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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area)
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in State College
Certificate of Excellence
New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Very nice but breakfast is horrible”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We have stayed here several times and no complaints about the rooms...very nice and clean and very friendly service. The location is ideal if you are visiting PSU. Only negative thing is the free breakfast. Not worth it even though its free. The room is always very crowded and the service staff have a very hard time keeping up with making sure there are stocked items. If all you want is a bagel with cream cheese then its OK. The eggs are powdered and the cereals all tasted stale. Skip the breakfast or bring your own.

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D S, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are working daily to improve all aspects of the hotel. Hope to see you back again.
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We will echo the many other positive ratings among the recent reviews. Although we have been to State College many times this was our first stay at the County Inn & Suites. We were very impressed and we would not hesitate to stay there again. The room was clean and comfortable and every staff member we encountered during our 2-day stay was very friendly. The location is a little further out on College Avenue but the trip to town is quick and they even offer a free shuttle to downtown and for-fee football shuttle on game days (we did not use the shuttle as we parked downtown instead). The free breakfast was standard fare but they had good selection, real plates instead of paper, friendly servers, and comfortable dining room. We ended up here through a good Priceline deal for a football weekend but we may well be back for other visits. Only added wish is for a dinner restaurant within walking distance. Very pleased.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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D S, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to review our hotel. Your comments mean a lot to us. I will share them with the rest of the staff. Hope to see you back again soon!
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights over a Penn State football weekend with my husband and our 4 year old. We've stayed at many hotels in State College over the years, and going forward, this one will be our go-to.

The hotel is new and very clean. Front desk and housekeeping staff extremely friendly and helpful. Room spacious, comfortable and clean. Beds were very comfortable and bedding was on par with a Marriott/Westin. Ample breakfast buffet with plenty of continental breakfast choices. Very convenient to stadium area and plenty of parking. Overall, a great experience. Will stay again.

Is this the Ritz Carlton in Paris? No. Is this a very, very nice, family friendly hotel in a college town? YES. Expectations easily exceeded.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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D S, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thanks for your review of our hotel. Hope to see you back again soon.
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

We have been to so many hotels in State College I've lost track. This was our first stay at the Country Inn & Suites and all I can say is WHY HAVEN'T I BEEN HERE BEFORE??? The hotel is immaculate, the staff is very friendly and the breakfast was in a large comfortable room and more than adequate. We had a smaller suite that was absolutely perfect. It gave us the flexibility to entertain friends while being able to close the door to the sleeping area. They even gave us a coupon to redeem for 2 PENNSTATE glasses. I can't say enough about this hotel except that we will definately be staying there again.

Room Tip: I requested either the mountain view or the jr. suite.....go with the junior suite. It is extremely...
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D S, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thanks for your great review of our hotel. We are glad you enjoyed the glasses. Hope to see you back again soon.
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Hoboken, NJ
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

I stayed at the Country Inn Sept 14 and 15th. The hotel is conveniently located a few miles from the stadium and downtown. I found the rooms to be very clean. We stayed in a double room.The hotel offered a free breakfast which included eggs,waffles,muffins,juices and coffee.Other amenities included a gym,jacuzzi and a pool. I found the staff to be very courteous. If you a looking for a great place to stay for a game, this is a good choice.

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D S, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Thanks so much for taking the time to write your review. We appreciate your business. Please consider staying with us again on your next visit. "We Are"
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

I traveled to Penn State with my daughter and her friends, to see a men's soccer game. From what I understand, this hotel is one year old and the newest at PSU. Staff was very friendly, the room and hotel very nice and comfortable. Everything was clean. I was pleasantly surprised at the location. The hotel is very convenient to Jeffrey Field (soccer) and Beaver Stadium. All are on the East end of town/campus. It was about a 3 min drive to the game. To get to the hub of downtown, it is a 1-1/2 mile straight shot down E. College Ave. My total cost (with AAA) was $213.86. As with all PSU hotels, you will pay well above the average rates for hotels on busy weekends. The breakfast was ample, but just mediocre. I was happy with this hotel and would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Barrie, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2012

This hotel is very good and handy to everything in State College. We stayed in a king suite. The bed was very comfortable but the room a little small. The living room was smaller and a bit dark. We had two flat-screen TV's which was a plus. It was very, very clean. The staff were very helpful when we checked in. We were on the fifth floor and it was very quiet. The breakfast was a bit disappointing. We came down about 8:30 am and there was a limited selection of fruit and yoghurt, but they did have scrambled eggs and sausage still available. All in all a very pleasant experience!

Room Tip: Top floor was very quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area)
Address: 1357 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-6813
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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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in State College
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Hotel Class:3 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area) 3*
Number of rooms: 113
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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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