If you’re familiar with famous musical The Phantom Of The Opera, you’ll know too well Palais Garnier – the Paris Opera House haunted by Christine, the Phantom in the hit showcase boasting unforgettable songs, spectacular staging and phenomenal effects.
And there’s a way for fans to feel this magic by travelling to Paris this European summer season. Wonderfully, the historic Palais Garnier Opera House is opening its doors, for the first time, to allow the public to spend a night in the place that inspired this haunting tale. The Palais Garnier Airbnb staycation will take place in the Box of Honour, for one night only, on Sunday July 16, 2023.
Palais Garnier Airbnb Stay
Based on Gaston Leroux’s Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, the Phantom musical is Broadway’s longest-running show. If luck is on your side and you secure a booking, you’ll whisk yourself away to France, and gaze in wonder at the Palais Garnier Opera House.
Walk through the halls and take a tour of the hidden areas in the Palais, including areas rarely seen by the public, such as the Opera’s private archives and the famous underground lake. Soak in picturesque views of the Paris skyline, while on a tour of the private dance studios.
You will also experience a private ballet initiation with one of the Opera de Paris ballet dancers. Then, enjoy an exclusive recital performed by artists of the Paris Opera Academy, while you indulge in champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Additionally, dinner will take place in the Foyer de la Danse – a private and historic dancing rehearsal room backstage.
When it’s time for bed, you will sleep in the Box of Honour, an opera box that’s normally reserved for visiting dignitaries. The space has been transformed into a luxurious room that you won’t want to leave.
“My great-grandfather’s classic story has inspired so many people through the years,” said Véronique Leroux, great-granddaughter of the French novelist. “This is the perfect time to honour him and welcome ‘phans’ to the famous setting of his much-loved novel for a once-in-a-lifetime stay.”
How does it work?
The stay is available for one night only, on Sunday July 16, 2023. To request to book, hop onto Airbnb at 6am NZDT (6pm CEST) on Thursday, March 2. You must have a verified Airbnb profile, a good track record, and be over 18. There’s room for two people, and you must be responsible for your own travel to and from Paris. The night costs €37. Bonne chance!
Editorial contribution by Megan Zara Walsh.