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Amid pandemic, Hotel Bethlehem requiring reservations to view elaborate indoor Christmas decorations

Following in the footsteps of other Lehigh Valley Christmas attractions, including Christkindlmarkt and the Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Winter Light Spectactular, the elaborately decorated Hotel Bethlehem is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.

a view of a city at night: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hotel Bethlehem is expected to be completely decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. All guests will be required to have a reservation in order to enter the hotel and view the elaborate decorations in the lobby, dining rooms and other areas.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hotel Bethlehem is expected to be completely decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. All guests will be required to have a reservation in order to enter the hotel and view the elaborate decorations in the lobby, dining rooms and other areas.

The 437 Main St. hotel, which earned the No. 2 spot on USA Today’s 10Best 2020 Readers Choice Awards list for “Best Historic Hotel.” is expected to be completely decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving this year to accommodate guests coming in early for the Christmas season, according to a news release.

Management felt it was necessary to kick off the holiday season early like ArtsQuest and the Downtown Bethlehem Association have done with their outdoor Christmas markets.

The hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is professionally decorated by designers Gary Berger and Robert Averill, who have decorated the hotel lobby, restaurants, grand ballroom, meeting spaces, and exterior of the hotel for the past 15 years.

This year will be no different for them, except they must start early and move at “super-elf” speed to finish the enormous task by mid-November, according to the release.

Together, the pair designs the elaborate displays that highlight the hotel’s ornate architecture, while working with the hotel’s engineering staff to organize their set-up.

“We have always sought to make Christmas at the hotel a truly magical experience for visitors to Bethlehem,” Bruice Haines, managing partner of Hotel Bethlehem, said in the release. “This year will be more challenging to manage this annual experience.”

Due to the pandemic, the hotel will require all guests to have a reservation before entering the hotel in order to “help the staff and the management team manage the crowds” during the hotel’s busiest season, according to the release.

In past years, the hotel would have opened its doors to thousands of guests per day to view their decorations, dine with them or enjoy cocktails in their grand lobby. Unfortunately, that will not be the case in 2020.

If locals or guests visiting Bethlehem wish to view the striking decorations throughout the hotel, they must make a reservation in advance on EventBrite for a self-guided tour. Tours are limited and early reservations are strongly encouraged.

“The primary purpose for reservations this year is to ensure the safety of our staff and hotel guests,” Dennis Costello, Hotel Bethlehem’s general manager, said in the release. “This means taking a proactive role to better control the flow of visitors in our lobby and throughout the hotel. It is not our intention to preclude from experiencing our decorations but this action is a necessary one this Christmas season.”

Hotel guests are also encouraged to make dining reservations in

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Hotel Bethlehem offers Room with a Boo | Lehigh Valley Regional News

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – On the ninth floor in Hotel Bethlehem at the end of the hall is room 932.

In the month of October, 932 is known as the Room with a Boo.

“The Room with a Boo is still a bit of a mystery to us. There’s no back story. We haven’t been able to figure out who it is,” said Kelly Ronalds, director of room sales and guest experience at the hotel.

The suite is available seven days a week, but every Thursday through Sunday the room gets spooktacular.

“It includes dinner for two in the Tap Room, this beautiful suite the Room with a Boo, it includes a bottle of wine, and a private tour with me on all the private behind-the-scenes places you can go that normally the public doesn’t get to go,” Ronalds said.

That private tour includes the boiler room where known friendly spirit Francis “Daddy” Thomas has been known to roam. Some say the friendly spirit has peeked over the shoulder of those looking at gauges and other things.

As for the top floor of the hotel, guests have been reporting sightings.

“She heard a knock at the door in the middle of the night and she kind of sleepily went to the door and as she went around the corner to open the door and look through the peep hole a black figure went into the guest bath,” Ronalds said.

So far ghost hunters, and guests from as far as Nebraska, haven’t been able to solve the mystery of 932. You have a chance for the rest of the month, but the hotel says not every guest is so lucky.

“Even if you book the Room with a Boo there’s no boo guarantee,” Ronalds said. “It’s a lot of fun, we’re having a good time, a spooktacular time here at the Hotel Bethlehem.”

You can find out more about Room with a Boo and other spooky events on the Hotel Bethlehem website.

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Historic Hotel Bethlehem

437 Main Street,

Local Phone: 610-625-5000
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Experience world-class service, charming guest accommodations, elegantly appointed lobby and common areas, award winning cuisine, beautiful yet efficient banquet and meeting facilities including our new 5,000 square feet Executive Conference Center. We proudly continue the tradition of Bethlehem hospitality which began on the site of our current hotel in 1741.

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