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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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