The hotel itself was fine, pretty much the standard Fairfield Inn you'd expect. Technically less than 2 miles from Allentown Airport, you'd easily be able to see it from a top floor room, but you absolutely couldn't walk it (no sidewalks, no crossings, all busy main roads). This hotel is next door to the other Marriott properties also listed at Allentown Airport, they are all in a row. It is right next to route 22.
The rooms were a little dark, but they do tend to be at Fairfield's as there is no central ceiling light, just lamps and wall mounted bedside lamps and they have a tendency with this Marriott brand to use, browns, blues and oranges. The travelers photos submitted for this hotel do reflect pretty much what you get. The professional hotel photos are a lot brighter than it is in reality, but I have no complaints. Plenty of parking outside. Front desk staff were friendly. Didn't eat breakfast or make use of other facilities, so can't make any comments as we stayed there to be close to Allentown Airport for an early departure, so breakfast wasn't open when we left at 4:30am.
However, my only issue is that if you are catching an early flight from Allentown Airport, then the offer of the free airport shuttle is totally misleading. We booked in on the "park & fly" package and then were unable to use it as the shuttle doesn't start running until 7am. I specifically rung one afternoon before booking the room to check if we needed to reserve a place on the shuttle. I explained that we had a very early morning departure and was told to make sure I booked a place on the shuttle when we checked in, as it wasn't first come first served. When I mentioned this at checkin, they explained that someone should have told us the shuttle didn't start running until 7:00am. They were very apologetic and there was nothing much they could do other than offer us the number of a taxi company. My advice would be, if you're flight departs before 8:00am, forget about the park and fly option, unless you are prepared to get a taxi across which we were told was $20 - $25 for an incredibly short distance.
So whilst this hotel advertises itself as "free shuttle to the airport", it is with limitations that are not made clear on the Marriott Website and in our case, not by the person we specifically asked about the shuttle services prior to making the reservation.
For flights later in the day and if you intend to be away for a long time, then this option might work, but I would recommend you double check all details before you book.
And if you are going to leave your car at the hotel, just be aware it is an open unsecured parking lot outside the hotel with all the usual hotel disclaimers about damage to the car.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come join us and our friendly staff in beautiful Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We are only minutes from LVI airport and close to many points of interest in the Lehigh Valley. You'll love our large, comfy, clean rooms. Easy and stress-free livin' is our thing. Just come on over and let us prove it to you. Never start a full day on an empty stomach. Enjoy the FREE continental hot breakfast buffet, featuring Jimmy Dean® breakfast sandwiches and Beligum waffles. Nearby are Lehigh University, Muhlenburg College, Lafayette College, DeSales University, and Moravian College. Your room will be right around the corner from action-packed Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, the Crayola Factory, Historic Bethlehem, several ski areas, and many great shops and restaurants. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Marriott, Booking.com, Travel Republic (UK), TripOnline SA, Expedia, Hotels.com, HotelsClick, Ebookers, Cancelon, Evoline ltd, 5viajes2012 S.L. and HotelQuickly so you can book your Fairfield Inn & Suites Allentown Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley Airport reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Allentown Bethlehem Hotel Bethlehem
- Fairfield Inn And Suites Allentown Bethlehem
- Fairfield Inn Bethlehem
- Fairfield Bethlehem
- Bethlehem Fairfield Inn