The Historic Benner Mansion Reviews


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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.3

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5 on May 11, 2018

The Mansion and its history is really outstanding & Sam is the kindest host I ever had (thumbs up!!!) believe me, cause I have travelled a lot

Home away from home

5 on April 26, 2018

We initially stayed at the Benner Mansion because of its proximity to the pool where our son has competitions, which is walking distance. We never thought we would feel like we have a second home in Allentown, or that we would gain lifelong friends in Siobhan and Martin. The breakfasts were perfect nutrition for a swimmer, as were the plethora of healthy snacks that were available. When the swim meets ran late, Siobhan had no problem letting us keep the keys until the evening. We made sure not to tell any of the other swim parents about Benner, because we wanted to make we had it booked for ourselves every time there is a meet!

Luxurious Getaway in Historical City B&B

5 on April 24, 2018

My daughters and I spent the most beautiful weekend away at the Historic Benner Mansion. Innkeeper, Siobahn, couldn’t be more accommodating. From check in to breakfasts to never-ending snacks and drinks to a wealth of knowledge. Our rooms were divine and we all slept soundly and peacefully. We were warm and comfy. Spoilt luxury every second. We went to an event in the POL Centre just 8 blocks away. Every commododity was at our fingertips. Parking was easy and never a problem. Hot showers, lots of light. I can’t rave enough about the Historic Benner Mansion! Thank you Siobahn!

We had an exceptional stay at the Historic Benner Mansion

4.8 on April 18, 2018

Sam was welcoming, attentive and considerate of our needs. We had to stay in town for a few extra hours and Sam extended our our stay with no problem. She's generous and always agreeable. I wish everyone was like that. In addition, the dining area in well-stocked and Sam cooks eggs, etc., on weekends.. We will definitely be coming back to this B&B in the future! David B. and Sasha S.


5 on April 17, 2018

Sam is a loving, caring person and it shows in her care for her guests. My daughter and I had a fantastic visit to Allentown and part of the reason was due to Sam's hospitality. There's not one unkind bone in her body. So, don't be hesitant about making reservations at this historical property.

Airbnb not bnb

1.8 on April 10, 2018

At no time in our 2 and a half day stay did a person greet us, check us in or out or see how we were doing. The “innkeeper” came in twice, did not greet us, unlocked the kitchen door and locked himself in. When I knocked on the door to try to meet him I was told, this is Sam’s thing and I have nothing to do with it, did you text her she’s away this weekend. I’m not even supposed to be here I’m usually at work. When I said he could at least greet me and my family he repeated the same comment. There was no prepared breakfast. There were sugary cereals in a drawer along with granola bars and candy bars. There was a bag of bread. There was no fresh fruit, cheese, baked goods or the promised famed “Julia Child scrambled eggs.” When we complained via text, there was a dish of hard boiled eggs on a table the next day but no Innkeeper to go with it. There was milk and orange juice, coffee and tea bags. We all had tea multiple times but with no access to a kitchen we were forced to leave the cups and spoons on a table. In the entire time we were there the garbage was not taken out. There were ants each morning near the bag of bread. There were 2 ants the first day in my bed. AFTER we were home Sam called to “apologize” for our treatment. She offered us our money back but I explained that that was not important to me. What was important is that we were not treated like people staying in a warm welcoming B and B. She spent most of a long phone call telling me how “lovingly” she had restored the mansion, how much it meant to her and how nice her husband, her co-innkeeper, usually is and how he is admired in the community. My concern is that other people, like our family of 4, who like to go to b and bs and not air BnBs for the relationships and the intimacy understand that they may not get what is advertised.

Innkeeper Response
We are heartbroken that Dr Amy was disappointed. We very much look forward to the possibility of a “redo” courtesy of The Historic Benner Mansion. With 1600 guests from 38 states and 13 countries - our goal is to share this wonderful architectural treasure with as many lovers of history and architecture as we can. When we purchased her in 1999, she was boarded up and abandoned with barely any working plumbing or electricity and her gorgeous Italiante front veranda falling off. After raising our family at the mansion, our children walking to elementary, middle and high school from the mansion each day - in our vibrant bustling urban neighborhood in the heart of our city - with State Senators’ home’s behind us and across the street. It’s now a joy to share our family’s restoration with others. We’ve apologized to Amy on the phone for her disappointment - completely breaks our heart that she was so disappointed - and look forward, if she will allow us to repair damage done - with a future stay courtesy of us.

- Siobhan “Sam” Bennett (Restorer & Owner Innkeeper )

Sam is awesome

5 on February 02, 2018

We absolutely loved our stay at The Historic Benner Mansion! Sam (innkeeper) was lovely and so knowledge about the history and area. The mansion is gorgeous and pretty close to downtown. Sam also had out snacks like granola bars and little chocolates during non-breakfast hours which was really nice. If you are looking for somewhere to stay in the Allentown area- definitely stay here. We thought it was great!

Everything we were hoping for!

5 on January 16, 2018

We had a fantastic stay at the Benner Mansion. It was one of the coldest nights of the year but our gorgeous room was warm and cozy. The details were breathtaking. We wish we could have stayed longer! Sam and her team are the best!

The place to stay IN Allentown PA

5 on January 16, 2018

My wife and I really enjoyed our stay at the Benner Manor. This was our second stay there and we have already booked our third. The building is beautiful and the owners are a pleasure to talk with. Highly recommend the staying at the Benner Mansion. Bill B

The place to stay in Allentown PA

5 on January 03, 2018

Wife and I stayed for 2 nights at the Benner Mansion. This was our second visit to the Benner Mansion B&B and we enjoyed it as much as we did our initial visit. The Mansion is charming and the owners are accommodating and very knowledgeable about the area. We have already booked our third stay at the Benner Mansion. Bill B.

A gracious host and a lovely place to stay.

5 on December 31, 2017

Siobhan (a.k.a. Sam) has always been extremely accommodating and considerate of our needs. The Benner Mansion is a lovely place to stay.

Warm, welcoming and exceeds expectaions

5 on December 28, 2017

We recently stayed at the Historic Benner Mansion in Allentown. Our host led us through the home, explaining the history of the home. She showed us original pieces owned by the family and donated back to the home by the heirs of the original owners. It was like we stepped back in time and were connected to the original owners. Siobhan has an obvious passion for recreating the magnificent aura of the original mansion as is emulated when you walk through each room. I would love to stay there again and again. A jewel of Allentown, preserved and marked in time. Thank you, Sam!

Wonderful stay!

4.8 on December 06, 2017

Sam was exceedingly gracious, as always. It turned out we had to stay longer in Allentown and Sam allowed us to stay as long as we had to. Wonderful stay!

Superb Accommodations in Allentown

5 on December 04, 2017

On a first visit to Allentown, we were fortunate to book a weekend stay at The Historic Brenner Mansion. We were treated to some insight as to the history of this town on the move, and were afforded the most comfortable accommodations provided by even more accommodating hosts. We are now part of the family and can't wait to return.

First time stay

4.4 on October 03, 2017

We stayed for the first time at the Historic Benner due to its close proximity to our daughter and reviews we read. It worked wonderfully. The place is beautiful and the owner-Sam- is really nice and easily accessible. Her knowledge of the mansion's history is wonderful!

Arrive as a stranger, greeted like a guest

4.8 on August 28, 2017

Stayed for 1 night on our US tour. Was warmly greeted by Sam who gave us a wonderful history of the house. Our room was magnificent - more like a guest suite rather than a B&B/hotel room - a large, comfy bed, armchairs, TV, a wall filled with books, excellent bathroom with toiletries/hairdryer/fluffy (and large) towels. The dining area is well stocked with a fridge, tea/coffee maker, cereals and nibbles available 24 hours and the breakfast was well cooked, tasty and plentiful. The free WiFi was also strong. This was our last stop on the way to JFK and home, booked solely for it's location, and it was a shame we didn't have long enough to explore Allentown itself, as Sam's enthusiam and obvious love for the place was infectious. We'll no doubt be passing this way when we 'do' the top/middle states, so you'll be seeing us again! Best Wishes Carol & Dave, Sheffield, UK

Great B&B

4.0 on August 14, 2017

Great service and very cool restored inn. We loved this historic mansion and enjoyed the nice breakfast and the spacious room

Great Stay

5 on August 10, 2017

While in Allentown for an event, we stayed at the Historic Benner Mansion. Beautiful and quiet inn with great innkeepers and guests. Have stayed here several times. Consistently fabulous!

Lovely stay

5 on August 09, 2017

Love this place. The hosts are very welcoming and available. Looking forward our next visit.

What a Bed and Breakfast Should Be

5 on August 06, 2017

This is exactly what we were looking for. The owners were wonderful! We were greeted with a tour of the house and interesting facts about the mansion and the history of the area. They contacted us before our arrival to see if we needed any thing. The rooms were clean and the beds super comfortable. The rooms were air conditioned by free standing units which took away from the historic feel of the room but in over the 90 degree heat we were grateful. We have a 12 year old. Her adorable room was right next door. Rooms share one large bathroom with a large clawfoot tub. They even had a special treat, a Harry Potter reading room under the stairs! We were very thankful for the advise on things to do and see in the area and enjoyed all of them. We would definitely recommend a stay.

Beautiful home, wonderful owners

4.4 on August 05, 2017

We enjoyed our stay very much. Only (slightly) downside was not having a hot breakfast. It was a selfserve breakfast. While fine options, I've never been to a B&B were we weren't served breakfast.

Great service and location!

5 on August 02, 2017

Wonderful inn keepers and cool old mansion. So clean and comfortable

Historic charm, gracious hospitality

5 on July 10, 2017

Innkeeper Siobhan (Sam) was very helpful and hospitable. She and her husband lovingly restored the beautiful Benner Mansion, and she gave us a quick personal tour upon checkin, as well as showing us amenities, etc. Our spacious room was romantic and bed super comfortable. WI-fi, plenty of towels and books added to our comfort.

Loved our stay

5 on July 02, 2017

We loved our stay at the Benner Mansion. The home is stunning and the inkeepers are wonderful. Great central location as well.

Lovely stay in Allentown

4.6 on June 29, 2017

Amazing little bed and breakfast in Allentown. Literally three only complaint was that they didn't have ice in the freezer...other than that, Sam was extremely responsive and we always felt attended to without feeling overwhelmed with attention

High expectations not met.

3.0 on June 20, 2017

Excellent location with good parking on site. The room was very spacious and comfortable with television and sitting area. Bathroom was very spacious and clean. Water temperature fluctuated in the shower from hot to cold and back. Breakfast on Sunday was good and hot. Monday was only serve your self which was disapointing. Wine was appreciated on Sunday night.

Beautiful place, highly recommended, great hospitality, Great location !!

5 on June 19, 2017

Awesome Place, the owners are great peoples !!, the atmosfhere is beautiful.


4.8 on June 16, 2017

The rooms we stayed in were spacious and clean! The innkeeper Sam was so sweet and helpful through the entire booking process and stay! The food provided was very good and always stocked up! I recommend this to a couple or family trying to escape for a vacation it was superb!

B&B in a Mansion

5 on June 12, 2017

The Mansion was elegant and comfortable at the same time. The timeless furniture was exquisite. We marbled at the detail everywhere we looked from the ceilings to the floors. The restoration of this place was amazing. Everything we needed was availible any time and placed out with so much care and thoughtfulness. The owners or innkeepers were so hospitable and friendly. My room had everything I could ask for. I would definetly stay there again.

A Wonderful Place to Stay

5 on February 26, 2017

We just had the most fantastic weekend in Allentown. Sam Bennett and her family could not be more accommodating. The house is magnificent, the room so cozy. They even made our dog feel like a king. Thank you so much Sam, Martin and David, we will be back!

Highly Recommended

4.8 on January 15, 2017

Sam Bennett, the Inn Keeper, is an absolute Joy! Incredibly personable and accommodating. We were greeted at the front door, given a tour and learned the history behind the Historic Benner Mansion. Anything we asked for, was provided. 24/7 coffee and snacks were available. We would absolutely recommend anyone needing a place to stay in Allentown to check into the Benner Mansion!


5 on October 18, 2016

Sam is the best! She is so accommodating, warm, friendly, etc. The house is amazing. Don't go for the gardens, there are none, but the mansion is a jewel. You can "dine" on many, many choices in the dining room 24/7 - if you want chocolate, or a bagel, or a yogurt in the middle of the night - go for it. Coffee and tea as also available 24/7. I can't say enough about the owner - down to earth, friendly - loves people! Thank you, Sam, for a great stay!

Loved it.

5 on August 19, 2016

We loved our stay here. Mansion is tucked into Allentown. Helpful and respectful hosts.


5 on July 25, 2016

It was a great fun filled weekend at the Benner Mansion. Sam was so welcoming and helpful, available all the time. The rooms were very beautiful decorated with antique furniture. Would plan another visit for sure!!!

Better than good!

4.8 on November 17, 2015

From the moment you are greeted at the door, you realize the Historic Benner Mansion is special. The welcome, hospitality and warmth make you feel like you are staying with family. The 24/7 food buffet and accommodations are fantastic. Sam simply does an outstanding job. Joan and Don

A welcome retreat

4.0 on October 20, 2015

A friend and I stayed at the Historic Benner Mansion while in town for a friend's memorial. It was a perfect retreat from the emotional turmoil of the event. Our host, Siobhan, made us feel welcome and recommended some lovely walks. The living room is a perfect place for quiet reading in the morning and setting up a computer and getting some work done. We appreciated the laid back breakfast time with healthy choices. We enjoyed our visit so much we are planning a return visit in happier circumstances.

Nice stay in very spacious rooms!!

4.8 on October 17, 2015

We had a wonderful stay in the Benner Mansion house in Allentown. The rooms are very spacious and the breakfast was extensive with all kinds of American sweets. A nice stay with enough privacy.

A home away from home!

5 on June 09, 2015

My wife and I found the Benner in 2013 looking for a hotel to stay at while visting the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. We are not big on corporate American hotels and big franchises, so we try to find Bed & Breakfasts or independent owned hotels to stay at as much as possible. Over the last few years we've been staying at a lot of older mansions throughout the Northeast and we found The Benner. I would say we are the luckiest people to find this place but I think they probably treat everyone just as great! From the moment you drive up you see this beautiful, enormous mansion in the middle of Allentown, only to be more impressed with the decor of the house itself. It has all the warmth of a historic, Victorian home yet has all the modern toys we need (new TV, satellite and an awesome bathroom). Another great reason we love it is because it's snack in the middle of all 9 of the Legigh Valley Vineyards, so commuting to them were easy. But what tops it off for us are the owners. Sam and Martin treat you like family visiting from out of state. You wake up in the morning to the smell of bacon and eggs and fresh coffee. And go to bed with, in our most recent trip, a freshly baked chocolate chip pie with a fridge full of milk. This past weekend we visited again but this time my parents came up for a night. Sam spent 40 minutes on the phone with my father giving him turn by turn directions just to make him feel comfortable. The only way to describe a The Benner is truly a home away from home!!! We CANNOT wait for our next trip out there!

Benner Mansion, Our Allentown Home

5 on August 16, 2014

My wife, daughter, and I have stayed at Benner Mansion 2-3 times a year over the last 3 years. We came to know of it when our daughter first considered Muhlenberg College, which she now attends. Sam has a wealth of experience about Muhlenberg and other nearby colleges, the history and architectural styles of Allentown, the places to see, and where to eat. She, her husband Martin, and son David could not be more accommodating and interesting. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and the living room so lovely, especially at Christmas.

Like visiting with an old friend!

5 on August 10, 2014

From my initial phone call to the second that I walked out of those beautiful front doors for the last time, I was at home. The Benner Mansion is a wonderful B&B full of history, old world elegance and charm - but that isn't why I'm writing this review. The essence of this Allentown getaway lies with it's owner Sam, she is the heart of the establishment and the secret ingredient that made our time in the home so comfortable and inviting. Wonderful B&B, terrific people... The Benner Mansion is exactly what you are looking for, don't hesitate!

Gorgeous historic B&B

4.4 on July 17, 2014

The Benner Mansion is an incredibly beautiful home. Bobbie has done a magnificent job restoring it. We stayed in the Trexler Room, which was lovely and comfortable. The neighborhood was quiet and our stay restful. Breakfast is DIY with yogurt, packaged oatmeal, Keurig coffee, tea etc.

A Delightful Stay

4.8 on July 02, 2014

We needed to stay in the Allentown area for a family reunion and typically choose B&B when ever possible. This is one place you don't want to pass up. A wonderfully restored home with large rooms appropriately decorated. Located just blocks from historic downtown with many charming homes, nearby parks and off street parking. The innkeepers bent over backwards to accommodate our needs. The self serve breakfast bar allowed us to come and go as needed without a bother to the hosts. Sam is passionate about old house restoration and it shows in a job well done. A real privilege to stay in this home while in Allentown.

Delightful Allentown B&B

4.4 on June 29, 2014

We discovered the Benner Mansion B&B online when looking for a place to stay in Allentown while visiting family, and were so glad we did. The historical details and architecture of the property are very interesting, and Sam is a most accommodating innkeeper. The 24 hour breakfast/ snack bar was perfect for our needs. Our rooms were large and comfortable, and the upgrade in the vintage bathroom to provide accommodations for a shower was much appreciated.

A wonderful stay...

4.8 on June 29, 2014

at this very interesting and well-restored home in the heart of Allentown. The owners obviously have a passion for history and historic preservation. They were kind and helpful as we explored some Kleppinger and Herman family history. Thank you.

THE place to stay when in Allentown!

4.0 on June 23, 2014

My husband and I were planning our trip to Hawk Mountain to attend a wedding. When we decided against staying at a hotel chain and book something more intimate, we chose the Benner Mansion and we lucked out. The owners communicated all the information we would need before our arrival. They made sure we had directions and that we knew where to park. Once we arrived, they gave us a tour of the mansion and showed us to our room. We had a very large, warm, comfortable and welcoming room with a large bathroom and a dressing room. There was a bookcase with lots of books, a desk, a comfortable niche to watch tv. It was very clean. There was attention to the details. There even was an umbrella in the closet- which thankfully we did not need to use! I could not think of anything we may have needed that was not in our room. Breakfast and snacks were available 24 hrs. They had a variety of teas and coffee, snacks, juice. Even ice cream. The mansion is a very beautiful historic building. It is very well restored and maintained. If we ever need to stay somewhere in Allentown again, that is definitely where we would want to stay.

Perfect getaway!

4.8 on June 22, 2014

What amazing experience! I called about a same day reservation when I needed a last minute getaway. The immediate and friendly response was like no other. They were able accommodate my friend and I with just hours notice. They extended our check out time without hesitation when I explained I was looking for somewhere quiet to study. The rooms were gorgeous and clean! More than enough space if you have luggage for an extended stay. The 24 hour access to coffee, tea, breakfast foods and snacks was more than I've been offered at any hotel! Overall I felt at home and very welcome. There was more than enough privacy with assistance, if needed, a phone call away! I would highly recommend staying at the Historic Benner Mansion!

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