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“An exceptionally clean and cozy older hotel off the beaten path.” 4 of 5 stars
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Relax Inn Altoona
Ranked #12 of 12 Hotels in Altoona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“An exceptionally clean and cozy older hotel off the beaten path.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

As soon as we crossed the Pennsylvania border, hotels prices jumped dramatically, and this is the only motel we could find for under $50. I don't mind vintage charm, not in the least, and a break from generic chain hotels was quite welcome. The room, while dated, was far cleaner than any of the corporate chain hotels in which we've stayed along our route, down to a "sanitized for your protection" seal around the toilet. The TV worked. The Internet worked. The staff (owners?) were friendly and helpful. I didn't have to walk some labyrinthine path back to the car. I sincerely enjoyed my stay at the Relax Inn and did not need to imagine everything was brand spanking new to do so.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Bigbearmountain
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Erie, PA
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The positives:
The room was clean and comfortable. If you're just looking for a place to sleep, and won't be spending any time at the hotel, this is the place for you. The bedding was clean and the mattress was comfortable. The bathroom was also clean and stocked with sample packs of toothpaste, shampoo, etc... I also loved the tile work in the bathroom. There is also a bar on the property.

The negatives:
The drapes were hanging loose and shredded. There was a giant stain on the floor. The fan cover in the bathroom was missing (which is fine since the fan didn't work). The walls needed painted. The patio outside my room was scraped bare and chipping concrete. The one window was open slightly, with no crank to close it. There was absolutely NO cell signal and the WiFi does not reach the rooms. The room is also a good 10 minute drive from Altoona.

Knowing what I know now I would still stay again, but not for what I paid. If I were to set a value on the room I would say it is a solid $40 room.

Room Tip: I stayed in a non-smoking room. I shudder to think how stained the smoking rooms are. Also, the room...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 Thank NCMaynard
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Virginia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2009

This hotel is horrible. As we arrived, my son-in-law, the police officer said "I'm glad I brought my gun". Someone else in the car started humming the tune to "Deliverance". What a shame, I was really hoping for a place that would put us 10 miles closer to State College during football games.....but this isn't it. The beds are warped, the no-smoking rooms reak of smoke. They don't provide a blow-dryer. No maid service for our two night stay. Stained sheets! I will be contacting Knights Inn suggesting they dump this dump! Folks, don't waste your time or money.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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5 Thank pdmissory
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matrixxx29
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2008

STAY AWAY from the discusting place. first of all they advertise a swimming pool and there is one but its empty and a hazard, they advertise free local calls but charge you for everycall. hit me with a $72.00 phone bill for calls as close as across the street to surpluce city. the maid only comes to clean about 2 times on weekdays and 1 time on weekends. you can hear everything going on in the room next to you. my wife was propositioned twice by old men that drive in and out of the lot daily. they showed us a room to see if we like it but gave us a room that was like night and day. staff are rude and unhelpfull but they will surely let you exchange your towels and change your own sheets since they maid didnt show up. they are from india as with alot of motels i have stayed at but this is by far the worst one i have ever stayed at.wouldnt recomend this place to the devil himself, spend the extra few dollars to stay somewhere else you will not forgive yourself if you stay here,

  • Liked — checking out
  • Disliked — EVERYTHING
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Value
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5 Thank matrixxx29
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Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2008

To start the website needs to be updated. It led me to believe it was closer to my destination than it actually was. Finding the place is impossible without directions from the hotel themself (no signs off the interstate). They messed up my reservations (booked a room with two beds and received a room with a king size bed). Their solution was a single rollaway bed and the rest of us could bed on the floor or we could get another room and pay only half price. I was not paying any more money for my inconvenience and I did not like paying for a room only to have my kids sleep on the floor. If we wanted that we would have camped out. Not customer friendly at all. I could over look the out dated fixtures and old bathroom, but my kids not having a bed.....not happy. No discount either for our troubles. Couldn't find any other room available and was stuck. Not a great nights stay and couldn't wait to get home. Just wanted to warn other people, they may think twice about this one!

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank prancypup
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NYC
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2008

This piece of junk hotel needs to close down. It's dirty, filthy and smells like mildew. Our toilet didn't work so the hotel staff gave us a key to another room and instructed us to only use the toilet. How tacky is that?
Also, the hotel staff is rude. They claim they don't change sheets or clean rooms on the weekend because they don't have housekeeping staff. Needless to say, they lied! They were spotted cleaning another room. I was told by the manager that I could change my own sheets if they gave me new clean ones... This place is UNSANITARY.
The continential breakfast is a tiny muffin or tiny honey bun, coffe, tea or juice. The best part is I checked for bed bugs and I thank God that they're weren't any.

  • Liked — NOTHING... HORRIBLE
  • Disliked — EVERYTHING
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank ltorr76
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Newark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2008

This is hotel is recommended to anyone, and everyone. It's location is a little isolated, but rooms are amazing. They are comfortable and really clean. If you come on a weekend make sure you eat their continental breakfast, its yummy. The service is very friendly, as well as their staff. I surely recommend this for you, if you are looking for a place in Altoona.

  • Liked — Friendly service.
  • Disliked — Location.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank dbone01470
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Property: Relax Inn Altoona
Address: 2752 E Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona, PA 16601-8927
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Altoona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 12 Hotels in Altoona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Relax Inn Altoona 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Magnuson Hotels affiliate is located near Del Grosso Waterpark, Penn State University, Canoe Creek State Park, Indian Caverns, Blue Knob Ski Resort, Beaver Stadium and the Huntingon County Fairgrounds. ... more   less 
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