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As Eiffel Tower  begins the process of slowly and safely reopening, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the safe dining of our guests.  The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority.

Dine in service will remain at 50% capacity with social distancing guidelines in place.  Masks will be worn by all employees at all times.  We are introducing digital and sanitized physical menus and will maintain thorough sanitation procedures and continuous hand washing.

For your health and safety, our policy is that all guests must wear a mask when entering, moving around, and exiting the restaurant. This includes when you leave the table to go to the restroom. Masks are not required once you are seated at your table. Thank you for doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued trust and support of Eiffel Tower Restaurant.  We are so happy and excited to welcome you back and serve you once again.

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THE MOMENT FRANCE FIRST TOOK FLIGHT: The Paris Hot Air Balloon

One of the most photographed structures on the famous Las Vegas Strip– The Paris Hotel– is not only a feast for the eyes, but also tells some of France’s most fabled stories in its architecture. For example, the illuminated hot air balloon that rises across from our dining room recounts one of mankind’s first forays into flight, which happened more than 200 years ago in France.

Two brothers, Joseph-Michael and Jacques-Ètienne Montgolfier, began experimenting with floating devices after noticing that heated air flowing into a paper bag at their manufacturing business caused the bag to rise. After several successful tests, they decided to make a public demonstration and before a crowd of dignitaries in Annonay in June 1783, they launched a balloon made of silk and lined with paper from the marketplace, which stayed aloft for 10 minutes and travelled more than a mile.

News of this amazing spectacle spread and a demonstration for the King Louis XVI was planned just a few months later. For this endeavor the brothers enlisted the help of a successful wallpaper designer, and constructed a balloon made of made of taffeta and coated with a varnish of alum for fireproofing. The balloon was decorated with golden flourishes, zodiac signs and suns symbolizing the king. Though the first launch carried no living cargo, this launch would include a basket containing a sheep, a duck and a rooster. All creatures lifted off safely, on September 19, 1783, traveling two miles in eight minutes, and being witnessed by a crowd of 130,000 people, including the king and Marie Antoinette.

The first manned flight would happen less than one month later, with a chemistry and physics teacher aboard, staying aloft (but tethered) for almost four minutes. For the first time ever, mankind had left the ground, and the balloon and Montgolfier brothers would symbolize the great adventure of air travel.