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Historic Hotel Bethlehem
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   437 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018   |  
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Philadelphia, PA
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“Pleasant Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

My husband and I spent a night in February at the charming Hotel Bethlehem. For an older property, the room was spacious, the bath luxurious and the bedding dream inducing. We stayed for the Sunday brunch buffet and met up with some friends from the area. The brunch was a bit pricey, but worth it. The hotel is conveniently located in the center of the historical town of Bethlehem. We spent the day after our stay exploring the town and the Steel Stacks development, which is a mile or so out of town. Definitely recommended.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Slauth, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, March 6, 2012
Hi Phillykat,

Thank you for your kind words. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We are happy to hear that you and your Husband enjoyed your stay with us.

Thank you for choosing the Hotel Bethlehem. We are looking forward to your next trip!
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Dublin, Ireland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Stayed here on a recent business trip and overall the hotel was very good. Rooms very clean & comfortable and the hotel was beautifully & teastefully decorated for Christmas. I will have to travel back to this region & I will definitely stay here. Only fault I could find is the service at breakfast - the food is good but the service is very slow

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Slauth, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, February 17, 2012
Hi Jande,

Thank you for staying with us. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. I would like to apologize for your breakfast experience. I have shared your review with our Restaurant team and are taking the proper measures to ensure that we prevent it from happening again in the future.

We are looking forward to your next visit! See you soon
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Smithtown, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

We went to the Hotel Bethlehem with another couple for a quick overnight getaway for Valentine's Day and were impressed from the very beginning. The staff is incredibly polite and helpful, the rooms were extremely clean and well appointed, and the town is so quaint. Unfortunately the weather was a little on the cold side so we didn't get to enjoy the outdoors as much as we would have liked, but we did go in and out of most of the shops. The chocolate shop across the street won't disappoint! The only negative thing I can say is that the 1741 Room was overpriced for the quantity of food, though what we got was quite delicious. There are several good restaurants that I wish we had the time to try, especially the Italian cucina down the block. I would absolutely stay at this hotel again, and have already recommended it to some friends at work.

Room Tip: Rooms on the upper floors have a great view. We were on the 8th and overlooked the whole valley.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Slauth, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, February 17, 2012
Hi Profesora,

Thank you for choosing to spend your Valentines getaway with us. Our associates truly enjoy taking care of our guests. You will have to visit us again when it is a little warmer so you can really experience and enjoy all that the Hotel and Historic Bethlehem has to offer.

Thank you again for choosing to stay with us and Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.
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Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

spent the weekend at the hotel to celebrate my friends (twins) 55th birthday. we had perfect rooms modern, clean and i cant say enough about the staff, we where treated very well. lots of great shopping and dining and sightseeing all with in main st.we will stay there again next year.thank you hotel bethlehem for making this weekend very speical.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Slauth, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, February 10, 2012
Hi Barbara,

Thank you for sharing your recent experience with us from your Girls Weekend. Our Associates take great pride in making sure all of our guests have a wonderful experience while they are here. Thank you for choosing our Hotel to come and celebrate your friends Birthdays. We are looking forward to your return visit next year!
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Oyster Bay, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

After looking at several hotels in the area, I was attracted to the location of the hotel in the heart of the historic district of Bethlehem, PA. Although we were in town for the birth of our granddaughter, I knew we would have some time to relax and explore and wanted to make the most of our week in the the area. I was pleasantly surprised when we arrive to check in on Sunday. The hotel is grand in the style of classic hotels of the 20's, and the location was central to many of the highlights of the city. Accomodations were first class, we were upgraded to King suite, and the setup of the room was attactive and functional with a love seat, chair, king size bed, 3 drawer chest and a desk. Although the view was not particularly interesting, the bed was top notch with comfortable oversized down pillows and comforter. A coffee machine and supplies is in the room, and coffee is provided in the lobby every morning until 11AM. There is a decent bagel store across the street from the hotel, if you decide not to eat at the hotel restaurant for breakfast. The area restaurants are very good, with a fantastic Spanish Tapas restaurant across the street, and a beer brewery down the block, as well as Thai, Italian, Turkish, and other nice restaurants in close proximity. The hotel is in the historic district which has houses and buildings with historical interest in easy walking distance of the hotel. We ate at the Tap Room (one of the two hotel restaurants) on Thursday, and listened to live Jazz as we ate. The food was fantastic. Directly behind the hotel is the Lehigh Canal tow path which runs between Easton and Allentown, and is good for easy bike riding or walking. Also in close proximity (5 mins via car) is the south side which includes the new Sands Resort as well as Steel Stacks, the preserved site of the former Behtlehem Steel Corp, which is an new art and culture space for the city. I rate the hotel very high for elegance, comfort, location, and price. The service is very good. Note that closet space is limited with the rooms, and there is a $5 parking fee per day added to your bill. Oh! I forgot to add the nice gym on the third floor, and most rooms have a Jacuzzi bath.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Slauth, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, February 10, 2012
Hi Drew,

Congratulations on the Birth of your Granddaughter! Thank you for your thoughtful and thorough review of our Hotel and Historic Bethlehem. The Tap Room features live Jazz every Thursday. I am glad you were able to enjoy that while you were here. We hope you choose to stay with us again on your next visit.
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012 via mobile

Gorgeous and romantic and soooo "Christmas-y". The atmosphere is of the good old days, people are very nice and helpful. The restaurant is great but gets fully booked in the weekend so make sure to have your reservation in time.
My colleagues from my parent company in Italy, loved it. It is a real experience, I would highly recommend it especially during the winter holiday season

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Slauth, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
Dear Chiccager,

Thank you for joining us during the Christmas season! I am happy to hear that you and your colleagues got to enjoy the hotel during the Holidays. Your restaurant tip is very good as well. They do fill up quickly and reservations are very helpful.

Thank you again for choosing the Hotel Bethlehem and taking the time to share your experience!
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

I had decided to reserve several rooms for our guest speakers for a workshop at Lehigh University. It was a positive experience from the get go. The hotel staff was amazingly cooperative, detail oriented, accommodating, flexible, and pleasant. The shuttle service was an extra benefit as it took the guests back and forth from the airport AND the workshop! This was really appreciated by our guests and by the university. The faculty wanted to take the speakers out to dinner and I suggested The Tap Room in Hotel Bethlehem to avoid the cold evening temperatures. It turned out to be the perfect atmosphere. The Tap Room was able to accommodate the dietary needs of all our guests and that was wonderful. All in all I must say this was the perfect arrangement for our needs and I am sure to use this hotel again.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms facing Lehigh University or Main Street.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Slauth, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
Dear Shaku,

Thank you for your comments. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and we are looking forward to working with you in the future!

Thank you again!
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Address: 437 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Bethlehem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Bethlehem
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Historic Hotel Bethlehem 3.5*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Historic Hotel Bethlehem in downtown Bethlehem PA in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, just minutes from Allentown and Easton, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, Moravian College, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and a 10 minute drive from the Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE). We are conveniently located in the heart of the historic district that surrounds our hotel in Bethlehem Embrace our beautifully decorated and newly renovated historic Bethlehem hotel. Come experience world-class service, charming guest accommodations, elegantly appointed lobby and common areas, beautiful yet efficient banquet and meeting facilities, and Award winning cuisine. We proudly continue the tradition of Bethlehem hospitality that began by the Moravians who first settled here in 1741. Come experience this hospitality at our Historic Hotel Bethlehem.Restored to its original 1922 grandeur, Historic Hotel Bethlehem's floor-to-ceiling palladium windows provide dramatic views of the historic shopping district just outside our front doors. Seven large murals were painted by George Gray in 1937 to depict the history of Bethlehem. These beautiful murals currently adorn the walls of the Mural Ballroom. One of the larger murals retells the story of how Count Zinzendorf and other early settlers named the city of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve in 1741. This event took place in a crude cabin on the site now occupied by our Award winning hotel. ... more   less 
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