The new 1st floor – an exciting addition to the Eiffel Tower
Published on 11 April 2015, dans Visit Paris
Why not take time to rediscover the most famous landmark in Paris and its spectacular new 1st floor during your stay at Hotel Royal Cardinal? The hotel is a warm and welcoming haven in the heart of the capital's vibrant Latin Quarter, and the perfect base from which to explore the city's most thrilling sights and attractions.
The whole family will enjoy a day out at the Eiffel Tower, and it is also a romantic and glamorous choice for couples. Erected as a temporary entrance to the 1889 World Fair in Paris, Gustave Eiffel's masterpiece attracts in the region of 7 million visitors per year, and is the highest building in the city to this day.
A thrilling addition to a classic structure
The Eiffel Tower is an essential stop on any visit to Paris, and its fantastic new first floor was recently opened by Mayor Anne Hidalgo. The first thing you'll notice is that most of the 1st floor has been created from glass – including the floor. Special toughened glass has been used for the unique floor that lets you experience stunning views from 57 metres above Champ de Mars. The glass floor is treated with a non-slip coating and has a greater transparency effect the closer you get to the centre.
Two elegant glass pavilions have been added, and they have been designed to enhance Gustave Eiffel's original lines and pillars. The first floor is also completely accessible for disabled visitors who can enjoy the same beautiful views thanks to the glass construction and lack of barriers. The renovation of the tower's first floor has been as ecologically sound as possible, and its environmentally aware features include 4 solar panels, LED lighting and rainwater recovery.
Discover the Eiffel Tower's first floor and take a trip to the top
Learn more about the Eiffel Tower, past and present, in an immersive exhibit that features 7 projectors which display images in an overlapping sequence over 3 walls in the Ferrie Pavilion. Kids will love following the interactive trail of exhibits and photographs around the outer edge of the first floor, and you can stop for a snack or cool drink in the new restaurant.
No visit is complete without a trip to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower. Couples will adore the magical panoramic view of Paris at twilight when sparkling lights come on all over the city and add to the romantic atmosphere. Enjoy a glass of chilled champagne from the bar as you take in one of the most glamorous and romantic views in the world, or linger over dinner in the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant.
The Eiffel Tower is as perfect for romantic trysts as it is for fun filled family outings, and you can reach it in minutes by taxi or metro from Hotel Royal Cardinal.
Picture copyright holder: Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Marc Bertrand
Hotel Royal Cardinal, a 2-star hotel in Paris, in the heart of the Latin Quarter