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.
“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.
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.”