Tour the Luxury Suite Built Inside the Eiffel Tower, Designed Exclusively for UEFA Euro 2016

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HomeAway—the national sponsor and official fan accommodations provider for the UEFA Euro 2016—just unveiled the first apartment ever to open in the Eiffel Tower, created in honor of the European championship (taking place now through July 10).

The soccer-themed spread was conceived by French interior designer Benoît Leleu, who transformed a conference room in the iconic landmark into the sumptuous flat in less than 48 hours.

Comprised of an oversized lounge, an urban greenhouse, and two bedrooms, the temporary residence—open for the duration of the tournament—was furnished by Italian design house The girlfriend and features sculptural works by Parisian artist Richard Orlinski.

Situated 187 feet off the ground, the custom-built haven offers panoramic views of the City of Light, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Grand Palais, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur on Montmartre, and the Seine River.

Four contest winners, each accompanied by up to five additional guests, will enjoy overnight stays at the two-bedroom pop-up on June 23, June 28, July 4, and July 8, plus three additional nights at a HomeAway accommodation in Paris. The extravagant package also includes roundtrip transportation and a specially prepared gourmet dinner.

“For over a decade, HomeAway has brought loved ones together to create unforgettable experiences in whole home vacation rentals in more than 190 countries,” said company CEO and cofounder Brian Sharples in a press release. “Now we present this unprecedented, history-making adventure, guaranteed to provide the most epic vacation memories of a lifetime.”

Hailing from four different nations including England, France, and the United States, the chosen few were hand-picked from a pool of over 150,000 hopefuls by a panel of nine judges that included award-winning travel writer Pauline Frommer, Eiffel Tower Society director Anne Yannic, and television host Samantha Brown. To be considered, applicants were asked to describe how they would spend their night in the one-of-a-kind space.

“Going through the thousands of entries was inspiring and heartwarming,” Sharples said. “From clever entries that rhymed, ‘punned,’ and made us laugh to stories of families reuniting, celebrating and working to overcome challenges, it was incredibly hard to choose just four.”

In addition to the sleepovers, the suite will host a handful of special events, including Yoga Morning (led by a world-renowned instructor); Kids’ Day (packed with fun, free activities for youngsters); and HomeAway LoveAway (dedicated to proposals, vow renewals, and other romantic moments, with guest stars Kaitlyn Bristowe and fiancé Shawn Booth from ABC’s The Bachelorette). (Interested folks should keep an eye on HomeAway’s Facebook page for details.)

Each day, 500 soccer fans will receive free passes to watch live broadcasts of the ongoing tournament on the home’s big screen, while another 500 will win complimentary tickets to tour the apartment and venture to the top of the Eiffel Tower without having to fall in line .

“We had a big idea to create a HomeAway where no one would believed would be possible, and now it’s here,” said Mariano Dima, HomeAway’s chief marketing officer. “And we can’t wait to share it.”

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