Hotel Bethlehem General Manager Dennis Costello was honored at The Historic Hotels of America 2013 Annual Awards on November 21 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee as its Historic Hotelier of the Year.
“To say this is an honor is an understatement. I’m floored!,” said Costello. “I knew I’d been nominated along with many other great hoteliers but I had no idea I would win. This is akin to being chosen Baseball Manager of the Year! But I know I could have never received this honor without a fantastic team and strong, supportive hotel owners. The passion and professionalism of our staff and ownership is reflected in this award.” Costello has been the hotel’s general manager since 2005.
Awards were presented to an audience of hotel owners, senior management, invited media, industry leaders, and representatives from historic hotels across America. Candidates were nominated by fellow members, past award recipients, and honorees. Award winners were chosen by the Historic Hotels of America selection committee.
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America has more than 244 historic hotels that include luminaries such as The Waldorf Astoria, The Hershey Hotel and The Williamsburg Inn. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. www.HistoricHotels.org
Costello was also honored in October by the region’s designated destination marketing organization, Discover Lehigh Valley, for his past two years as chairman of its board of directors, on which he will continue to serve as a member.
The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located in Bethlehem, Pa., in the heart of Bethlehem’s nationally registered historic district. The Hotel is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America. Experience world-class service, charming guest accommodations and award-winning cuisine, all on a site that has been warmly welcoming guests since 1741. Visit www.HotelBethlehem.com for more information.