We had plans to travel with our son, a Penn State grad student. We had not seen his home or the campus, so this was our time to meet him there and see the area before our trip. Being Choice Hotel members, we usually try to use our bonus points for our travel stays and this hotel fit the bill.
The outside is a "motel-ish" and can put you off a bit but our first contact in the office was Mr Patel, who I believe is the owner, and he was accommodating, conversant, very pleasant, and seemed to be quite proud of his hotel and what it offered to his guests. You sort of got more of a "mom and pop" feeling to the hotel than the big corporation vibes you get from most of them. That was appreciated. We had arrived earlier than the check-in time and were able to check in then.
Our room was one of the outside parking lot entrance rooms, and happily our room was very different from the outside of the hotel. Though there was an odd smell to our room (not too strong or particularly unpleasant, we just couldn't figure out what it was), but the room was updated, well appointed, and clean.
It is right off the highway, not quite the town proper, but very close. If you don't feel like driving for a meal there is a Domino's pizza shop just down the road that delivers to the hotel. The internet service is free and fast. The bathroom was clean and offered a blow dryer and some toiletries. There is no need to search for electrical outlets in these rooms; they are plentiful, which allows you to plug in your electronics without having to juggle unplugging other things. The room has a wall air conditioning unit, which worked quite well but the fan runs constantly, which can get a bit annoying. The room has a nice television and cable, a small microwave and a dorm-size refrigerator; both which were clean and in good condition. I have included pictures of those. The mattresses were comfortable, perhaps just a bit soft for those of you who like very firm mattresses, but not not soft enough to cause your back to ache.
The hotel offers a continental breakfast which is ... well, it's a continental breakfast in a small motel type hotel. It is nothing to write home about, but the coffee is warm, and they do offer tea bags and water for tea drinkers, and it suffices until you can fill up at the Waffle Shop or some other "must eat here" place in the area. On the morning I was there Mr Patel was again there to offer a bit of pleasant morning conversation.
All in all, it isn't the Hilton but pricewise it is definitely a place to consider. If we return, we will stay there again.
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