Waldorf Astoria honors 1950 room rates for lovebirds


A couple who spent their wedding night at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 1950 were allowed to book a suite for their anniversary last week at the same rate they paid 60 years earlier.

As newlyweds in 1950, Robert and Edith Scalise splashed out spending US$23.10 on their room, US$3.47 on their restaurant bill and they also racked up a phone bill which cost 15 cents.

These days, the same hotel expenses could have cost the couple around US$600 to US$$1000.

In honor of the Long Island lovebird’s long and happy life together, the hotel offered them a suite to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, and honoured the same price they paid in 1950.

Edith Scalise said, "They treated us like celebrities. It was wonderful … We couldn’t afford to stay in this hotel again after that night.

"We used to come every once in a while for dinner, but I’ve been having this dream to stay here for years."

The couples stay at the famous hotel last week capped off a fairy-tale day in which they stood side by side in St.Patrick’s Cathedral to renew the wedding vows they first made 60 years ago before dancing cheek to cheek like they did when they were teenagers.

"These 60 years were the happiest years of my life," Robert said to his wife at the altar of the Lady Chapel in the rear of the majestic Fifth Ave. cathedral.

It’s been an amazing journey. I married my childhood sweetheart, I always knew I loved her, I always knew I wanted her."

"I guess we have kind of danced through life," Edith added. "The secret is not to give up at the first fight."

"I’m so blessed to be married to you," she said to her husband, as they exchanged rings for a second time.

"So am I," he replied.



Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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