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Carnegie Inn & Spa
3.5 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   100 Cricklewood Dr., State College, PA 16803   |  
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Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in State College
Devon, PA
1 review
“Very peaceful, great service, great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2009

I definitely recommend staying here - very nice place, great service, great breakfast. Room and bath were both large, well decorated and spotless.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    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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English first
Okemos, MI
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2008

This was our second visit to this lovely small hotel (who says it's a B&B??) and I can't imagine staying anywhere else now that one of our sons works at Penn State. It's set amid trees in a lovely hilly area called Toftrees, convenient to everything (including phenomenal shopping for foodies at Wegman's). It's very English and Scottish in feel with lovely period prints and deep colors, with Chippendale style reproduction furniture. You'll feel like you're in England or Scotland too when you see the tiny bar stocked with single malts. The room we had was very quiet (#14) and spacious, with a half-canopied king size bed, good sitting area and very large bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub. The staff was uniformly excellent: helpful, friendly, going the extra mile. The new manager, Elizabeth (aka Murgie) is charm itself and our server Svetlana was perfect. We dined there one night when we weren't with family and it's all done very European-style. First you have a drink in the 19th century-style library while you study the menu. The server brings you that evening's amuse-bouche, and you order. When your appetizer is ready, you're seated in the dining room which has great acoustics--by which I mean it's not noisy even when full. The food was excellent and the menu offers a good range of fish, fowl and meat entrees. I found staying there very romantic and relaxing, and can't wait till my next trip. There's an ownership change in the works and there might be some tinkering and updating after May 1, but what they have there is really very special already.

  • Liked — Ambience
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh PA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2008

The Carnegie House should be listed as a lovely hotel not really what you think of as a B&B. The rooms and the hotel are immaculate and lovely. You MUST have dinner there. The menus and cocktails are brought to you in the living areas, by the fire place, it is so lovely and relaxing, the food is wonderful and the service great. The room includes a full freshly cooked breakfast with linens and delightful service. Ask for a room overlooking the golf course at Toftrees, beautiful! There is no other place to stay in State College!!

  • Stayed March 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Sunnyvale, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2008

My partner and I stayed at the Carnegie House in October. The room we stayed in was large, clean, and well appointed. As another review stated, the decor is not modern but it is very nice, not cheap nor gaudy.

The Carnegie House was very quiet when we were there. We saw other couples and some families with older children (looked like they may have been touring the campus or in for an on-campus interview) but we didn't see or hear any young ones at all.

Breakfast was included with our stay and while the menu was somewhat limited, the food always came out hot and freshly prepared. Dinner in the restaurant was good with above average service for State College.

  • Liked — It was a comfortable place to stay without being pretentious.
  • Disliked — The wireless internet connectivity was poor.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Malibu, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2007

What an impeccably maintained hotel in such a charming location! I wish I took photographs because the photographs on the Carnegie House's website do not do the hotel justice. My favorite hotels tend to be more modern hotels; however you won't find any of those in State College. This traditionally decorated (but not gaudy) hotel is actually situated on the fringes of Toftrees Golf Course and has a beautiful outdoor dining area practically on the fairway. I was in State College for business and considered this hotel to be a delightful oasis. The large rooms have windows with views and lovely window seats to top it off. The best part about the hotel is the incredibly attentive staff. They make you feel as though you are family and even treat you to homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies every evening and have an endless supply of the tasty treats in the lobby (which make up for the hard beds). Look no longer because this is the best in State College.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ellicott City, MD
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2007

The Carnegie House is a lovely small inn located only 5 minutes from Penn State University (if you know the shortcut, which the very pleasant staff will tell you about). I ordinarily shy away from bed and breakfast places, but the Carnegie House is not an ordinary bed and breakfast. Each room is large and has its own large bath, and each is decorated in a different theme. I stayed in a very romantic room with a window seat, sitting area, and oversized bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower. The bed was very comfortable. The breakfast the next morning was great -- a combination of self-serve continental (breads, cereals, fruit, juice) and cooked-to-order (eggs, bacon, sausage, toast). I didn't get to eat lunch or dinner in the restaurant, but I did look at the menu and it was very appealing. The other thing I didn't get to do was to enjoy the many little sitting nooks inside and out, some overlooking a very pretty garden -- so I'll have to go back. (The only downside, which was relatively minor, is that I could on occasion hear the person in the room above me walking around. )

I would definitely recommend this place for a nice weekend away.

  • Liked — Beautiful rooms
  • Disliked — Could hear footsteps from room above
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La Jolla, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2006

I should have written this review earlier, but I was just thinking of how wonderful our 3 night stay was at the Carnegie House in October of 2005. It is a real English style Inn. There are nooks to relax and read, and enjoy the beautiful formal interior design of the public rooms. Our breakfast was included, huge and delicious, served by an enthusiastic young woman. On arrival, a distinguished looking gray haired woman at the reception was very welcoming and helpful. I believe that the owner helped us in with the suitcases. After a 40 year absence from Penn State, what a wonderful surprise to find this hotel. Treat yourself and stay here while in State College. It is a little high end on cost for State College, but what a terrific bargain for what you get compared to the rest of the world!

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 Cricklewood Dr., State College, PA 16803
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > State College
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in State College
#18 Business Hotel in State College
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Carnegie Inn & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
n the tranquil woodlands encircling State College, PA is a destination of innumerable charms – Carnegie Inn & Spa – an intimate little gem in the tradition of the finest European country manors. We invite you to experience the first AAA Four-Diamond hotel in central Pennsylvania, just the first of many distinctions setting the Inn apart as someplace truly special.Carnegie Inn & Spa is elegance personified, with a brand of hospitality and warmth long since vanished from the impersonal, chain-style hotels.But the most delightful surprise comes when you find out that we only look expensive… ... more   less 
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