Eiffel Tower to become rental apartment for first time

Updated: 2016-05-23 11:24


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Eiffel Tower to become rental apartment for first time

A night view shows the Eiffel tower, reflected on a car's roof, in Paris, France, April 30, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]

PARIS - Visitors to the Eiffel tower now have a chance to stay for a night in the iconic landmark, something that was never available since its opening in 1889.

Rental company HomeAway said it was taking over part of the first floor of the 300-meter latticework for the duration of the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament slated for June 10 in Paris, and transforming it into Hausmannian-style living quarters.

The competition opened on Thursday for the chance to stay in the famous structure. For lucky winners, each with up to five guests, will be able to spend a night on the first level, about 52 meters above the ground.

"HomeAway is excited to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a whole night in our luxury Eiffel Tower Apartment," the company said on its website.

Prospective tower tourists can register by giving personal information and suggesting "What would you do if the Eiffel Tower Apartment was all yours for the night?"

The elevated apartment is under construction, with French designer Benoit Leleu in charge of the particulars.

The Eiffel tower has attracted more than 250 million visitors so far.