, from the United States, also won a night’s stay with his response about reuniting five generations in Paris: his mother who first visited the city in 1953, his daughter and granddaughter who visited at 13 and 14 respectively, and a brand new granddaughter who'll join the trip.
The four winners will begin their one-night stays from 23 June. Although there are no other nights up for grabs, visitors have the chance to tour the apartment (and perhaps sneak in a nap on the couch!), join a match viewing party or skip the normal Eiffel Tower line by entering a competition online.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the space will be deconstructed and revert back to being a conference room.