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Nittany Budget Motel
Ranked #19 of 26 Hotels in State College
Certificate of Excellence
Herminie, PA
Level Contributor
34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent stay all the way around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

The first thing my wife and I noticed on entering our room at the Nittany Budget Motel was that it was clean. For most people this is a concern due to general sanitation and health issues, as well as to keep from being "grossed out." In our case, this is critical as my wife has significant allergies which leave her sinuses hypersensitive to what most people would consider even the mildest odors. The only scent we could detect was that room was cleaned and then closed. The carpets, bathroom, and shower were all clean. The motel is in a great location, just a few miles from Penn State, two Wal-Marts, and various other shopping and eating establishments. However, I have to say that my wife's favorite feature is that your continental breakfast is delivered to your room via a "breakfast nook," a compartment through the wall that is accessed from both sides. The outside is accessible only by staff. The inside is accessible only by the guest. She was pleased that we didn't have to clean up, get dressed, and walk around the outside of the building to get to breakfast. Instead, breakfast and her coffee just showed up, so we were free to eat breakfast in our jammies. We had very limited interaction with the staff, but those we did see were pleasant and helpful. Also, the only noise we heard was from outside, people opening and closing car doors, staff walking by (late morning), and so on.

Our stay was overall a good one, but there were a few things about the motel that I would say are "quirky. First, the front desk/check-in area is also the checkout counter for the on-premises "bottle shop." Second, when we checked in we were given a card to fill out for the continental breakfast. I expected to receive a new card with the breakfast the next morning, but we didn't. We received the same items for breakfast the following morning, so while I'm sure we could have gotten a new one if we asked, it's not automatic. This wasn't a big deal since it's a continental breakfast and our choices were only danishes, coffee and juice. There might have been a choice for cereal but I do not recall. Third, I asked for a wake up call at 7:00am on the first morning we were here. I continuted to receive it since I didn't ask it to be turned off. Again it wasn't a problem since I was up anyway, and this may be perfectly normal as I don't often ask for wake up calls.

Again, all in all it was a great stay. We are talking about making the State College trip an annual event, and we will definitely stay here each time without question.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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ScottMcKee, General Manager at Nittany Budget Motel, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Dear Nature-Seer,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a descriptive review of your stay with us - it was certainly pleasant to read and I will be sure to share it with the staff and especially with Mary and Esther, our two room attendants responsible for the cleanliness you experienced!

I also appreciate your note of quirks, which we have become so accustomed to and are always worth a fresh look. As always, this is best provided by you, our customers.

You are correct - we do automatically repeat the breakfast order unless the guest informs us of a desired change. However, we will consider including a note in the breakfast basket to more clearly explain this and to let them know we can easily change their selections if desired.

Thank you again for your feedback and we look forward to being a part of your annual visit to State College!

Most Sincerely,

Scott McKee
General Manager
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Kimberton, Pennsylvania
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197 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

I found this place on here and liked how high it was rated despite its low price. I went up to State College for a non-football one-nighter, and I think this place is perfect for that, but I probably wouldn't stay there for more than one night honestly. The sheets on my bed looked like they were old because there were marks on them from years of use and the bed was very squeaky, making it tough to sleep. The bathroom was clean, but i do think they need to replace their toilet seats, because that had scratches and burn marks all over it. I also heard some squeaks in the walls, so it might mean mice, but I wasn't sure. Other than that, the staff was very friendly, had a complimentary breakfast delivered, and overall was generally clean, despite what I had said above.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Thank mknabster
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ScottMcKee, General Manager at Nittany Budget Motel, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Dear First Time Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your first stay with us.

Interestingly, your review is exactly the type I enjoy replying to most - constructive critique clearly demonstrates the legitimacy of the service provided by trip advisor and provides us with the most effective guidance in improving our product.

In our efforts to be "budget conscious," we sometimes wash a set of sheets one too many times, creating the threadbare appearance you noted. We have been working to cull out these clean but too worn sheets and I do apologize for this.

We replaced all of our box springs and mattresses in the last two years so we will check all of our bed frames for bent or loose fittings that may have caused the squeaking.

We will let our Ehrlich pest control technician know about your suspicion of mice - we do regular monthly preventive maintenance on our property and have not had any previous problems but always best to keep it this way!

Thank you again and we look forward to your next one night stay with us.

Sincerely,

Scott McKee
General Manager
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Shawnee On Delaware
Level Contributor
172 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

A GPS smartphone helps to find the Nittany on the south edge of State College but once you're there you'll congratulate yourself on finding the cheapest-nicest-most unique place to stay in State College. The check in desk is inside a beer case store. The arcane laws of Pennsylvania say you can only sell beer by the case, except if you are an inn or hotel, in which case you can sell individual bottles. So the NIttany Motel serves as a legitimizer for the beer store, as well as being clean, well kept up, and quiet. The best is yet to come in the morning. When you check in you will be asked what time you want breakfast delivered. Yes, delivered at no charge. Each room has a small pass- through built into the wall, protected by a lock latch. Your breakfast (coffee, bagels, danish etc) is placed in the pass-through from the outside at the appointed hour, you open from the inside and grab it. The same pass-through idea originated on Pullman overnight sleeping trains back in the first part of the 20th Century. The car porter took your shoes at night to be polished, and returned them before you woke up all clean and bright. Shoes were nice but breakfast is better. And check out the wifi password. The night we stayed it was the name of the fired and disgraced Penn State coach who was involved in the infamous sex scandal. Very imaginative idea that goes with everything about the Nittany.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank RobertitoL
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ScottMcKee, General Manager at Nittany Budget Motel, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Dear RobertitoL,

Thank you for the complimentary review AND for the historical background on our breakfast service portal - as I so often say, "learn something new every day!"

It sounds like you have found your "home away from home," when visiting the State College area and that is what we try to provide.

We look forward to your next stay with us!

Most Sincerely,

Scott McKee
General Manager
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croydon
Level Contributor
97 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Great price, employees very nice. Had a late check in and it was no problem. Would definitly stay again. They even have a complimentary breakfast they bring to your room. Very clean and quite motel. Very close to Penn's Cave and University. Easy to find.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank dawnscookie
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ScottMcKee, General Manager at Nittany Budget Motel, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Dear Dawnscookie,

We are happy to hear you felt well served during your recent stay with us.

Thank you for taking time to post your review and for pointing out features of greatest significance to you. I think these observations are helpful for others as they make their lodging decisions.

We will do everything to continue providing exceptional service, pleasant rest and at an affordable price.

Sincerely,

Scott McKee
General Manager
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level Contributor
22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

This place is a gem. It is out of the way, quiet and clean, unlike the hotel in the area we had left due to bugs. The kitchen has a refrigerator that had ample space for our groceries, and the bathroom size was more generous in size than average. The breakfast delivered to your room, discreetly delivered through a service cubby, adds a very nice touch.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank sallybean2
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ScottMcKee, General Manager at Nittany Budget Motel, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Dear SallyBean2,

First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your stay with us. Positive reviews are always pleasant to read but I particularly appreciate yours because I was away on vacation during the last two weeks of July.

I very much believe in the team concept and cannot say how proud I am of my staff and their conduct - so, on their behalf, I will say thank you for your kind comments! What you noted about our guest rooms and breakfast are a direct product of their efforts and it always pleases me to see their work recognized - I will be sure to share your comments with them.


Most Sincerely,

Scott McKee
General Mananger
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Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
148 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

Older motel, but kept tidy and clean. Bath towels were a little thin, but the staff was generous with giving out as many extra as needed. The staff was always very nice and helpful, too. Quiet at night and we were in the front of the property, next to the office. Close to the Kocher Farm where our horse show was held and close enough to downtown State College. Wish that PennDot had the good sense not to make Whitehall Road one way.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank MaydayfromPA
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ScottMcKee, General Manager at Nittany Budget Motel, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Leedsie,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our property. I am happy to hear you found our small property for your lodging needs during the horse show.

I will talk with our staff about the towels and we will work to be a bit more diligent about culling out any towels which are showing signs of being threadbare. We believe in doing our utmost to minimize waste and get the most out of all items used but try to never have this negatively impact our customers.

Thank you again for choosing the Nittany Budget Motel.

Most Sincerely,

Scott McKee
General Manager
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Middletown, New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

went to a football camp at penn state. Stayed for 1 night, was on a budget. room was perfect, very clean, very spacious. beds were comfortable, quiet area, less than 2 miles away from campus.Service was great, got a good night sleep breakfast was free, will definitely stay again

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Travelman1012
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ScottMcKee, General Manager at Nittany Budget Motel, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Travelman 1012,

Thank you for your kind words and for characterizing us as the "perfect place to stay."
Though I think each traveler may have their own version of perfect, we certainly do our best to surpass guests expectations.

I am glad to hear you were here for one of the sports camps operated by Penn State, truly a wonderful resource for youth and their families.

We wish you a pleasant summer at home and abroad and, when your road brings you back to the State College area, please let us know and we will be happy to assist with your lodging needs.

Most Sincerely,

Scott McKee
General Manager
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Property: Nittany Budget Motel
Address: 2070 Cato Ave, State College, PA 16801-2764
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > State College
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #19 of 26 Hotels in State College
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Nittany Budget Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nittany Budget Motel just 3 miles from Downtown State College. Complimentary light breakfast daily, free Wi-Fi, and on-site Brewsky's Bottle Shop. We invite all visitors to the State College area to enjoy the friendly atmosphere for which we are known. ... more   less 
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