Historic Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
Local Phone: 610-625-5000 www.hotelbethlehem.com Hotel Bethlehem Lobby Image Hotel Bethlehem Logo
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BETHLEHEM, PA – AUGUST 27, 2021 – Three, Two, ONE… Historic Hotel Bethlehem is proud to announce being named the #1 Best Historic Hotel in the Country by USA TODAY for their 10BEST 2021 Readers Choice Awards. This is the third year that the hotel has been nominated for this annual national recognition. In 2019 they were named #3, 2020 #2 and being recognized as #1 for 2021.

Historic Hotel Bethlehem was one of twenty Hotels once again nominated by a panel of experts based on their expertise of Historic Hotels. Historic Hotel Bethlehem was the only Hotel nominated from Pennsylvania. The top 10 Hotels were then chosen by popular vote and awarded the 10Best Readers Choice Award. The Hotel is honored to be named #1 this year as they are celebrating their 100 year Anniversary in the 2021-2022 year.

“What a fitting tribute for all of us to achieve this distinction during our 100th anniversary celebration,” Bruce A. Haines, Managing Partner for Historic Hotel Bethlehem, states, “This recognition is a tribute to my dedicated partners and hotel staff that have persevered to restore this Grand Dame to its original 1920s grandeur over the past 22 years.”

Larry Horwitz, Executive Vice President of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide, states “Historic Hotel Bethlehem deserves this recognition as they have demonstrated their leadership in hospitality as evidenced by their 2019 award by Historic Hotels of America #1 Best Hotel (76-200 rooms).”

Voting started on July 19th and was open to the public for 4 weeks of daily voting. With the help of the Lehigh Valley Community, loyal guests and staff they were able to maintain #1 Best Historic Hotel throughout the entire voting period. The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee has traditionally held the #1 Best Historic Hotel position.

Haines continues, “The Peabody Memphis is truly a nationally recognized luxury Community Hotel. The Historic Hotel Bethlehem was built in 1921 as a Community Hotel for Bethlehem at the vision of Bethlehem Steel founder, Charles M. Schwab. He wanted a Grand Hotel to host his customers to compete with U.S. Steel’s Pittsburgh hotels. Schwab would be very proud to know that his vision was achieved 100 years later.”

The Top 10 Hotels are as follows

1. Historic Hotel Bethlehem – Bethlehem, PA
2. The Peabody Memphis – Memphis, TN
3. Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa – Point Clear, AL
4. Deer Path Inn – Lake Forest, IL
5. Hotel Trundle – Columbia, SC
6. Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island, MI
7. The Hermitage Hotel – Nashville, TN
8. The Francis House – Calistoga, CA
9. Wentworth Mansion – Charleston, SC
10. The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, CO


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Our historic hotel in Bethlehem, PA features 125 elegantly restored guest rooms and suites packed with amenities offering spectacular views of the National Historic Landmark District, Bethlehem’s Main Street, Moravian University, Lehigh University and the iconic Bethlehem star on South Mountain.

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Named #1 Best Historic Hotel in the U.S. by USA Today 10BEST
Located on one of the Top 10 Main Streets in the country according to USA Today

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A glossy 120 page coffee table book celebrates nearly 200 years of hospitality on the site of Bethlehem’s first house in 1741. The book features photographs taken by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Robin Hood.

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