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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area)
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in State College
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Stayed here with our kids for a couple nights and found the positive reviews to be accurate. From the moment of check-in it was clear the staff is trained to be friendly and welcoming! The girl at check-in was also upfront about the fact that they had several youth teams staying at the hotel during our visit and that staff patrols the hall every 15 minutes but we should also not hesitate to let them know should there be a concern about noise. We did not have any problems. All the staff we encountered from cleaning staff, kitchen staff, to the desk staff was always very courteous and friendly. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Breakfast is what you would expect from any hotel of this caliber and staff was always on stand-by.

My only complaints during our visit is that the pool was a bit small. We have a family of five and felt we were crowding the other two who were at the pool at the time. Water was chilly too. Also the TV did not work well. It was very slow to respond to the remote, and the interactive channel guide was not properly set up making it impossible find specific channels and difficult even to just channel surf.

Otherwise, we had a very pleasant stay and would certainly stay here again!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our hotel. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you also for telling us about the television in your room. I will look into the issue. Hope to see you back again soon.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The hotel itself is very clean as it is new. The breakfast was very good and the staff were very friendly.
The location is not ideal as we had to drive to find a restaurant to eat at. It was a few miles up the road.
Also, I stayed in a suite. though the room was nice the internet would not work in the bedroom. This proved to be quite annoying with my family.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of our hotel. I apologize for your problems with the internet. We will look into the problem. When you stay with us again, please ask for a walking map of The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. It is a great place to visit.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Newer hotel overall. Decent amount of parking. Very nice lobby. Perhaps my expectations were too high from reading previous posts, but my wife and I left kinda mildly let down.

Pluses: Largest shower I've ever been in, newer overall hotel, cookies lemonade coffee/tea available in lobby, business center had 2-3 computers, large eating area for complimentary bfast, pool was nice size, overall quiet

neutrals: bed and pillows were so-so. No rewards points since I booked thru another website-I guess that is a common practice, soap and shampoo were eh (central PA has very hard water), room we stayed in was average in size and decor (nothing special but not bad)

negatives: whirlpool temp did not seem hot enough, breakfast ran out of bacon at 8:30 and breakfast was to run until 9:30am. Breakfast comparable to other hotels' fare overall.

Overall, I think it was a nice hotel, but I've stayed at 3-4 others in town that are comparable and nothing here really puts this hotel above the others I have stayed in.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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D S, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to review our hotel. We, as a team at The Country Inn and Suites, State College are using all of your comments to fine tune our operations. We hope to see you back again soon.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is a very nice basic hotel, very convenient to Penn State. The bed was more comfortable than average, and the breakfast was very good -- lots of variety and good quality. The free wi-fi worked easily. We stayed for only one night and didn't have a chance to use either the pool or the workout room, but both looked very nice. We would definitely stay again--and might try to work in a visit to the nearby nature center.

  • Stayed: July 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 July 27, 2013

Thanks for taking the time write a review of our hotel. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We are lucky to be close to The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. Please check it out next time you stay with us.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Stayed for two nights to go to fireworks on campus of PSU. Nice facility, clean with friendly staff who are not up to date as yet. Ok breakfast however would have liked cooked oatmeal like some Country Inns have. Great workout facility however could use some wipes to clean equipment. Would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: choose a two room suite worth the extra cost
  • Stayed: July 2013, 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 reviewResponded July 25, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of our hotel. We always appreciate suggestions about the complimentary "Be Our Guest Breakfast". We hope to see you back again the next time you vist Happy Valley

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We stayed here back in February when we attended a Penn State Women's Basketball game. Great stay and we are headed back for a soccer tournament in August. Wonderful staff, pool was nice, and breakfast was decent. Location was nice as well. Our room was spotless! Highly recommend if you are headed to Happy Valley!

  • Stayed: February 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 July 25, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to rate our hotel. We appreciate your comments. Hope to see you in August.

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Stayed twice in last six months for collage visit. Nice basic room. Needs better pillows . Staff was helpful with our stay. Breakfast was not bad. I wish they had more healthy choices like egg whites or yogurt cups.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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D S, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, State College (Penn State Area), responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of the hotel. Thank you for your suggestions concerning our free "Be Our Guest Breakfast".

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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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