There’s nothing like a grand hotel in the city when you’re looking for a true escape from the humdrum of daily life. Here are some of our favorite urban — and urbane — selections from our Bed Check archives.
Hotel Bethlehem Leave it to a big-time steel magnate to build a fancy, big-city-style hotel in a smallish town to entertain his many important guests and clients in the manner to which they were accustomed. This Pennsylvania grande dame from the heyday of Bethlehem Steel stresses its historic background, and with good reason — it stands on the spot of the first house built in town (in 1741) and housed a speakeasy during Prohibition (check out the once-hidden door on the ground floor), and has hosted countless high-profile guests over its 90 years. The dining-room floor made of original Moravian tile is a must-see. 437 Main St., Bethlehem, Pa. 610-625-5000. www.hotelbethlehem.com. Rooms from $139.Zofia Smardz/The Washington Post
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