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Couple Celebrates 60th Anniversay at Waldorf-Astoria, Pay only $21

It is the pol­icy of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel to allow cou­ples cel­e­brat­ing mile­stone wed­ding anniver­saries the oppor­tu­nity to stay in the hotel for the same rate they paid on their wed­ding day.

One such cou­ple in greater New York area and their five chil­dren wanted to see if the hotel would honor its end of the agree­ment.  One catch: The orig­i­nal receipt must be presented.

They still had it. 

Ten years ago, the five adult chil­dren of Jerry and Peg Suss­ing­ham decided to chip in for a room at the Waldorf-Astoria so that their par­ents could stay in the same hotel that they’d stayed in on their wed­ding night in 1952. It was then that the fam­ily learned of a little-known pol­icy hon­or­ing the orig­i­nal room rate for cou­ples return­ing for a mile­stone anniversary.

Evi­dently the sib­lings had a real bar­gain on their hands, but there was a catch: The offer hinged on their father’s abil­ity to fur­nish the orig­i­nal receipt, a feat that seemed out­side the realm of possibility.

But Mr. Suss­ing­ham came through. “He’s very orga­nized,” said Mrs. Suss­ing­ham, sit­ting beside him on a love seat in a suite that now goes for $3,450 a night on the 19th floor of the hotel. The Suss­ing­hams, who are both 83 years old, paid a whop­ping $21 for the room when they returned again for their 60th anniver­sary this weekend.

The cou­ple ended up hav­ing pan­cakes — the same as they did dur­ing their first stay — for break­fast the next morn­ing.  Sadly, those were not cov­ered under the same bar­gain rate.

Those are $24 an order on the Waldorf’s room ser­vice menu.

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