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Historic Hotel Bethlehem
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Bethlehem
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

We found the Hotel Bethlehem on Trip Advisor. The description and reviews of the hotel were accurate. It is an old world hotel with modern amenities. Our room was small but very clean. The linens and towels were luxurious. This is a historic hotel; the lobby is grand and the history of the hotel and it's many famous guests is varied and interesting. As other reviewers have previously stated, only one elevator was working and walls are thin- we did hear conversation from the hall and other rooms. The Sunday brunch was not included in our rate. It is a lovely brunch buffet, with an omlette and waffle station and a carving station. It costs $30.00 a person and does not include any alcoholic beverages. They serve breakfast earlier but the buffet does not start until 10:30 so if you are an early riser there is not much to do in town until 10:30 on a Sunday. Shops do not open on Sunday until 12. The town is quaint and fits with the historic nature of the hotel. Visit the Moravian Book Shop right across the street for lovely and unique gifts. The Apollo Grill (also suggested by Trip Advisor) was a few blocks down on Broad Street and worth the walk. All in all, it was a lovely stay.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, 25 February 2013
Hi alan831,

We are happy to see that you found us on Trip Advisor and that you chose to share your experience with us. We truly appreciate it.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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york, pa
Level 5 Contributor
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

I stayed here on business and found that the room was small, but comfortable and clean. I was on the 9th floor and loved the view. The bathroom was compact but clean. The bed was the most comfortable one that I have slept in in a long time. They only had 1 elevator working which caused some wait time during the "peak" usage. They charge $5 to park, which I think is crazy, especially since I was there for some business training that was being held at the hotel. We gave them a lot of money for the training, as well as buying our meal so the $5 for the parking shouldn't have been charged. Anyway, back to the hotel....I liked my room, and the employees were very nice. If you like the charm of a turn of the 19th century hotel, but modern amenities, then this will be right up your alley.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, 25 February 2013
Hi kkitt,

Thank you for sharing your recent experience with us. Our Mattresses and bedding were replaced in 2012. It is great to hear that you found them comfortable and slept well. As a historic hotel, our 128 guest rooms and baths do vary in size. We do offer several suites that have more space than a traditional room. We are also in the process of upgrading our elevators so they will be faster and more efficient. That project is scheduled to be complete in May 2013.

Thank you again. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future.
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

We recently stayed at the Bethlehem Hotel and as the title states, had a wonderful experience. Unbeknownst to the hotel, we were traveling in for a funeral. I found the hotel via TripAdvisor and was very pleased. The accommodations were clean, beds comfortable and staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. We were able to check in a couple hours early, which was welcoming and when the cable in our room didn't work, we were moved to a larger room quickly without hesitation. I cannot speak more highly of the friendly staff who made the unexpected trip for my family members and I that much better.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
Hi LMNero,

We are sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. It was our pleasure to accommodate you and your family.
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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

I stayed at the Hotel Bethlehem for one night in February to attend a wedding. We booked a 1 bedroom corner suite and were able to get a discounted rate due to the wedding. Initially when we called, we never got a confirmation email, so my wife had to call back to get that information a few days later. Check in is at 4:00, we tried to check in at 3:15 and the room was not ready. They said it would be about 10 minutes and to check at 3:30. It was not ready then, but they proceeded with the "check in" and then said they would come over to us in the lobby with the keys when the room was ready. It was ready at about 3:40 or so.

This is an older hotel and the elevators are very slow and small. They are upgrading the elevators, but this means that only 1 of the 2 is available since they are working on one.
The room was very nice and had a view of the Star of Bethlehem. The bedroom was separated by 2 French doors. There was a flat screen TV, couch and chair in the living room. There were 2 robes in the living room closet. There is no safe in the room. The light switches were dimmer switches which was nice. There was a desk and flat TV in the bedroom. The bathroom was small but functional. The toiletries were Bath & Body Works. The shower had good water pressure and got hot very quickly.

The location is good, right downtown on Main Street, although there were train horns blasting around Midnight from nearby train tracks (I think across the river).
There was a lot of activity in the hotel on a Saturday Night. We had drinks in the lobby bar after the wedding. Someone ordered mozzarella sticks, and they were very good. We ate breakfast at the hotel in the morning. The breakfast was a little expensive, but not too much so for a nicer hotel. One thing, the ham with the breakfast was very thin for what I would expect to get with a breakfast. The hotel has a brunch on Sundays, and the lobby is taken over to setup for the brunch food stations. This was annoying because they take away all the normal chairs, sofas etc in the lobby and there isn't much room to wait for others. The Hotel also charged $5 for parking, which I wasn't expecting,

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
Hi fligster,

Thank you sharing your experience with us. We do apologize for the delays with the elevators. As you mentioned we are in the process of updating the mechanics to make them quicker and more efficient. We do however have an attendant to man the elevator during busier times to help keep it moving in a timely manner. The Black Forest Ham that we serve for Breakfast is hand carved for each order. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your room. Our corner suites do provide beautiful views of Bethlehem.

If you visit the area again we truly hope you choose to stay with us.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

it was my first time in Bethlehem and thanks to TripAdvisor we found this little gem. The service is excellent, priced right, very clean and comfortable rooms. Lots of things to do and nice restaurants close by.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
Hi CharlotteMot,

I’m happy to see that you found us on here. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Brentwood, TN
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2013

The place was great. The people were better and the food was quite good. Stem to stern a great place. I would strongly recomend it. On Thursday night there is Jazz in the restaurant and it was a real treat.

Room Tip: Corner rooms mys not have good wireless connection
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
Hi Rhythmdoc54,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We look forward to your next visit.
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Lexington, Virginia
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

The hotel is lovely and historic, yet with good sturdy comfortable beds. Some of the rooms (and their bathrooms) can be quite small, though, so make sure you ask for a room with a tub - my first room had only a standing shower and no room for much else. The staff is extremely attentive and accommodating (they changed my room immediately after I mentioned that tiny bathroom). The complimentary breakfast is lovely, but make sure you are clear on registering about how many people are staying in your room. I had a roommate (for a conference) but ended up with breakfast coupons for only one of us. The gym is small but acceptable, and was more than I expected. The location is fantastic since all of Bethlehem is at your doorstep.

Room Tip: Ask for a tub so your bathroom isn't too small. Corner rooms tend to be quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Sean L, Manager at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, responded to this review, 1 February 2013
Hi MuseoffireAD,

Thank you for sharing your experience. It was our pleasure to Host the conference attendees. You do bring up a good point that not everyone may know. We do have some rooms with showers only. When making reservations you can always request a room with a bathtub. We also have suites that do offer more space and they all have bathtubs.

Thank you again. We hope to welcome you back in the future.
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Property: Historic Hotel Bethlehem
Address: 437 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018-5808
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Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Bethlehem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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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