I have mixed feelings about writing this review. We got married there and have spent countless nights there during Musikfest. As such, this hotel holds a special place in our lives.
My wife and I just returned to the hotel to celebrate our 1 year anniversary and stayed in the same room as our wedding night. We stayed in an Executive Star View Suite for about $200 a night. While the room was clean, the room had some obvious signs of wear and tear that were also there the year before. Nothing had been done to fix it. As we walked around the room, we're like: "Oh yea, there's the missing wallpaper from last year", "there's that hole in the wall behind the shower." etc. I've attached pictures of the deferred maintenance. It includes stained couches and chairs, peeling paint throughout the ceiling, peeling, stained or torn wallpaper, and a bathroom door that won't open easily (Due to the lack of ventilation in the bathroom, the wood expands and won't open). When we had our wedding there in 2013, I visited my relatives in other rooms throughout the hotel and the standard rooms are in far worse in shape. I specifically remember my parent's room had a broken lamp and areas of missing wallpaper. All of the rooms that I've seen are generally clean but need some basic maintenance updates.
At $200 a night in a sleepy (yet beautiful) town like Bethlehem, you expect better quality that this hotel offers. Yes, we enjoy exploring the town, having a drink at the bar, and the lobby is very nice. However, any other hotel would have addressed the maintenance issues long ago. This is probably the most expensive hotel in town and it could be the nicest.
The other annoying thing is the parking. They charge $7/night for parking which we were not aware of until we checked out. The best part is that I couldn't actually park at the hotel on Saturday night as the lot was full. I parked on the street in front of the hotel.
To summarize, we love this hotel, but its going down the tubes. All they need to do is apply some fresh paint and fix some of maintenance issues to restore it to the quality that their reputation demands and deserves.
- 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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