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February 14, 2014
Memorable Moments

A Valentine’s Day Story that Celebrates 60 Years of Matrimony

I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day. This particular holiday brings about so many opportunities for Hyatt hotels to assist in weddings, engagement proposals, and celebrations of love around the world. In our business, we’re lucky enough to be able to help create memorable moments all year long. This Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorites.

Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. David Wagner spent their wedding night on October 19, 1952 at the former Hotel Commodore, now Grand Hyatt New York. Sixty years ago, the couple paid a rate of $10.50 for their room.

GHNY couple BW

Florence and David Wagner celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with us.

Florence and David Wagner celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the hotel where their marriage first began.

Looking to commemorate their 60th wedding anniversary, the Wagners wanted to come back to where it all started. When the team at Grand Hyatt New York heard about their history with Hotel Commodore and the special memories from 60 years ago, they were all too delighted to help the happy couple recreate their wedding night… down to the $10.50 room rate.

Here's the original receipt!

Here’s the original receipt!

The hotel was thrilled to have the still incredibly happy couple back on this special occasion, and this letter David and Florence wrote about their stay reminds us just how lucky we are to do our jobs.

GHNY Guest Letter Anniversary

It warms our hearts to be a part of stories like these!

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  • Katie Costello

    I was at Grand Hyatt New York with my family (for my parents’ 30th anniversary celebration) and saw the Wagners in the lobby! I got wind of how the team had delighted them in such a special way. It really touched me. I have to say, the GHNY team made our stay special for my parents too – from chocolate covered strawberries to the chef’s table at New York Central, and more. It seems the team was quite busy that weekend. I know the Wagners and Costellos certainly appreciated their kindness and generosity!