We stayed at the Hotel Bethlehem at the advice of our family who was with us and had stayed in the hotel before. The primary reason was because we were here for the Celtic festival and the Hotel Bethlehem was the only hotel within walking distance so we were able to park the car for the weekend and walk the rest of the time.
The Hotel Bethlehem is a historic hotel – the rooms are smaller and the facilities not as up-to-date and modern. But this is typical for historic hotels. Our room was just what we were looking for and the hotel had some neat architecture.
There was a wedding going on in the hotel on Saturday night so the place was pretty busy (as well as the festival happening just below the hotel). After we fell asleep, we were awoken to the fire alarm (really, really annoyingly loud sound!) and everyone had to make their way to the street. We were on the seventh floor and the elevators were shut down due to the alarm. So we grabbed our jackets and headed down the steps along with everyone else – families carrying sleeping children, elderly people unstable on steps. When we got to the bottom of the steps to the door leading to the outside (emergency exit) there was a truck blocking the exit so we squeezed through a narrow slit of an opening between the door and the truck. Once we were out, it wasn’t too bad – we met up with our family members (who were on other floors) and stood around for almost two hours while the fire department checked everything over. The wedding party – still going strong outside – turned out to be the cause: the bride hung up her dress on one of the sprinklers on the ceiling of her room. Once we got the all clear, we trudged up the stairs to our beds (the elevators were tiny and the lines were too long to wait!). Unfortunately, there was not even an apology from the hotel the next morning when we checked out. A bit disappointing since we lost several hours sleep and the rooms were pricey.
The location of the hotel is great – as I said, we could walk all over the place. The festival was our main attraction and it was just down the hill behind the hotel. So we got exactly what we wanted with the Hotel Bethlehem – everything but a little less sleep than planned! I would stay here again if in the area – and I do hope to get to another festival in the future so there is a good possibility I’ll be visiting the Hotel Bethlehem again!
My wife and I spent Valentine's Day in Bethlehem, staying at the Hotel Bethlehem. The hotel was built in 1920 and was restored/but modernized to current standards.
Unique Quality: Free Parking with stay, wireless internet in the guest rooms and fine dining on the Lobby level. There are reportedly more than one ghost haunting the premises but we did not see any during our stay.
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