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.
- 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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