Get Inspired / Europe / France Is this the best view in Paris? Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / France Is this the best view in Paris? story by: Anna Sarjeant C'est fini In 1889, upon completion of Paris’ most spectacular iron tower, Gustave Eiffel lay down his final metal lattice and announced to the world, “that’s it folks, the Eiffel Tower is complete” (Or the French, much better sounding equivalent). But little did the world know that Gustave was concealing a secret. Complete, yes - complete with an apartment on the third and final floor, which Gustave had built for himself and neglected to tell the press. A secret hideaway Approximately 1000 feet above the ground, Monsieur Eiffel was landlord to the city’s finest apartment. It wasn’t grand and it certainly wasn’t flash, but it boasted views over the city that even the most affluent Parisians could only dream about. And Gustave allowed almost no one to visit. Entrée interdite - unless you bring gifts Save for a few elite scientists and his best pal, Thomas Edison (and Gustave gained a span dangled new phonograph machine just for letting Edison in), Eiffel could not be persuaded. Not for money nor riches or the finest French cuisine on the Champs-Élysées, no one but Gustave had a key - much to the annoyance and envy of every Parisian in the city. The decor Not large, the apartment is small, or ‘bijou’ for want of a better word. Gustave decorated his pocket penthouse with paisley wallpaper, wooden furniture and a grand piano, as well as a small science lab to tinker away in – and impress Mr Edison no doubt. It was filled with the most high tech equipment of its time; light bulbs and paper clips and the like. The Eiffel Tower today Over a century later and presumably to the immense disgust of Gustave, the French authorities have opened the space as part of the overall Eiffel Tower experience. And to this very day much of the furnishings remain exactly the same. Discover soft chintzes and iron arches, time-worn oil paintings and the faint whiff of musk, Cognac and cigars. The third floor is finally open to the public and of course, so is one of the world’s most enchanting panoramas. Gustave must be turning in his grave. > Click here for our HOT deals to the UK and Europe Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Make this incredible trip your next European holiday Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.