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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
Reviewed June 24, 2013

While touring the area we went through the small town that houses Penn State University. It was lovely as was the college, but we were relieved when we arrived at our hotel less than two miles away. Away from the maddening crowd of the university town, we were delighted to have a great experience at this Country Inn. Fine service, comfortable bedding, very clean, helpful staff, good free breakfast... This stop is good for travelers passing through the Alleghenies as well as college family and friends who want a restful night just far enough away from the crowds that can overwhelm a college community. Country Inn & Suites is our new go-to chain for traveling and this particular gem met all our needs. Kudos to a great staff and hotel. Lobby fruit, cookies, beverages were also a nice addition.

Room Tip: Higher floors are quieter.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of the hotel. Next time you stay with us, please ask for directions to The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. It is located just behind the hotel. You can drive or walk. Very relaxing.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

I traveled with my Mother and three daughters from Indiana to State College, Pa. After having a very difficult time finding our way through Sate College (PSU campus), I called Country Inn and Suites for directions. Craig was very, very helpful in getting a very frustrated driver to the hotel without further turnarounds. We ended up arriving later than planned and were elated to find out that the pool was open until midnight and girls would still be able to swim. The room and bathroom were very clean, shower very nice, and hot breakfast was very good with large variety of foods to chose from, including fresh cut fruit. Craig and Nicky, night reception, were amazing, and Amanda, morning reception/check out, was equally as friendly. Very nice stay. One small complaint would be WiFi connectivity on Friday morning. The hotel was very busy, so a slow connection is understood, but there were times when no connectivity was possible. Overall, an excellent stay for a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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D S, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2013

Thanks for writing a review of our hotel. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay. I will let Craig Nicky and Amanda know that you mentioned them by name. All 3 are true assets to our team. I will talk to our IT department about your issue with the internet. Hope to see you back again soon.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

Great hotel for overnight stay at State College. I will be sure to stay there again. The hot Breakfast, included, was delicious. The hotel is immaculately clean. Especially nice touch were complimentary horsd'oeuvres on arrival , complimentary cookies in the cookie jar, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Convenient location to the university, as well as many restaurants. I am so glad I found this gem!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2013

Thanks for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the evening reception. I hope to see you again in the near future.

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

I went for a family wedding. I got a warm reception from the staff at the desk. It was a very nice room, a little strong on fragrance in the air when I walked in. They had coffee available 24-7 along with fruit and cookies in the afternoon. Between 5-7 in the evening they had a small but nice selection of appetizers and a nice library to peruse. The fitness room's temperature was too high (75) and I couldn't figure out how to turn it down and it would have been a bit better with some free weights but there were four different aerobics machine as well as a single weight machine. I was happy with the breakfast in the morning. For the price it was much nicer than I expected and I would be happy to go there again.

Room Tip: My room was at the end on the second floor and was quiet. I suspect all the rooms are equally as go...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Patty Donley M, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2015

It was my pleasure reading your recent comments about your stay. We have the most amazing staff that enjoys serving our guests and seeing that they have the most comfortable stay. Here at Country Inn and Suites, we like to think we can be your home away from home… Thank you again for your comments and we look forward to seeing you again!!


Sincerely,
Patty Mandell, AGM

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is the second time we have stayed at this hotel in the past year, and it continues to exceed my expectations. First of all, the price for our room was priced over $50 lower than the price the same weekend last year... but the quality has not dropped one bit!

From the moment we checked in, we were greeted with friendly smiles from the staff. Warm cookies, fruit, and coffee await in the lobby. Our room was immaculately clean and comfortable. The king-size bed was very comfortable, and we were well-rested the following morning.

For hotel amenities, we used the indoor hotel pool. However, the water temperature of the pool was much too cool to be refreshing, and we quickly returned to the whirlpool in our room. My only other issue was that the hotel's wireless internet was much slower than hi-speed internet at other hotels, although there was a dramatic improvement over the "dial-up like" speed of the internet my first stay a year ago. If you must use the internet, I would suggest you use the hard-wired connections in the hotel's business center.

The breakfast is simply amazing, even for Country Inn and Suites. Choices included scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits/gravy, waffles, yogurts, cereals, fruit and pastries. Nobody should ever have to walk away hungry from that breakfast!

We also took advantage of the small manager's reception in the evening. One evening it consisted of burritos with all of the toppings, and our second evening it was a small and simple potato bar with toppings. Do not count on this reception as a meal, but it is something nice to be able to sit down at a table and munch.

This Country Inn and Suites is definitely my favorite hotel so far in the State College area, and I will return to this many times over with these continued levels of service!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2013

Thanks for your review of our hotel. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We just started our evening receptions and are happy to hear you were pleased. See you soon.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

The hotel was very nice and clean. Continental breakfast was average for a hotel in this price range. It was easily accessible. Only complaint is that the beds were on the harder side and our backs hurt in the morning.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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D S, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2013

Thanks for writing a review of our hotel. Hope to see you back again soon.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

As you walk in the beautiful lobby you are greeted with cookies, a warm fireplace and a small library. Craig is usually there to give information or just a warm greeting.
We travel often from NJ to Ohio to visit our daughter in Ohio. We have stayed in many of the hotels in the State College.
This hotel exceeds our expectations each and every time we stay. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the bathrooms large most importantly impeccably clean.

We occasionally use the gym, which is ery small but adequate for the average person.

The free breakfast served in the spacious dining room is very good. What makes it great is the staff.! Tawny and Sharon are efficient and personable.

This hotel feels like you have come home to a comfortable bed and warm welcoming staff!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2013

Thanks for all of your kind words. We appreciate your comments. Craig, Tawny and Sharon are all valued assocates here at The State College Country Inn and Suites. I will let them all know you mentioned them in your review. Thanks again and see you next time.

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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
Price Range: $98 - $428 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area) 3*
Number of rooms: 113
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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