Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Size: 550 guest rooms
Meeting Space: Space for more than 1,000 guests
Access: Located 15 minutes from Lehigh Valley International Airport
On land that once belonged to the illustrious Bethlehem Steel Works empire, the Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino and Hotel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, first broke ground in 2007 and quickly grew into a gathering place for groups once it began hosting meetings in 2011. Affordable bus fares brought in travelers from New York City in just 90 minutes, and drivers from Philadelphia spent 60 minutes in the car before arriving at the casino floor.
This hotel and casino has blossomed over the years. In 2022, the steely hotel is preparing for a golden future with an expansion project that will more than double the meeting space now offered throughout the property. Despite the renovations, the Wind Creek Bethlehem remains open during the expansion project as it continues to host meetings, events and celebrations for guests and groups.
Along with more than 35,000 additional square feet of meeting space, the project will add three ballrooms, new guest rooms inside a new hotel tower, a high-end lobby bar, custom art installations, spacious new pool areas and even a new spa. Once the project is complete, the property will boast more than 550 hotel rooms and more than 60,000 square feet of combined meeting space.
Guests of the hotel will continue to have access to the gaming options at the connected casino, as well as easy access to the shopping at the Outlets at Wind Creek. There’s no need to research dining around town, as the Wind Creek Bethlehem is home to some of the best restaurants in the city. Fast casual concepts, an upscale buffet and even an Asian fusion restaurant are on-site to welcome guests of all ages, but at chef Emeril Lagasse’s two on-site restaurants, reservations are always recommended.
There’s something for everyone in the group to enjoy at Wind Creek Bethlehem, so whether plans are for a concert, a meeting, a reunion or even just a weekend out for the group, having fun is a sure bet.
At present, Wind Creek Bethlehem has 26,000 square feet of meeting space — great for hosting corporate events, trade shows and intimate gatherings. Groups of all sizes can find a space that fits their agenda, whether it’s the Wind Creek Event Center for up to 600 guests or the board meeting-friendly Northampton Room for up to 75 guests. In fall 2022, Wind Creek Bethlehem will debut its Tower 2 expansion, which will feature 35,000 square feet of additional meeting/events space. Once complete, the integrated resort will boast 60,000 square feet of combined meeting space, including three new ballrooms for larger events, the largest of which is a 21,160-square-foot ballroom.
From grab-and-go snacks to upscale plated entrees, the catering options at Wind Creek Bethlehem are designed to please every palate. Breakfast buffets kick meetings off with a healthy start — or a hearty start when they begin with brioche French toast — and coffee breaks and themed snacks keep the momentum going throughout the day. Boxed lunches are filled with gourmet options like roasted beef sandwiches on fresh ciabatta rolls with creamy horseradish, or garden-fresh salads with garbanzo beans and grilled chicken on a bed of tender greens. Passed hors d’oeuvres and lavish dinner buffets are always a hit, but the hotel’s plated dinner is the best chance to sample local Amish chicken breast with wild mushrooms. Alcohol is allowed.
Meeting groups at the Wind Creek Bethlehem can experience the resort’s premium meeting space, as well as gaming, signature dining, a spa, shopping at the Outlets at Wind Creek and endless on-site entertainment. For guests looking to stay connected during their time on-property, Wi-Fi is available for attendees throughout the guest rooms and meeting spaces. Planning a successful event is a team effort, and the resort’s dedicated audiovisual and meeting planning teams are always on hand to ensure meetings are executed well from start to finish.
Before and After
Wind Creek Bethlehem is a true integrated resort that affords meeting planners and their guests conveniences and luxuries that extend beyond an event’s itinerary. Guests don’t have to leave the resort to experience A-list concerts, vibrant nightlife, casino games or even family-friendly arcade games. Off-site, summer visitors can take to the Lehigh or Delaware rivers for paddling adventures or hike portions of the Appalachian Trail. During winter, the town of Bethlehem shines brightly with its annual German Christmas market. Self-guided tours of the region’s covered bridges or log cabins are offered by Discover Lehigh Valley.