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“Saturday in Bethelehem PA.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Historic Hotel Bethlehem

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Historic Hotel Bethlehem
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Bethlehem
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Saturday in Bethelehem PA.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in this lovely old hotel last Saturday night. This was our first visit to Bethlehem. The shops were all decorated for Xmas. We made reservations to eat in the fancy hotel restaurant, but we cancelled because there were no other diners. This is a high scale eatery, maybe too high scale for Bethlehem. We ate in a restaurant just up the road. It had wonderful food and was priced right. However, it was the noisiest restaurant we ever ate in. Maybe because we were too old and it was Saturday night. The only complaint we have about the hotel is the thin walls in room 910. The ladies in room 912 came home about 2.30am, ordered room service, and partied till 5am. We did not get very much sleep that night. The hotel does a good business with weddings. Maybe Saturday night would be a good night not to book there.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Hi Jack M,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for providing feedback regarding your stay. I would like to apologize for the noise issue you encountered. We take noise issues very serious and would have gladly taken care of it for you. If you would like to discuss this further our General Manager Dennis Costello can be reached at 610-625-2201 or DCOSTELLO@HOTELBETHLEHEM.COM

Thank you again! We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you both back in the future.
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Clinton, New Jersey
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29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed overnight for an anniversary get-away and because we had tickets for an event at Lehigh University. The Executive King room we had was on the eighth floor - it was quiet and secluded and plenty large, with a king bed and a living area with a sofa. The marble bathroom was clean and attractive. Clearly this is an event hotel (just while we were there, there was a wedding, a 50th birthday party, a baby shower and the Sunday brunch buffet) so there is a lot of hustle and bustle in the lobby, but once you are in the wooden paneled elevator, you feel immediately removed from everything. Restaurant (1741 Terrace) was wonderful but pricey, however there are a lot of great restaurants within a few blocks. Sunday brunch is clearly the big deal. I would return just to have a drink in the Tap Room!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lormacmom
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Hi lormacmom,

Happy Anniversary! Thank you for celebrating with us and for writing your review. The Executive Kings are very nice rooms and they also provide beautiful views of Bethlehem. We do host quite a few events. We do everything we can to ensure the guest floors are quiet and guests are not disturbed. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed dinner in 1741 on the Terrace. I would highly recommend trying our Award winning Sunday brunch it is very popular with local residents and our hotel guests.

Thank you again for joining us! We hope you join us again soon…
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McLean, Virginia
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

The location of Hotel Bethlehem can't be beat! Just park your car and walk everywhere. The hotel is right on the main street, yet the rooms are quiet and the ambiance is peaceful--once you get through the lobby. (If there's a wedding or a special event, the lobby can be crowded and noisy.) The rooms vary in size, so ask when you check in, although I've found that switching rooms is a non-starter here.

The public areas are lovely--especially at Christmastime--and you feel surrounded by history. The rooms have all the modern comforts, though: The beds are wonderful, and the bathrooms, though small, are fully appointed. Just a few caveats: The free newspapers ran out early, and the message button on my phone didn't work. (I was given an awkward "workaround," but I'm hoping they fixed it for the next person in Room 927.) On the other hand, the staff at the front desk were always friendly and helpful. Their apologies for the lack of newspapers were so sincere that I didn't even mind the problem.

The restaurants at the hotel are fine, but there are good choices in town too. If you do eat at the Tap Room (off the lobby) in the winter, try to avoid getting the table closest to the front entrance of the hotel: You'll freeze! All in all, however, the hotel is best choice in a beautiful little city.

Room Tip: Rooms on higher floors tend to have great views of the town and the surrounding hills.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kathy M
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Hi Kathyngs,

Thank you for the kind words. We are pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay and appreciate the feedback. We are very fortunate to be in the Historic District. There is plenty to see and do right outside our doors. Thank you for letting us know about the phone in your room. We have shared your comments with our engineering team so they can rectify the phone issue in that room. We do have a few rooms that do vary in size. I would highly recommend one of our Suites the next time you are with us. Our suites also provide beautiful views of the South Mountain with the Bethlehem Star lit up at night. They provide extra space as well as a living room area. We will be completely decorated for Christmas on Thanksgiving Day. The theme this year is a must see!

Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We hope to see you again soon…
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Philadelphia, PA
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53 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

Love this hotel. Historic feel with modern conveniences! Friendly staff, helpful and gracious. Lovely decor, marbled floors, artistic details. Excellent location! Central to historic district. We were able to walk to restaurants, Moravian museums etc.. Bed was very comfortable as well.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pbfarraday
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Hi pbfarraday,

Thank you for sharing your experience! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. As you mentioned we are a Historic Hotel. We embrace and celebrate our history all while offering the modern conveniences you would expect while traveling. We also have the perfect location in the heart of Historic Moravian Bethlehem a National landmark District. We appreciate the wonderful comments.

Thank you again! We hope to see you soon…
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Binghamton
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30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

I will dine at the hotel BUT I will NEVER stay at the hotel. The rooms are small and the bathrooms are even smaller. The first time the ceiling in the bathroom above was falling into our bathroom because of a water leak. They couldn't change our room because they were full up. The second time our bath tub overflowed into the room because of a blockage. After they cleaned that up that, then on Monday morning we were part of an electrical fire. Elevators were down and had to climb six stories, with no light in stairwells in order to retrieve our belongings. NEVER got an apology, $25 off your next stay coupon, nothing. Even though my wife just "loves" the atmosphere, NEVER EVER again. Their restaurants are great, ambiance is great, love the staff but the hotel itself leaves something to be desired. SORRY

Room Tip: Food is great, avoid the hotel. I am originally from Bethlehem and I wish I could be more positive...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Mark B
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Hi Mark B,

Thank you for taking the time to share your review of the Hotel. We welcome your feedback. We do appreciate your continued loyalty to our restaurants. I would like to apologize for your poor experience as a result of a power surge emanating from our local power company. Since that unusual occurrence we have upgraded our back-up generators, completely replaced and upgraded our elevators, and added emergency lighting to our stairwells. We are sorry that you did not receive an apology that day. I assure you this was an isolated incident and not at all indicative of the service standards that our staff upholds on a daily basis. We have elevated our plumbing to a high priority on our preventative maintenance schedule.

We would like to earn back your loyalty to the hotel. Our General Manager Dennis Costello would like the opportunity to discuss your concerns in more detail. He may be reached at 610-625-2201 or DCOSTELLO@HOTELBETHLEHEM.COM
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Hockessin, Delaware
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a long autumn weekend getaway with another couple. The hotel is lovely. The room was beautiful, and the bed was heavenly. The staff is friendly, gracious, and completely accommodating. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner in the lobby restaurant, including some good jazz music playing that evening. The location is great - we walked along the main street and enjoyed browsing in the quaint shops. I would highly recommend a stay at this charming, elegant, comfortable hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank rags53
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Hi rags53,

Thank you for this wonderful review! We are quite pleased that you, your husband and your friends had a great time while you were here. We have a wonderful staff. They truly enjoy what they do and it really comes through to everyone they encounter. Our downtown location cannot be beat. It is the perfect setting to take an autumn stroll to see the sites and the changing foliage.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us! We hope to see you again soon…
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new jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

My husband and I just came back from a 3 day mini vacation in Bethlehem. This Hotel was everything I hoped for. I loved the decor. The bed was extremely comfortable. The location is fabulous. The local shop owners were all very sweet. You must eat at the Apollo Grill and Cork Steak house. The food at both places were unbelievable. We come from 5 min outside NYC so we know good food! We loved this hotel so much we are bringing are kids back next month for the Christmas Village!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank ja2195
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Hi ja2195,

Thank you for taking the time to review us here. We are pleased that you and your husband enjoyed yourselves. We appreciate the feedback on our Serta Perfect Sleepers. Just about everyone really seems to love them. Your room tip is a good one. We do have some rooms that are on the small side. That is par for the course with a Historic Hotel. We do have suites that offer much more space especially if you are traveling with children. You and your family will enjoy the Hotel and Christmas City Village when you return. The Christmas season is our time to shine. We will be fully decorated for Christmas on Thanksgiving day.

Thank you again! We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to the hotel.
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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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