Lonely Planet Writer

Jerusalem hotel offers €90,000 reward for Leap Day babies

A leap year baby celebrates a birthday only once every four years but a hotel in Jerusalem now wants to mark a ‘Leap Day’ conception for life – once it can be proven that it occurred on their premises on Monday – February 29.

Jerusalem.
Jerusalem. Image by StateofIsrael / CC BY 2.0

The Hotel Yehuda has a major prize for such a conception – worth in total more than €90,000 – with management promising that for the lucky offspring, all future life events will be celebrated for free, courtesy of the hotel.  Digital media company, Konbini, reports that the establishment’s unique offer will see them pick up the tab for the cost of the baby’s birth, bar or bat mitzvah and wedding. To claim the prize, the parents will require a doctor’s certificate confirming that the pregnancy occurred in the hotel on the Leap Day of 2016.

The prize will be given to the first two couples who can prove they conceived their offspring in the Hotel Jhehudah on February 29
The prize will be given to the first two couples who can prove they conceived their offspring in the Hotel Yehuda on February 29
Image by Kristin Nador / CC BY 2.0

The four star hotel will offer the reward to the first two couples who can medically prove their conception dates coincide with their stay in the hotel on 29 February. A spokesman for the hotel said the campaign to date has generated plenty of “buzz” for the hotel where a standard room for Leap Day costs under €160. However the Jerusalem Post newspaper reports that the hotel has come in for some criticism over their marketing ploy, which was described in one quarter as “creepy.”