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The Historic and Haunted  Hotel Bethlehem in downtown Bethlehem, PA


The Historic and Haunted  Hotel Bethlehem in downtown Bethlehem, Pennsylvania    

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. It is conveniently located in the heart of the historic district that surrounds our hotel in Bethlehem

Embrace the 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. The folks at the Bethlehem 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.
 

 

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Hotel Bethlehem History
The Lower Lobby now tells the fascinating story of how the hotel came to be. Also find information on the predecessor to the hotel Bethlehem, the Moravian’s “Golden Eagle Hotel” a structure that dates from 1794 (George Washington was in office) to April of 1919, in it’s last days it was used for soldiers returning from World War I as a convalescence home.

Prior to the Eagle Hotel, the famous “First House of Bethlehem” was located on this site. Built in 1741 by missioning Moravians in the wilderness that is now the bustling Lehigh Valley. Where on December 24th of 1741, the Moravian’s patron, Count Nicholas Von Zinzendorf, sang a hymn about Bethlehem, after which those gathered decided to name the town Bethlehem.

So from the roaring twenties and the blast furnaces of Charles M. Schwab’s steel empire and lavish lifestyle to the humble 14 Moravian Missionaries who risked life and limb to cross the Atlantic to bring the gospel to the Natives of the valley at the forks of the Lehigh, we’ve got quite a history.

 
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F
riendly Ghosts of the Hotel Bethlehem
May Yohe – Lady Francis Hope - May Yohe, Victorian Actress - Singer 1866-1938

Born at the Eagle Hotel in April 1866, Mary Augusta Yohe was a lively and vivacious little girl. Her Grandfather, Caleb Yohe a Moravian loved by all, owned and operated the beautiful Eagle Hotel.
There are accounts of “May”, as she was called, singing and dancing in the hotel lobby for all of the guests. She was so very talented that the Moravians pooled their money and sent her to Paris for formal operatic training.

In 1888 she made headlines across the country as one of the biggest stage stars! She was also making “other” not so positive headlines. For whatever reason, May was constantly making news with her latest flings.

In the 1890’s she went to England to perform in London, for Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Edward, who loved her singing. She met Lord Francis Clinton Hope a wealthy British Lord and married him. He owned a very famous jewel called the Hope Diamond, which she wore a number of times. However, her marriage to Lord Hope didn’t last and by the turn of the century she was making headlines again for leaving her husband for a handsome American soldier (who ironically stole her jewelry, she divorced him years later)

She seems to have been unlucky in love and her happiest times are said to have been singing and dancing right here in Bethlehem in the hotel lobby. Some say they can still hear her and when our player piano turns on by itself (as it often does!) we think we know who it is! Miss Yohe has also been seen in the 3rd floor exercise room and lobby areas.

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For more information

Hotel Bethlehem
Downtown Bethlehem PA
437 Main Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
Phone: 800-607-BETH (2384) & (610) 625-5000
Email: info@hotelbethlehem.com
Website: www.hotelbethlehem.com

 











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