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The Atherton Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   125 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801
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Ranked #19 of 26 hotels in State College
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at the Atherton over the summer when visiting colleges with our HS junior. It is a very old hotel, lots of character, loved the charm. Not at all like the cookie cutter hotel/motels you find everywhere today. Rumors lounge had excellent food and service, great hot breakfast, great coffee. Parking a little tight, but a bargain...and you could... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As someone who has stayed here on multiple occasions and greatly enjoyed those stays, it was disappointing during my latest stay to see the hotel not live up to what I have been accustomed to with the Atherton. The room I stayed in, the phone to the front office did not work, which was a problem when we tried to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Instead of driving another 3 hours home, we decided to stay in state college and we chose this hotel. It was a nicer place, convenient location, and the staff was very helpful. We Will be staying again.

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Steelton, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was tasked with planning a meeting at the Atherton Hotel without ever having been there. All arrangements were worked out over the phone. The sales staff was so easy to work with and I was pleasently suprised when we arrived for the meeting and everything exceded out expectations. The banquet manager worked with us to make sure everything was... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Atherton Hotel exceed our group's expectations. The staff was friendly and accomodating. It was a pleasure to work with them regarding our stay. We were able to have early check-in, which was without incident. We used the Regency Ballroom and the Vanderbilt Room for our meeting space. Both rooms provided us comfortable seating arrangements. The guest rooms were nicely... More

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Derwood, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly suggest staying at The Atherton for the true Penn State experience. Take advantage of the parking, its a steal in comparison to the parking garages in town. This hotel is one of the few in the Heart of Downtown State College.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first time staying at the Atherton Hotel in State College. Previously, we always stayed at the Days Inn. I will definitely stay at the Atherton again! Large, comfortable rooms and VERY clean. Staff was welcoming and helpful. We had beverages and food at Rumors Lounge and service and food were excellent. The location is excellent and you... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff was very accomodating, especially since we had over 100 people in our party. Check-in and check-out were smooth and without incident and everyone working at the Atherton was so kind. They allowed us to check in early which was a huge help. The hotel decor is elegant and the rooms were classy, clean and spacious. It was also... More

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good hotel and staff. Best location to downtown State College, very convenient. Would be my first choice for my next stay there. Hotel has free access to Penn State's outdoor and indoor pools. Clean room.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have stayed at the Atherton the last 5 years for the arts festival in July. The hotel is GREAT, location is perfect for anything you want to do while you are there and the staff is excellent. They are always there to help in any way they can. The only drawback to the hotel is the lack of WiFi... More

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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing The Atherton Hotel and for sharing your insight. I am sorry for any inconvenience that you experienced with our wi-fi. We have recently contracted with a new provider to correct and improve our free to guest internet service. Thank you again for your business and we will hope to have the opportunity to serve you again... More

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Address: 125 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > State College
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Atherton Hotel 3*
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150 room full service hotel in the heart of downtown State College, PA. One block from Penn State University. Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, restaurant, bar, room service, excellent location. ... more   less 
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