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“Nice clean, basic room with courtliest staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1357 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801   |  
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Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in State College
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“Nice clean, basic room with courtliest staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Stayed twice in last six months for collage visit. Nice basic room. Needs better pillows . Staff was helpful with our stay. Breakfast was not bad. I wish they had more healthy choices like egg whites or yogurt cups.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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D S, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write a review of the hotel. Thank you for your suggestions concerning our free "Be Our Guest Breakfast".
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New Jersey, US
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

The room is very clean. With sofa bed, refrigerator, and micro wave definitely a plus. The hotel offers free breakfast with many varieties. It also provides hot coffee and cold lemonade in the lobby all day long.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write a review of our hotel. We are happy to see you enjoyed your stay, and hope to see you back again soon.
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York, Pennsylvania
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82 reviews 82 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

While touring the area we went through the small town that houses Penn State University. It was lovely as was the college, but we were relieved when we arrived at our hotel less than two miles away. Away from the maddening crowd of the university town, we were delighted to have a great experience at this Country Inn. Fine service, comfortable bedding, very clean, helpful staff, good free breakfast... This stop is good for travelers passing through the Alleghenies as well as college family and friends who want a restful night just far enough away from the crowds that can overwhelm a college community. Country Inn & Suites is our new go-to chain for traveling and this particular gem met all our needs. Kudos to a great staff and hotel. Lobby fruit, cookies, beverages were also a nice addition.

Room Tip: Higher floors are quieter.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write a review of the hotel. Next time you stay with us, please ask for directions to The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. It is located just behind the hotel. You can drive or walk. Very relaxing.
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I traveled with my Mother and three daughters from Indiana to State College, Pa. After having a very difficult time finding our way through Sate College (PSU campus), I called Country Inn and Suites for directions. Craig was very, very helpful in getting a very frustrated driver to the hotel without further turnarounds. We ended up arriving later than planned and were elated to find out that the pool was open until midnight and girls would still be able to swim. The room and bathroom were very clean, shower very nice, and hot breakfast was very good with large variety of foods to chose from, including fresh cut fruit. Craig and Nicky, night reception, were amazing, and Amanda, morning reception/check out, was equally as friendly. Very nice stay. One small complaint would be WiFi connectivity on Friday morning. The hotel was very busy, so a slow connection is understood, but there were times when no connectivity was possible. Overall, an excellent stay for a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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D S, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Thanks for writing a review of our hotel. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay. I will let Craig Nicky and Amanda know that you mentioned them by name. All 3 are true assets to our team. I will talk to our IT department about your issue with the internet. Hope to see you back again soon.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Great hotel for overnight stay at State College. I will be sure to stay there again. The hot Breakfast, included, was delicious. The hotel is immaculately clean. Especially nice touch were complimentary horsd'oeuvres on arrival , complimentary cookies in the cookie jar, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Convenient location to the university, as well as many restaurants. I am so glad I found this gem!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Thanks for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the evening reception. I hope to see you again in the near future.
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

I went for a family wedding. I got a warm reception from the staff at the desk. It was a very nice room, a little strong on fragrance in the air when I walked in. They had coffee available 24-7 along with fruit and cookies in the afternoon. Between 5-7 in the evening they had a small but nice selection of appetizers and a nice library to peruse. The fitness room's temperature was too high (75) and I couldn't figure out how to turn it down and it would have been a bit better with some free weights but there were four different aerobics machine as well as a single weight machine. I was happy with the breakfast in the morning. For the price it was much nicer than I expected and I would be happy to go there again.

Room Tip: My room was at the end on the second floor and was quiet. I suspect all the rooms are equally as go...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is the second time we have stayed at this hotel in the past year, and it continues to exceed my expectations. First of all, the price for our room was priced over $50 lower than the price the same weekend last year... but the quality has not dropped one bit!

From the moment we checked in, we were greeted with friendly smiles from the staff. Warm cookies, fruit, and coffee await in the lobby. Our room was immaculately clean and comfortable. The king-size bed was very comfortable, and we were well-rested the following morning.

For hotel amenities, we used the indoor hotel pool. However, the water temperature of the pool was much too cool to be refreshing, and we quickly returned to the whirlpool in our room. My only other issue was that the hotel's wireless internet was much slower than hi-speed internet at other hotels, although there was a dramatic improvement over the "dial-up like" speed of the internet my first stay a year ago. If you must use the internet, I would suggest you use the hard-wired connections in the hotel's business center.

The breakfast is simply amazing, even for Country Inn and Suites. Choices included scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits/gravy, waffles, yogurts, cereals, fruit and pastries. Nobody should ever have to walk away hungry from that breakfast!

We also took advantage of the small manager's reception in the evening. One evening it consisted of burritos with all of the toppings, and our second evening it was a small and simple potato bar with toppings. Do not count on this reception as a meal, but it is something nice to be able to sit down at a table and munch.

This Country Inn and Suites is definitely my favorite hotel so far in the State College area, and I will return to this many times over with these continued levels of service!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Thanks for your review of our hotel. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We just started our evening receptions and are happy to hear you were pleased. See you soon.
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Address: 1357 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > State College
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in State College
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson 2.5*
Number of rooms: 113
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Country Inn and Suites in State College is the area's newest lodging property, that offers 113 clean, comfortable and consistant accommodations with a touch of home! The hotel features a complimentary hot breakfast, indoor pool and spa, fitness room, and meeting room. We're located just minutes from the Penn State Campus, on College Avenue/Route 26 at the US 322 Intersection. Come be our guest at the Country Inn and Suites! ... more   less 
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