Airbnb will give a handful of very lucky tourists the chance to spend the night in the historic Moulin Rouge in Paris
Among the hundreds of thousands of visitors to Paris who attend the historic Moulin Rouge Cabaret in the charming district of Montmartre, few of them dream of spending the night there.
But for the first time ever in June, Airbnb is offering a unique opportunity to do just that, and all for the low price of just €1.
A special boudoir was prepared in the iconic Moulin Rouge that gave the house its name in an isolated room never open to the public. The doors to the refuge will be opened by Moulin Rouge principal dancer Claudine Van Den Bergh with an aperitif served on the private rooftop terrace with its own elegant pagoda. A three-course meal will be prepared by resident chef Arnaud Demerville.
With the help of Jean-Claude Yon, a historian of 19th century France, the interior of the room has been recreated to mimic the opulence of the Belle Époque. Among its features are glamorous outfits and accessories and a miniature paper scene recreating the cabaret.
“The Belle Époque era was a time when French culture and arts flourished – and no monument is more emblematic of this period than the Moulin Rouge,” Yon said.
Front row seats, backstage access with a private tour and the chance to meet the cast of magicthe show presented in the historic place, are among the perks lucky guests can look forward to.
The Moulin Rouge, a decadent symbol of the Belle Époque, opens for just three individual one-night stays for two people each on June 13, 20 and 27. Reservation requests for the room can be made on the Airbnb website starting May 17. .
Entertainment entrepreneurs Joseph Oller and Charles-Joseph Zidler built the Moulin Rouge in 1889 and used it as a venue for lively parties. Most popular with the crowds was the energetic and racy dance of the French Cancan. The house also became a place of inspiration for the artists of the time, including Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec, who designed the posters.
After a devastating fire in 1915, the house was rebuilt and served as a dance club and cabaret throughout the 20th century. Since 1999, he has staged the review show magicwhich entertains audiences with a troupe of 80 performers wearing lavishly risque outfits adorned with feathers, sequins and rhinestones.
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