Phantom of the Opera-themed stay in Paris offered by Airbnb

PARIS, France: This summer, Airbnb is offering a night for two in the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris, transforming a box in the theatre into a plush bedroom with views of the inside of the famous theatre.

Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, the Phantom of the Opera-themed stay is aimed at taking advantage of the full return of tourism to Europe after the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions.

Also, following the lifting of travel restrictions in China, other European capitals are also preparing for the return of Chinese tourists.

"The idea is to encourage people to travel and dream at the same time, and raise a lot of emotions around travel," said Emmanuel Marill, Airbnb director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in an interview with Reuters.

The stay at Palais Garnier includes a musical recital, dinner in an ornate rehearsal room backstage and a behind-the-scenes tour of the elaborate 19th century building, including its underground pool featured in the Phantom of The Opera.

The Palais Garnier stay will be listed on 1st March at a cost of 37 euros, and will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis to those registered on Airbnb’s online rental platform.

Meanwhile, Veronique Dubrulle Leroux, the great-granddaughter of Phantom of the Opera author Leroux, who will host the visitors, said, "It is a bit of a fantasy. I think it will be a bit unreal," according to Reuters.

Airbnb will also fund the renovation of the theatre’s 19th century boxes and help the Opera de Paris update its online streaming platform as part of the project.