Tony and Jo Fioravante met at a high school dance and married in 1948. In 2014 they celebrated their 66th anniversary by staying in the same hotel where they spent their first night as a married couple, the Waldorf Astoria. On their wedding night in 1948 they paid $15.75. For sentimental reasons, they kept the receipt.
Fast forward to their 50th anniversary. Their daughter, Sandra, saw the receipt among the memorabilia of their long life together. As their 66th anniversary approached, she put two things together. One was the receipt. The other was the Waldorf Astoria’s marketing promise. Any couple celebrating an anniversary of 50 years or more could stay for the same price they originally paid, if they could produce their receipt.
Although today the same room would cost $799 a night, the Fioravantes, now 85 and 86, celebrated their 66th anniversary at the grand old hotel for the paltry sum of $15.75. ABC News picked up on the story, bringing a big smile to viewers and everyone who has caught the story since then.
The Condé Nast Daily Traveler said the hotel made the Fioravantess’ January 10, 2014 stay even more special:
In honor of their marital milestone, the hotel decided to offer them a truly one-of-a-kind experience by upgrading them into the famed Towers. They’re in good company: Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and every President since Herbert Hoover are some of the Towers’ past guests.
The couple deserves a special night at the Waldorf Astoria, and the hotel is smart to give it to them. From what little I could learn about the Fioravantes, they are one of those special couples who have managed to keep love alive through decades. They give me hope.