Weddings

Historic Hotel Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA View map Visit website

About

Based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Historic Hotel Bethlehem is an elegant city wedding venue in the greater Philadelphia area. From the painted murals to the decorative architecture, the hotel offers a vintage setting with a 1920's touch. Most importantly, the experienced and professional staff will help you plan an unforgettable day.

Facilities and Capacity
The city hotel wedding venue can accommodate up to 250 guests. Ceremonies can be held inside or outside. In the Grand Ballroom, guests will marvel at the sophisticated cocktail balconies and twinkling crystal chandeliers. The Mural Ballroom, which is ideal for slightly smaller gatherings, can host up to 130 guests and features stunning gilded columns.

Services Offered
At Historic Hotel Bethlehem, the attentive crew is committed to making your day absolutely perfect. They want to not only meet your expectations, but exceed them. Their services include:

  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • Linens
  • Table numbers
  • Candles

Cuisine
The venue’s culinary team will carefully design a menu for your celebration. They offer a range of catering packages, including hors d’oeuvres, plated meals and dessert. To enhance your dining experience, they have themed stations and bars, such as:

  • Seafood and raw bar
  • Bruschetta bar
  • Sushi bar
  • Dim sum
  • Slider station
  • Antipasto
  • Seasonal fruit and berries
  • Hummus trio
  • Cheese board
  • Garden crudite
  • Street tacos

Accommodation
Historic Hotel Bethlehem has 125 guest rooms and suites. The sophisticated accommodations offer amazing views of the National Historic Landmark District and Main Street in Bethlehem. On the big night, couples can enjoy a complimentary suite.

Other Facilities
The hotel venue has a bridal suite for you and your wedding party to enjoy. On-site parking and shuttle services are also available.

Other Services
Couples are welcome to host their wedding-related events at Historic Hotel Bethlehem. These gatherings include:

  • Engagement party
  • Bridal shower
  • Ceremony
  • Reception

History
Built in 1922 by Charles M. Schwab, the hotel was originally established to cater to the clients of Bethlehem Steel Company. In 1936, the American Hotel Corporation was hired to operate the hotel during the Great Depression. Today, the city hotel continues to offer world-class services to travelers, guests and couples.

Location
Historic Hotel Bethlehem is 14 minutes from Allentown, 60 minutes from Reading and 70 minutes from Philadelphia. Lehigh University is five minutes away, Lehigh Valley Mall is 12 minutes away and Lehigh Valley International Airport is 10 minutes away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
Premium Liquor

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

250

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Hotel
Restaurant

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March

63 Reviews

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Recommended by 97% of couples
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    Joseph S. Married on 04/17/2021
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    Parent of Groom

    We can not say enough about the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Their reputation as an elegant well run venue is well earned. The food was delicious and the rooms for our overnight guests were great. Kathy & Kelly were so patient & accommodating of every detail from our initial tour right through to breakfast the day after.
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    Don U. Married on 10/17/2020
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    Fabulous Memorial weekend wedding

    The couple were both Lehigh graduates. Their dream wedding was a ceremony at Packer Memorial Church. The best complement was a wedding reception at Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Hotel B management and staff were incredible to work with throughout the process. The food for the cocktail hour and reception were excellent. The serving staff were extremely attentive throughout the reception but also the weekend as most of our guests stayed in the hotel. The Grand Ballroom made for an elegant reception. Most importantly, our couple could not be happier with the outcome!! - Father of the Bride
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    Caitlin H. Married on 08/15/2020
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    Best day ever!

    Over three months later, and our family and friends are still talking about how wonderful our wedding was at Historic Hotel Bethlehem! The entire experience truly felt like a dream. We were devastated when we needed to postpone our wedding from August 2020 to July 2021. However, Hotel B was extremely understanding and flexible! Kelsey was incredibly responsive during our planning period from December 2020 until May 2021. Bethany took over from there and continued to provide great service and answer all our questions. We decided to have our rehearsal dinner at the Hotel as well, and we were stunned at how lovely it was! Amazing service and our family and bridal party raved about the food! It was all so convenient to practice the ceremony and just walk right upstairs to dinner. Afterwords freshen up in our hotel rooms and head out down Main Street to continue the festivities (of course). The day of our wedding I felt so relaxed based on the staff and our coordinators preparedness. We had our ceremony in the Mural Ballroom and then headed upstairs for cocktail hour and reception in the Grand Ballroom! My husband and I really appreciated the hospitality suite complete with drinks and our cocktail hour food for us and the bridal party. It was great to fuel out before heading out to chat with our guests! I cannot stress this enough—the staff at Hotel Bethlehem is AMAZING! I truly felt special as we constantly had staff (shoutout to Martin!) check on us, getting us drinks, notifying us our entrees had arrived, etc. Not having to worry about moving decor, guest books, etc and having it all taken care of is a DREAM. At the end of the night a bottle of chilled champagne and our wedding cupcakes were waiting for my husband and I in our bridal suite. So sweet! I could go on and on, but if you are looking for a wedding venue in the Lehigh Valley you need to book Hotel Bethlehem!! Thank you all again!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Kelsey & James
    106 photos · 08/23/2019
  • Jillian & Kostadinos
    27 photos · 11/10/2018

Professional Network & Endorsements

5 Endorsements
S.R. WeddingStory S.R. WeddingStory Wedding Photographers

This is one of my favorite venues to work with and photograph. Everything about tHotel Bethlehem and it’s staff is charming, hospitable and classy! Their food, drinks and appetizers are amazing as well! Love Love Love this place!

Reflections Creative Photography Reflections Creative Photography Wedding Photographers

There is no better venue than the Historic Hotel Bethlehem! From the beauty of the building to the amazing staff and service. We have been blessed to work here for many, many years and event. One of the very best!

Samantha Clemmer Photography Samantha Clemmer Photography Wedding Photographers

Hotel Bethlehem is an amazing venue for a wedding! From start to finish, I watched the staff as they seamlessly directed my client's dream wedding day. They were so great. Not to mention, the hotel is truly beautiful. I hope I have the opportunity to photograph another wedding there in the future!

Map

437 Main Street Bethlehem, PA, 18018
6106255000
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Historic Hotel Bethlehem frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Historic Hotel Bethlehem?

Historic Hotel Bethlehem includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Tables

At Historic Hotel Bethlehem, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Historic Hotel Bethlehem includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At Historic Hotel Bethlehem, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Historic Hotel Bethlehem includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • Premium Liquor

What are the most important characteristics of Historic Hotel Bethlehem in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Historic Hotel Bethlehem for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Hotel
  • Restaurant

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Historic Hotel Bethlehem for wedding events?

Historic Hotel Bethlehem offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor

What kind of wedding events does Historic Hotel Bethlehem offer?

Historic Hotel Bethlehem offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party

What services does Historic Hotel Bethlehem offer for wedding events?

Historic Hotel Bethlehem offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms

What furniture and decorations does Historic Hotel Bethlehem have available for wedding events?

Historic Hotel Bethlehem offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Historic Hotel Bethlehem and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Historic Hotel Bethlehem is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in flexibility and 4.8 in value.

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