Arrived at this Hilton Garden Inn, the car port and the surrounding landscape were very nicely done, well maintained and clean. This hotel sits in close proximity to the Penn State Campus. I entered the hotel and was greeted by a very friendly desk clerk and check in was quick and efficient.
The lobby is bright, cheery and full of natural light. This hotel has a unique restaurant area, larger than most, with a “grown local” theme with a unique and eclectic menu. A full service coffee machine is also adjacent the front desk and makes a pretty good cup of coffee, espresso, latte etc.
I arrived at my room and began my inspection; the room was of large size, was clean and neat but unremarkable in its colors and textures. The television was 32” flat screen LCD with a good channel section with some in HD. The room also included a microwave and refrigerator both clean and in perfect working condition. The bed duvet was freshly laundered and the bed sheets were white, clean and crisp. Inspection of the bathroom revealed clean, neat and organized with plenty of clean white towels and amenities. The shower was clean, had great pressure and the hot water was plentiful.
The bed was comfortable and I had no issues with sleep. HGI is my hotel of choice while on business travel and I love the select number mattress. I heard no noise from the exterior or the corridors. The HVAC quickly and consistently cooled the room; it was quiet and unobtrusive, and controlled by a wall thermostat. The desk/work area was of large size and the desk chair was outstanding. The Herman Miller desk chair is one of the main reasons I choose HGI. If you work from your room you will appreciate such a magnificent chair. The wireless internet was acceptable but not wireless. You will need to connect via the provided cable. A cordless phone is also provided in the room.
The pool was interior, large and very comfortable as was the adjacent Jacuzzi. The workout area was average size but provided high quality equipment.
This hotel sits a short drive away from many chain restaurant and sole-proprietorship locations.
The breakfast, although not free, was very good and much better than the chain buffet style, which I have grown tired of.
Would I return, Yes, would I recommended, Yes. This hotel met all of my expectations for a Hilton Garden Inn, clean, quiet and comfortable. $125.00 room + $7.50 lodging tax + $3.13 OCC tax-room (???), totaled $135.63 for a Wednesday night in September, 2011. Although the rate sounds excessive it is a very competitive for this area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel in State College, PA is located only one half mile from Beaver Stadium, Lubrano Park/Medlar Field Baseball Stadium, and The Bryce Jordan Center. Plus, we're located one mile south of the Penn State University campus and downtown State College (with a plethora of specialty shops, theater and popular restaurants in the downtown area). Choose from several comfortable guest rooms, or upgrade to one of our luxurious suites that include a separate living area and sofa bed. Enjoy complimentary WiFi, microwaves and mini-refrigerators, comfortable seating areas, a work desk with ergonomic chair as well as other room amenities, including granite bathroom counter tops. Guests who stay at Hilton Garden Inn State College enjoy: our fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, business center with complimentary printing, 24-Hr Pavilion Pantry Market(R), room service, our on-site restaurant and lounge, and more. Plan your next meeting, conference, wedding or event at our hotel with more than 2,300 sq. ft. of adaptable event and/or meeting space. We make wedding planning easy with our Personalized Online Group Program. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Garden Inn State College Hotel State College
- Hilton State College