Historic Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
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famous former guests

Located in the Tap Room is a Gallery of Former Distinguished Guests.

Former Presidents, politicians, movie stars, comedians and many more distinguished figures have stayed at Historic Hotel Bethlehem since 1922. Enjoy browsing a few of our former famous guests.

Famous Former Guests
Henry Ford

Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford.  His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry.

Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill

British politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the second World War. Widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders in addition he served in the British Army, was a historian, writer artist won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Famous Former Guests
Thomas Edison
He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.
Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Bob Hope
Bob Hope

American comedian and actor who appeared in Vaudeville, Broadway, Radio, Television and Motion Pictures. Noted for his work with the US Armed Forces and USA shows entertaining American military personnel.

Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama, the most influential figure in Tibetan Buddhism, believed to be the reincarnation of his predecessors and a manifestation of the Buddha of Compassion.

Dwight Eisenhower
Dwight Eisenhower

Five-star General in the United States Army and 34th President of the United States of America. During World War II he served as the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe.

Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford

38th President of the United States of America, the 40th Vice President of the United States of America and served 25 years as a Representative to Congress with eight of those as Republican Minority Leader.

Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, and public servant, most famous as Hollywood’s number-one box-office star from 1935 through 1938.

John Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

35th President of the United States of America, the youngest elected to the office at the age of 43, the only Catholic, first Irish-American and the only President to have won a Pulitzer Prize.

Ronald Jaworski
Ron Jaworski

Former American football quarterback, majority of career played with Philadelphia Eagles, where he was awarded the 1980-Player of the Year, set an NFL record with a 99-yard overtime touchdown pass. Finished a 17-season career with 2,187 completions on 4,117 attempts for 28,190 yards, 179 touchdowns. At Pope John Paul II visit to Philadelphia, received a medal, both being of Polish ancestry.

Muhammad Ali

Former America boxer, three-time world heavyweight champion, considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.

William Clinton
Bill Clinton

42nd President of the United States of America, married to Hillary Rodman Clinton, United States Secretary of State.

Famous Former Guests
Bernadette Peters

 An American actress, singer and children’s book author. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, she has starred in musical theatre, films and television, as well as performing in solo concerts and recordings.

Counting Crows
Counting Crows

Counting Crows is an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band consists of Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Charlie Gillingham, Dan Vickrey, David Immerglück, Jim Bogios and Millard Powers

Famous Former Guests
Steve Carlton

Nicknamed “Lefty”, is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He pitched from 1965 to 1988 for six different teams in his career, but it is his time with the Philadelphia Phillies where he received his greatest acclaim as a professional and won four Cy Young Awards.

Famous Former Guests
Jack Nicklaus

“The Golden Bear”, is a retired American professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time, winning a total of 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes in them, over a span of 25 years.

Famous Former Guests
Alison Krauss

An American bluegrass-country singer-songwriter and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for the first time at fourteen.

Famous Former Guests
Harry Connick, Jr.

An American singer, musician, and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales.

Famous Former Guests
Mayim Bialik

An American actress and neuroscientist. From 1991 to 1995, she played the title character of NBC’s Blossom. Since 2010, she has played Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler – like the actress, a neuroscientist – on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, a role for which she has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Famous Former Guests
Jeffrey Tambor

An American actor and voice actor, best known for his roles as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show, as well as George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development.

Hotel Bethlehem's Scents

The Shoppe

Enjoy browsing The Shoppe at Hotel Bethlehem on your next visit.

Ladies clothing, Jewelry, Scarves, Wraps, Purses, Hats and so much more is now available in The Shoppe located in the Lower Lobby of the hotel, with a Main Street entrance.

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worth noting

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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