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Historic Hotel Bethlehem
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Bethlehem
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 5, 2009

Went there for a conference. The atmosphere of this historic hotel is great. Enjoyed the marble stairways and walked up and down them. The old elevators were nice but slow. The rooms were nicely done. The bathrooms were pretty but small but what do you expect from the 1920s. They had a Kernig coffeemaker that with Newman's own coffee caf and def. That was a nice find. Beds were comfy. Great large windows for looking out. Loved the large windows in the lobby. Just had a great time looking at the structure. Very helpful courteous staff. The tap room and the 1741 room had great food and it was reasonablely priced for all that you got. Very enjoyable and relaxed time.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 20, 2009

In town to visit relatives, we decided to stay here, rather than one of the chains on the highway because of an Internet special. The downtown location is convenient to walking around the historic district and visiting the shops lining Main Street. The staff were friendly and efficient, check in was flawless. Free parking in the rear of the hotel was covenient. With wedding receptions all weekend, the satellite parking lot with free shuttle was used, eliminating my fear of not being able to park upon returning. The wedding crowds quickly overwhelmed the two elevators, however. Breakfast in the restaurant was pleasant and interesting with the newly-restored tile floor that had been covered by carpet for decades. Being a 1922-vintage hotel, our room was small, but adequate. Walls are thin, but we lucked out with quiet neighbors. The HVAC system only blew hot air, so we opened the window and enjoyed the spring breezes all night. The only glitch was on the last morning when there was no hot water for showers and the Keurig coffee maker refused to cooperate (get rid of those contraptions!). Upon notifying the front desk, she apologised and offered to credit our breakfasts. Yes, we would stay again, but be aware, this is a historic old, downtown hotel popular with the wedding planners.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2009

The hotel itself was beautiful and the scenery/history surrounding the Hotel is breathtaking. We did not have any time to walk around the area but from past expericene of living near Bethlehem (25 years ago) there was not much to do past a few blocks. The immediate area is still very neat and clean.

Service was very good and all the employees that we came across were very friendly and helpful.

Rooms were okay. They are old fashioned and outdated but that's really just par for the hotel and the look they are going for. Bathrooms were clean and very nice. A/C was almost non-existent and the rooms were very stuffy and you had to open a window just to get some air. Temps were about 70 degrees outside and we had the AC cranked up all the way. Not sure what they do when the temps hits 90+... Rooms were noisy and not sound proofed. We could easily here conversations in the hallway of people walking past. Bring your own background noisemaker if you are used to white noise. Once the window was opened, the room cooled but we were forced to listen to a rooftop AC unit continually turn on and off (think airplane engine reving up and then slowing down).

Wedding facilities were very nice. We had an excellent experience. Finger foods and drinks were very good. Two of the three main entrees were very good. Outdoor scenery from the main room was beautiful. That area does a great jjob of lighting up the area at night for a very dramatic effect.

My wife an I would never stay there again since History really isn't our thing. Plus, the cost is a bit prohibitive and we really didn't get a good nights sleep. It was nice to experience but once is enough.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2009

A very pleasant surprise in a quaint town. Very clean, comfortable bed/linens. Nicely decorated. Bathroom was small, but very clean with marble, granite & classic silver fixtures. Every staff member we came into to contact with at Hotel Bethlehem was genuinely friendly and helpful. When we booked the 2-night stay over the phone, they graciously honored the website price (which was less than what was quoted on the phone) - no rude explanations or excuses. When our bathtub needed a stopper, the stopper along with an apology that included Tap Room breakfast vouchers were delivered to our room in less than five minutes.

Though we were not disappointed, I must mention a few notes for other travelers who may be more finicky: some of the towels were beginning to thin from use; both the door to our room and the walls are thin (so be prepared to hear the din of your neighbor's conversations & laughter - or also as in our case, an infant being calmed in the hallway at 2 am.)

For dining Saturday night, we visited Brewworks just a few blocks away and enjoyed a great oatmeal stout & great barfare. On Sunday, we decided to splurge for a late Easter Brunch served at the hotel. I was somewhat concerned after agreeing to take the 3:15 pm reservation (ie, food out for several hours, picked over, not much left to choose from.) I was so terribly wrong! The shrimp cocktail, the brie, the salads, the prime rib, the desserts, etc. were fresh, savory and delicious. What a delight to sit in the sun-drenched 1741 dining room (that was obviously winding down from crowds) and yet all the brunch staff were smiling, ready & eager to serve. Had we not received breakfast vouchers for the Tap Room, we probably would have returned on Monday morning to Johnny's Bagels across the street. (I must note that the vouchers also included tax & gratuity.) The Tap Room breakfast was delicious, enjoyed in another sunny dining area, and served with genuine smiles.

We would definitely return to Hotel Bethlehem.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

The hotel lived up to all our expectations. Once again we found the "historic hotel" to be charming. The bathroom was small (as expected) but updated. The room was well appointed. The hotel is located in the middle of a quaint downtown area. It is surrounded by nice shops and good restaurants.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2009

This was one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in. It was incredibly expensive for the location, and I feel we got nothing for the price. Our room was behind the elevators and all night long we heard them going up and down, up and down. I barely slept. The bathroom was the most outdated of any I have ever seen in a hotel. Think 1960s dorm or highway rest-stop. Really terrible.
The hotel is made out to be some sort of grand old historic building, but its all just a facade. The lobby is nice, as is the outside, but the rooms are terrible.
Save yourself $250, and stay somewhere else!!!

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2009

Found this hotel while looking for a place to eat on New Years Eve night ( a TERRIBLE time to find a restaurant!). We ate in the tap room and listened to old school jazz while we sipped cocktails and had a light dinner. The atmosphere was so elegant and relaxing, we decided against driving to one of the highways chain hotels and booked a room.

Since the hotel was so quiet, we received a very nice discounted room rate with no haggling of any sort. I only wish we had spent some extra and gotten a suite. The rooms are small by todays standards ( or vice versa, standard by NYC hotel size!). The room and furnishings were all comfortable and the housekepping impeccable. The bathroom was really quite lovely with marble floor and walls.

There is SO much history at the hotel and is a lovingly restored working museum of sorts. It was fun walking around and seeing all the different meeting and baquet rooms.

Some tips for staying in Bethlehem - have breakfast at the Begian waffle house -outstanding. Have dinner at the slightly more formal dining room at the hotel - they have a $30 tasting menu. Lastly, bring comfortable shoes, Bethlehem is a walking museum with lots of architechural charm and preservation.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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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 15 Hotels in Bethlehem
Price Range: $195 - $272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Historic Hotel Bethlehem 4.5*
Number of rooms: 128
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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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