I stayed at the Hotel Bethlehem for one night in February to attend a wedding. We booked a 1 bedroom corner suite and were able to get a discounted rate due to the wedding. Initially when we called, we never got a confirmation email, so my wife had to call back to get that information a few days later. Check in is at 4:00, we tried to check in at 3:15 and the room was not ready. They said it would be about 10 minutes and to check at 3:30. It was not ready then, but they proceeded with the "check in" and then said they would come over to us in the lobby with the keys when the room was ready. It was ready at about 3:40 or so.
This is an older hotel and the elevators are very slow and small. They are upgrading the elevators, but this means that only 1 of the 2 is available since they are working on one.
The room was very nice and had a view of the Star of Bethlehem. The bedroom was separated by 2 French doors. There was a flat screen TV, couch and chair in the living room. There were 2 robes in the living room closet. There is no safe in the room. The light switches were dimmer switches which was nice. There was a desk and flat TV in the bedroom. The bathroom was small but functional. The toiletries were Bath & Body Works. The shower had good water pressure and got hot very quickly.
The location is good, right downtown on Main Street, although there were train horns blasting around Midnight from nearby train tracks (I think across the river).
There was a lot of activity in the hotel on a Saturday Night. We had drinks in the lobby bar after the wedding. Someone ordered mozzarella sticks, and they were very good. We ate breakfast at the hotel in the morning. The breakfast was a little expensive, but not too much so for a nicer hotel. One thing, the ham with the breakfast was very thin for what I would expect to get with a breakfast. The hotel has a brunch on Sundays, and the lobby is taken over to setup for the brunch food stations. This was annoying because they take away all the normal chairs, sofas etc in the lobby and there isn't much room to wait for others. The Hotel also charged $5 for parking, which I wasn't expecting,
- 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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