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The Sayre Mansion


    The Sayre Mansion
 in Bethlehem
    The Sayre Mansion
 in Bethlehem

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274 Reviews
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  • Room, staff, service, breakfast!

    by RandyW_in_VA on 2017-10-01 07:03 pm

    This is a great property, dating to 1858. It was an honor to be able to stay in a house that was built by Robert Sayre, a mover and shaker in the businesses of railroad, steel and a driving force behind Lehigh University. That said, the rooms are all unique. You book the exact room that you want (we stayed in room 25). We looked out the front of the home, with a view of south Bethlehem including the steel mill, and Main Street (Moravian and Hotel Bethlehem area). Fantastic! I've read reviews that it's noisy. True, but not bad if you ask me. Only noise from the loudest vehicles out front and some trains throughout the night. This is a city, so if you want quiet, head for the countryside! Our bed was fantastic (I think I read that all the mattresses have been recently replaced). Room was cool enough on two very warm September days (90 degrees). Bathroom was small but very nice. Parking is free and onsite, right at the end of the house. Service was great, from an offer to carry up our suitcases to getting us ice and loaning us some dishes and a knife from the kitchen. Breakfast (included) was a treat, with custom cooked omelets, pastries, coffee, tea, fruit and other options. We got to talk with several staff people to learn more about the house and Bethlehem in general. Super friendly. We plan to go back in the not too distant future.

    Owner Response
    We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Room 25. We have been told but, of course, have not been able to confirm that this room was Mr. Sayre's bedroom. Likely the floor plan was changed a bit when the mansion was converted to an inn but I like to think it may have been because it faces his little empire of the rail road and iron works. I like the sound of the trains at night - again make me think of what life was like when there were many trains - now not so many so it is a bit nostalgic.
    Thanks again for staying with us and please do come by again next time you are in the area. The holidays are a wonderful time at Sayre Mansion.

    jeanne g, Owner at The Sayre Mansion Inn, responded to this review

  • Definitely enjoyed our stay at The Mansion

    by John T C on 2017-09-25 06:54 am

    My wife and I stayed at the Sayre Mansion for one night in September. We had been there 9 years ago and while we were in a "regular room" then, this time we splurged and booked the Conservatory. This room is truly impressive! It has a sloped glass ceiling that offers you 180 degree panoramic views of the surroundings: the street, the trees, the churches, the university, the Steel Stacks, etc. The room itself is spacious and nicely decorated, as is the bathroom. The hostess and owner were both friendly, helpful and accommodating. Check in and check out were super efficient. Breakfast was a lot more than the usual coffee, cereal and muffins that some B&B's give you. We had a choice of 5 different hot items, including vegetable omelets and pumpkin pancakes with sausage. Yum!

    If you do book the Conservatory, you need to accept that you will hear outside noises from the street, the trains and the lawn mowers. Don't expect a soundproof room. There are two large water fountains in the room that may be there to mask out some of the outside noise. Honestly, neither noise really bothered us since I did expect them. [Thank you, TripAdvisor!] It just added to the charm of the room. One thing that's not charming is the price. The room costs twice as much as a "regular room". Is it worth a premium? Yes! But is it worth $300 versus $140? Many would say No. Judging from their pictures online, all the rooms are very nicely decorated; and you get the same delicious breakfast with any room.

    The Mansion is located just minutes away from the Sands Casino, Lehigh University, and the Steel Stacks (i.e., what's left of the old Bethlehem Steel plant), as well as Interstate 78. We definitely enjoyed our stay here and will certainly remember it for the next 9 years!

    Owner Response
    Please DO come back to Sayre Mansion again, and hopefully it won't take nine more years! So nice that you enjoyed the conservatory - it is really a unique space and there is a huge demand for that room, hence it's price tag. When I am in that space I love looking at the weathered copper chimney cap - it is such distinctive shape and it takes me back to the Dickens era. Just one of the view scapes up there in the tree tops. Next time you stay you might like to try room 24, it has a lovely large Gothic window and looks out over the steel stacks. We really can't thank you enough - your kind words reinforce what we do.

    jeanne g, Owner at The Sayre Mansion Inn, responded to this review

  • Great visit to Bethlehem

    by Brian T on 2017-09-21 04:20 pm

    Wifey and I spent our anniversary at the Sayre Mansion Inn. We stayed two nights in the conservatory room, which is this amazingly cozy and unique room on the top floor, with a glass ceiling! Great natural light to wake up to in the morning, and nice views at night. The room was very clean and nicely decorated, and the bathroom was updated with a nice shower and jacuzzi tub. The Inn was very nice - great breakfast options included, and a nice common room. Our room happened to be pretty separated, and it felt like we had the place to ourselves. We highly recommend the conservatory room. One complaint is some noise from the nearby road and nearby railroad tracks, which can be pretty busy. Noise isn't overwhelming, but definitely heard. Not bad at night though.

    The Inn is close to the Steel Stacks area, which was cool to tour and there was a lot of art to see. The banana factory, a collective art studio space, was also great to visit. The Inn has private parking which is helpful, and is really close to everything.

    We also went hiking about an hour away at Hawk Mountain, and wine tasting at nearby vineyards. Bethlehem was pleasantly surprising with the amount of things to do. Great restaurants and cocktail bars nearby, too.

    Owner Response
    So glad you enjoyed your stay in the conservatory. It truly is a unique space. The glass roof was originally a skylight for the Sayre library which is located on the floors below. Hope your travels will include a return visit to Bethlehem!

    jeanne g, Owner at The Sayre Mansion Inn, responded to this review

  • Not quite as nice as we had hoped. Not all their fault.

    by PhilosophicalOldGuy on 2017-08-22 09:37 am

    My wife and I spent one night at the Sayre when we came back into town for closing on the sale of our house in Center Valley. As a long-time prof at Lehigh, I had, over the years, many opportunities to have breakfast with job candidates we lodged there and had often seen the rooms in which they stayed. On this trip we stayed in room 22, which faced Route 378. Getting in and out of the Inn is a challenge when traffic is heavy and we were glad we were experienced with the area and knew how to navigate in and out during those times. Staff at the Inn were very nice and we enjoyed our interactions with them. Breakfast in the morning was good, although I found the omelet a bit rich. The extra two blueberry muffins they gave us for the road were delicious, however, and served us well later. The snacks in the beautiful sitting area were tasty and that area is wonderful. So, why an average rating? Well, the roof was leaking in the hall and we had to tell them about it so they could "put the bucket back out there." Apparently, there is a problem with the tile roof. My wife and I differ a bit about the quality of the bed. She liked it; I found it too spongy/soft. There were no real instructions on how to use the TV and it did not get particularly good reception. Since we only wanted to view news and weather, that presented little problem for us, but might well bother others. To get the room cool enough to sleep, we had to crank the room's individual air conditioning unit WAY down, something that disturbed my ecologically sensitive heart. The Inn gets points, however, for all the ecological things they appear to be doing, including putting recycling trash cans in the rooms and staying away from bottled water. The real thing with the Inn is that it just feels a bit run down and it lacks what we would term "the B&B experience." That is, one ends up with little contact with the innkeeps and gets a sense that one is staying in a historical building that has become a twisting warren of little rooms; you carry your bags upstairs and then never see anyone else. Many B&B's in which we have stayed have more of a community feel than the Sayre, and that may bother many potential guests. At $164 a night, we just thought it needed to be a bit better to be a good value.

    Owner Response
    We are so sorry to hear of your disappointment with your recent stay at Sayre Mansion. After hearing your description of your stay I feel we could have done better in explaining our situation with the roof. We discovered a leak in the slate tiled roof and contacted a roofing expert who came and spent a day repairing the roof, only to find out in the next rain that the damage was not the spot that he repaired. It has been quite an investigative journey but we do believe it has been now taken care of. We are so sorry that you or any of our guest had to experience this. Maintaining a building that dates back to 1858 is a continuous process and we are honored to care for this old Bethlehem icon.Within the past several weeks we installed new mattresses in all of our guest rooms. The mattresses are topped with feather beds. This may explain why you and your wife had differing opinions. Most of our guests are thrilled with our feather beds but perhaps they are too soft for you.
    The Sayre Mansion has more rooms that a typical bed and breakfast with 19 rooms in the main house and three suites in the adjoining carriage house. We receive many complements for our hospitality but we do understand that with this many guests we may not be as interpreted as "hands on" as many smaller venues. We do staff the inn 24 hours a day and try to serve as a concierge for our guests. We believe our amenities and general friendliness are well received. Preservation and conservation are part of our core business values.
    We will continue to do our best to insure that our guests feel they have received the perceived value of their stay by offering the quality of amenities such as fine linens and bath amenities along with house made baked goods, complementary snacks and beverages along with an interesting and varied cooked to order breakfast menu.
    Please know that we take your comments to heart and will strive even more to gain the confidence of our guests. We hope you will consider staying with us again if you return to Bethlehem.

    jeanne g, Owner at The Sayre Mansion Inn, responded to this review

  • Friendly EZ to Sands Great Breakfast Need Over Haul Update

    by todayisthebest on 2017-07-19 09:26 am

    Our first time at this B&B
    - Friendly Staff
    - EZ to Sands concert hall
    - Great Breakfast
    - Needs Over Haul Update
    - I would start updating Carpeting, walls, doors, door knobs
    - the view is of the run down closed Bethlehem steel mill


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