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Historic Hotel Bethlehem
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Bethlehem
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews
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“Blast from the past”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Our family enjoyed an extended stay at the Hotel Bethlehem for my niece's graduation. We like historic properties with architectural details and charm. The Hotel Bethlehem delivered. The only shortcoming was weak water pressure in the shower which probably goes with being historic. Many of the staff we encountered were local students and they were all very helpful and enthusiastic.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Hi anncpdx,

Thank you for sharing your recent experience. We are pleased to hear the you and your family enjoyed your stay. Since restoring our bathrooms in 2007, we have installed a mixing valve in our guest room faucets which assists in water pressure. Thank you for bringing the water pressure to our attention. We are in the process of checking the water pressure in the rooms and adjusting it as needed.

We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Media, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

This stately hotel is closing in on its 100th birthday. If you are one who appreciates historic properties, the Hotel Bethlehem will suit you fine. Those seeking shiny and new best get clicking.

Not to suggest the Hotel isn't clean. What can shines, does shine; the public areas are more patina-ed than sparkly. The place has a quiet grandeur that hearkens back to voices of a different age when steel industrialists roamed and ruled. I'm sorry I was only there for one night and didn't get to take note of more of its charms or check out many of the older curiosities found throughout.

I had a room on the 9th floor with 2 full sized beds and a nice view of Main Street and nearby Moravian College. I gave the room an average rating because I wasn't wowed by the decor. Others with different tastes could score higher. All the appointments were acceptable. The bed was comfy. I slept well. Many of my compatriots reported exceptional slumber. The best part of the room was the bath which was clad in contrasting marble tiles on the floor and walls. Above the pedestal sink were clear glass shelves that were super clean, which is good because those do show housekeeping slackness. The shower had a rain-style head. Those looking for a forceful flow will have to settle for a good, even spray.

The Hotel is well-sited. Guests can walk to many shops, bars, and restaurants. Beer lovers should head to nearby Bethlehem Brew Works. Strollers might want to head over to Moravian College to see its campus and neighborhood.

The Tap Room bar located in the lobby sports a wall of noted guest photos ranging from Ozzy Osborne to His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. Surely, if the Hotel Bethlehem was good enough for them, it will be good enough for you.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Hi Keymcgrip,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are happy to hear that you liked the grandeur of our hotel including the marble bathrooms, all of which were restored in 2007. The next time you come to visit us you will notice a change in our room décor. You will hopefully be pleased with our new window treatments in all of our guest rooms that are being upgraded this summer.

Thank you again!
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

It's taken me a while to write this due to my hectic schedule. This hotel was so great to work with. We were probably the most demanding customers to ever walk through the door. The hotel was responsible to house all our wedding guests. The hotel is beautiful, and captures the spirit of Bethlehem. The staff was great to work with, and they were able to accommodate all our needs. We gave them about 60 welcome bags that they passed out to all our guests. I would stay here over any hotel in the area. The location is great! If you need to go anywhere they can transport via shuttle if it is close by.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Hi AgioNiko,

Thank you for choosing to be a part of our Wedding History. It is nice to hear that our Wedding staff took the extra steps to help make your day exceptional!

Thank you again! We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Falls Church, VA
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

I stayed at the Hotel Bethlehem for 4 nights while attending a college reunion. I found it to be excellent. It is an interesting historic structure (1922) which has been modernized. Furnishings, decor, elevators, and all electrical items are up to date. The lobby and restaurants are particularaly attractive and it is in the best possible location in the city. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Kathleen Brown, Director of Restaurant Operations, went out of her way on numerous occasions to accommodate special requests from our large group. Rooms and baths are small but well appointed, many with interesting views of the area. I was thoroughly pleased and will certainly return.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Hi MCF66,

We enjoyed hosting reunion attendees. Accommodating special requests is our specialty. It is great to hear that our staff helped you create a memorable experience.

Thank you!
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Belvidere, New Jersey
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

The hotel is beautiful. Like a step back in time, but modern ammenities. The Sunday brunch is fabulous and our server Maris was a sweet heart. I mentioned it was my husbands birthday and se brought him a few cream puffs with a birthday candle. Very nice !

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank danelle68
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Hi danelle68,

Thank you! It's nice to hear that our staff it taking the extra step to help make our Top 100 Nationally recognized Sunday Brunch truly special.

We hope to welcome you back soon.
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Although we live in the area, we decided to have a get away weekend. We had been at the hotel for dinner many times and enjoyed a delicious meal in the beautiful ambiance of this historic hotel. We had heard that staying at the hotel was delightful as well. From the moment we arrived until we departed Sunday afternoon, the staff made our stay memorable. The room was very comfortable and well appointed. Of course, we enjoyed a wonderful Saturday night dinner in the 1741 Terrace Room and the extravagent Sunday brunch. We would highly recommend the Hotel Bethlehem in the heart of the historic downtown.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Hi gmandcd,

It's nice to have locals having an opportunity to experience the Hotel and all it has to offer. We are pleased to hear that you had dinner in our 1741 on the Terrace that was just restored to its original Solarium theme. It appears that you verify our Top 100 National ranking for Sunday brunch.

Thank you again! We hope you join us soon.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

Hotel Bethlehem was built in 1922 and renovated/ restored in 2007. This hotel is a great example of what a historic hotel can be if owners, management and staff work together.
Every inch of this building was beautiful. My room was clean, and comfortable. It had a large flat screen television and a gourmet coffee maker.
I highly recommend staying at the Hotel Bethlehem. You won't regret it!!!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Hi TomtheWeeklyTraveler,

Thank you for sharing your experience! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our restored property. We continually restore and upgrade the property, including our recent upgrade of our elevators that was completed in May. This upgrade also significantly improved the speed and responsiveness. All of our guest rooms feature 42" Flat Screen TV"s and Keurig coffee makers.
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Property: Historic Hotel Bethlehem
Address: 437 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018-5808
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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Historic Hotel Bethlehem 4.5*
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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