The Historic Benner Mansion

25 S 15th St , Allentown, PA 18102 USA (Show map)
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The Historic Benner Mansion is here to provide you with historic, luxurious and friendly accommodations, the first and still only Bed and Breakfast in the Historic Center City of Allentown. An architectural treasure, this Jacobean Italian Renaissance features mahogany paneling, a soaring staircase and lion motifs in the expansive Rococo plaster living room ceiling, radiators and window seat claw foot legs. Exceptionally well located for access to a broad array of amenities, it is also a great location for day trips to NYC and Philadelphia.

Reviews

Overall
4.7

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

Excellent

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.


The BEST!

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.


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Rooms & Rates

The Captain Benner Suite

Two Bedrooms: One huge bedroom, one petite bedroom, a sofa futon and a very large bathroom. The room can accommodate up to six guests. $150.00 per night This expansive third floor private retreat comes with two bedrooms – one huge and one petite, each with new premium queen-size mattresses, a huge bathroom with old fashioned clawfoot tub and shower, flat-screen TVs with full complimentary cable channels, huge imported wicker chair seating area, and complimentary wireless. There is also a sofa futon that sleeps two, with the futon the room can sleep six. The room is replete with historic items belonging to Captain Nolan P. Benner’s family that were donated by their descendants to The Historic Benner Mansion.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

The Coco Benner Atlier

Spacious bedroom, private foyer and original 1914 bathroom with shower/bath. Featuring gorgeous historic detailing and original items of Coco Benner, Captain Benner's daughter.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

The General Trexler Quarters

Spacious Bedroom, Dressing Room and Bathroom. $125.00 per night. This second floor, spacious room has a queen-sized four-poster bed with new premium mattress, a wall of bookcases filled with relaxing reading material, dresser and desk, dressing room with huge closet, large bathroom with bath and shower, flat-screen television with complimentary full cable, complimentary wireless Internet and more! The room is replete with historic items belonging to Captain Nolan P. Benner’s family that were donated by their descendants to The Historic Benner Mansion

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

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Location

Location Type

Airport, Downtown, Urban

Airport

Allentown, PA (LVI-Lehigh Valley International) 7.1 miles miles

Directions to property:

For fastest route, take Airport Road cross over Union Blvd and continue until Airport Road becomes Irving Street. Take a right turn on Irving Street onto Hanover Ave which becomes E. Hamilton Street and then W. Walnut Street. Follow W. Walnut Street west to 15th Street then make a left and we are the third property on the right (large brick mansion), make a right hand turn onto side street and pull into our on-site parking lot. Walk to our front castle doors - where we will personally check you in and greet you!

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, One of finest park systems in nation, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Sports venue, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Fridge, Microwave, Parking, Piano, Wedding Facilities , Concierge Services

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk, Electric vehicle charging, Ironing Board, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Walk to mass transit, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Reading and relaxation

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Policies

  • Check In:: Flexible
  • Check Out:: 1:00 pm
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: Stays paid in full upon reservation
  • Cancellations: Charges for your stay are billed to your credit card at the time of reservation with a 24-hour cancellation policy.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Siobhan "Sam" Bennett

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

NONE

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Meals

Breakfast

Hot and cold buffet

  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian All food offerings are Kosher and we have gluten-free options also.


Signature Dish

Lancaster Bacon and Historic Benner Mansion Scrambled Eggs
We always get rave reviews on our weekend bacon and egg service. Lancaster bacon is terrific and we make "Julia Child" style scrambled eggs - creamy, rich and delicious!


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