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Hotel business is booming in the wake of Sandy

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 31 2012 10:02:39 PM CDT
Updated On: Nov 01 2012 09:44:57 AM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

Business has been booming for area hotels in the wake of Sandy- and if you're looking to book a room, you'd better act fast.

Power has been back on for only six hours at the Comfort Suites in Bethlehem, Lehigh County.

For some like Jessica Edris, she knew her family had to get a hotel after checking on her two year old and finding that he was sleeping uncovered and freezing after kicking the blankets off.

"I just said I can't stay awake and keep checking him," added Edris. "I was exhausted and I said we just can't do it anymore."

So Jessica, like many others around the area, booked a room to get warm, but not everyone was as lucky.

"It's almost impossible. Everything is booked. We just got lucky to find this place had an opening," said Carl McGuckin, from New Hope.

"After about 10 tries getting through the phone, finally someone answered and said we just got our power back," said Edris. "I said do you have the reservation? He said you're in, I said great we'll be right over."

Hotel workers say they reached full capacity 25 minutes after people found out power was restored here at the hotel.

Guests that were lucky enough to get a room say the next closest hotel was in Philadelphia.

"The occupancy the last couple of days we were down to maybe like 15 rooms occupied and that included some of the staff staying here. After that, we sold out completely," said hotel night auditor Thom Rowntree. "We're sold out for the next few days."

Workers say many of the reservations are from people with no power, or from others who had reservations at another hotel and that hotel lost power.

Some hotels say they may not have a vacancy until electrical workers restore power to all the homes in the Lehigh Valley.

Tip: Use online options like hotels.com to book rooms, but call the hotel right after you make the booking to make sure your room is being held.