WATCH: HomeAway Unveils Eiffel Tower Apartment
Photo courtesy of HomeAway
Last month, vacation rental marketplace HomeAway announced it would award four lucky contest winners with an overnight stay inside the Eiffel Tower this summer.
The short-term rental service revealed the winners Friday along with a brief tour of the Eiffel Tower apartment they will be staying in.
The apartment, which sits nearly 190 feet off the ground in the 1,050-foot-tall tower's first level, was created in less than two days, with French designer Benoit Leleu overseeing the design. In addition to a spacious living area, the apartment boasts a greenhouse and a pair of bedrooms that each equipped with furnishings from Italian design house Lago.
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The four winners will be able to invite up to five guests to accompany them in the tower. The winners will also spend three additional nights in Paris. However they'll be stationed in a slightly less extravagant HomeAway vacation rental.
HomeAway said it received more than 150,000 entries for the contest, which asked participants to explain what they would do if the Eiffel Tower apartment was all theirs for one night in a maximum of 140 characters.
"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 narrow it down and even harder to choose just four," said HomeAway co-founder and CEO Brian Sharples in a statement.
Winners were selected from all over the world, including France, the U.K. and the U.S.
Austin, Texas-based HomeAway is sponsoring UEFA Euro 2016, a soccer tournament held every four years to determine the continent's top national team. The month-long championship is being held in France this year and kicks off Friday.
In addition to the one-time overnight stays in the Eiffel Tower, HomeAway will celebrate UEFA Euro 2016 by awarding 500 free tickets per day for tourists to visit the temporary apartment and bypass lines en route to the top of the tower.
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