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What is the best hotel value ? Parking at the Sands?

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What is the best hotel value ? Parking at the Sands?

I will be driving in from about 3 hours away. What is the best value on a local hotel? I wish the Sands had their hotel open. Also, is their an alternate parking area to the garage? It sounds like I may not be up to the challenge of the garage parking!! THANKS

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1. Re: What is the best hotel value ? Parking at the Sands?

If you want to be close to the Sands, I'd look at the prices for the Comfort Suites right in south Bethlehem and the Holiday Inn Express that is legally in Bethlehem (but is nearly in Hellertown). The HIE is newer & nicer...but the Comfort Suites is a bit cheaper (older but clean).

You could also look at the budget hotels up near the airport. That'll still keep you within 20 minutes of the Sands.

They do have some flats parking, but I've not seen it open yet (it's overflow - they may have opened it on a busier weekend when I wasn't there). Don't worry about the garage parking. When they are busy, they keep staff to help navigate traffic. If you have a large vehicle, they'll often navigate you to a spot on the bottom floor. I've had no problems navigating my compact SUV up a few floors and into a spot.

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2. Re: What is the best hotel value ? Parking at the Sands?

Hi, could you tell me which one of the Holiday Inn's are better. There are two in Bethlehem, right?

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There are two HI Expresses in Bethlehem. One is legally in south Bethlehem, but most people would think it's in Hellertown. This is the one on Cherry Ln (Cherry Ln divides the cities of Hellertown & Bethlehem). It is very new and very clean. It's also the closer one to the Sands (less than 10 minutes) and very close to I-78, if you are coming in that way.

The HI Express in north Bethlehem is on High Point Rd, up near the airport...15 or 20 minutes from the Sands. Also fairly new...I've never stayed there, but the photos look nice (and it is a nice part of town). It's about a mile from the airport, so you will have some noise (but it's ABE...not a major airport, so it's minimal). It's right off of 22, if you are coming in that way.

They are both nice...I'd book at whatever one is most convenient for you.

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4. Re: What is the best hotel value ? Parking at the Sands?

Just a Warning,before you book,you had better check with always-prepared to make sure none of these Hotels have Bed-Bugs!!!

She has another RUMOR on the A/C Forum about them at the Borgata again(second time she started this thing)!!!

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5. Re: What is the best hotel value ? Parking at the Sands?

Eh, bed bugs can really happen anywhere...even in nice places. :)

For what it's worth, I've stayed in a half dozen places in the Lehigh Valley during our relocation, and we've had friends stay at a minimum of 6 others...never any bed bugs.

If you don't mind the drive and want to stay in a really nice B&B that doesn't have an outrageous price tag, you should think about the Stone House Inn & Spa in Macungie...it's probably 30 minutes from the casino, but it's fantastic. DH & I like to go there for quick getaways.

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Thanks MrsKruse.Just warning the Nice people who post the truth on these forums about this person who tells ALOT of Untruths on other Forums!!!

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Hey Moneywho...how are you? So we now have reservations at Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Bethlehem. Can you tell we can't decide?? Hotel Bethlehem seems the nicest but the most expensive and the shuttle ends at 10pm. The Homewood seems ok but a big plus is the shuttle is 24 hours. I need to make a decision and stick with it!! Any help?

So this "always prepared" is a girl???

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Teddy, I've stayed at the Hotel Bethlehem. It's really hit or miss, depending on which room you get it. It's an older, almost boutique style hotel...and I've had several good stays. But I've also had a stay or two that drove me nuts (once, the shower dripped incessantly to the point that you could hear it all night...the other, the room wouldn't get above 60 degrees and we froze...both trips, they attempted to fix things but failed and then wouldn't move us, as they said they'd have it fixed the next day...which they did not).

It's a beautiful property. The food is very good on site if you eat in the restaurants (their catered affairs are hit or miss). I just wouldn't want to stay there on a busy weekend, in fear that they wouldn't be able to move you if you get a dud room. They just need to do a better job at maintenance.

I'd do the HI Express over the Homewood Suites but that's just me.

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9. Re: What is the best hotel value ? Parking at the Sands?

Thank you so much MrsKrause for the info on Hotel Bethlehem. So tell me why Holiday Inn over Homewood Suites? Plus which HOliday Inn, I assume the Cherry HIll one. Thanks

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10. Re: What is the best hotel value ? Parking at the Sands?

I think the HI Expresses are pretty equal...the one on Cherry Ln is closer, but it's pricier. They are both pretty close though (you might spend an extra 10 minutes each way on the one up north). I'd let your budget be your guide.

I just hate the traffic pattern up by the Homewood Suites, that's all. It's probably not so bad when you are coming back from the casino at night, but during the day, it gets ugly sometimes. There are a lot of newish restaurants up that way though...all tasty!

They are all pretty similar...all newish...all fairly convenient to the casino...it all comes down to budget and how close you want to be.

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