Becks outshines Zlatan - in choice of Paris hotel
Published: 15 Feb 2013 15:42 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Feb 2013 15:42 GMT+01:00
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Standing just 100 metres from the Elysée Palace, the Hotel Bristol – heavily featured in the Woody Allen film ‘Midnight in Paris’ – is the new home away from home for superstar David Beckham.
The former England captain, who signed for French league-leaders Paris Saint-Germain last month amid a firestorm of publicity, has moved into the Imperial suite, which at 320m² - (the equivalent of a five bedroom house), costs €17,000 per night (the value of a new car) according to French daily Le Parisien.
By our calculations, that looks set to amount to a bill of more than €2.6 million, by the end of Beckham's five-month contract with the club, which is due to end in June.
Not too shabby, especially when you consider that PSG’s previous marquee signing, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, started his Paris adventure last summer in a meagre 80m² suite at the respectable – though not world-class – Intercontinental hotel, next to the city’s Opéra landmark.
Beckham, who had his first day on the job on Wednesday amid a French media circus, has stated that he will be handing over his entire five-month salary, likely to amount to millions of euros, to unnamed children’s charities, although there has been speculation in the French press that this is merely to avoid the attention of France's notorious tax man.
Le Parisien reported that the 37-year-old midfielder was accompanied at all times on Thursday by at least one bodyguard, but if you’re still keen to catch a glimpse of him in Paris you might first want to consult this insider’s guide book.