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Carnegie Inn & Spa
Ranked #12 of 26 Hotels in State College
Certificate of Excellence
Sunnyvale, California
Level Contributor
29 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Charming and comfortable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2008

My partner and I stayed at the Carnegie House in October. The room we stayed in was large, clean, and well appointed. As another review stated, the decor is not modern but it is very nice, not cheap nor gaudy.

The Carnegie House was very quiet when we were there. We saw other couples and some families with older children (looked like they may have been touring the campus or in for an on-campus interview) but we didn't see or hear any young ones at all.

Breakfast was included with our stay and while the menu was somewhat limited, the food always came out hot and freshly prepared. Dinner in the restaurant was good with above average service for State College.

  • Liked — It was a comfortable place to stay without being pretentious.
  • Disliked — The wireless internet connectivity was poor.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2007

What an impeccably maintained hotel in such a charming location! I wish I took photographs because the photographs on the Carnegie House's website do not do the hotel justice. My favorite hotels tend to be more modern hotels; however you won't find any of those in State College. This traditionally decorated (but not gaudy) hotel is actually situated on the fringes of Toftrees Golf Course and has a beautiful outdoor dining area practically on the fairway. I was in State College for business and considered this hotel to be a delightful oasis. The large rooms have windows with views and lovely window seats to top it off. The best part about the hotel is the incredibly attentive staff. They make you feel as though you are family and even treat you to homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies every evening and have an endless supply of the tasty treats in the lobby (which make up for the hard beds). Look no longer because this is the best in State College.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank CaliforniaGirl25
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Ellicott City, MD
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2007

The Carnegie House is a lovely small inn located only 5 minutes from Penn State University (if you know the shortcut, which the very pleasant staff will tell you about). I ordinarily shy away from bed and breakfast places, but the Carnegie House is not an ordinary bed and breakfast. Each room is large and has its own large bath, and each is decorated in a different theme. I stayed in a very romantic room with a window seat, sitting area, and oversized bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower. The bed was very comfortable. The breakfast the next morning was great -- a combination of self-serve continental (breads, cereals, fruit, juice) and cooked-to-order (eggs, bacon, sausage, toast). I didn't get to eat lunch or dinner in the restaurant, but I did look at the menu and it was very appealing. The other thing I didn't get to do was to enjoy the many little sitting nooks inside and out, some overlooking a very pretty garden -- so I'll have to go back. (The only downside, which was relatively minor, is that I could on occasion hear the person in the room above me walking around. )

I would definitely recommend this place for a nice weekend away.

  • Liked — Beautiful rooms
  • Disliked — Could hear footsteps from room above
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Cynical77
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La Jolla, CA
Level Contributor
47 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2006

I should have written this review earlier, but I was just thinking of how wonderful our 3 night stay was at the Carnegie House in October of 2005. It is a real English style Inn. There are nooks to relax and read, and enjoy the beautiful formal interior design of the public rooms. Our breakfast was included, huge and delicious, served by an enthusiastic young woman. On arrival, a distinguished looking gray haired woman at the reception was very welcoming and helpful. I believe that the owner helped us in with the suitcases. After a 40 year absence from Penn State, what a wonderful surprise to find this hotel. Treat yourself and stay here while in State College. It is a little high end on cost for State College, but what a terrific bargain for what you get compared to the rest of the world!

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 Thank lizzydoc
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Dallas, PA
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2006

If you are interested in above average accommodations, excellent food & service, and a good location, then the Carnegie House is for you! My husband & I visited the Carnegie House again for the 4th time. Before dinner, guests can relax with a drink by the fireplace in the huge library. Menus are brought to you & your dinner order is taken before you enter the dining room. Complimentary appetizers are also served. The food is beautifully prepared & delicious. A full breakfast is included in the price of the room. The guest rooms are beautifully appointed.

Location is ideal and conveniently located. We hope to visit the Carnegie House again soon!

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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9 Thank traveldallas,pa
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Property: Carnegie Inn & Spa
Address: 100 Cricklewood Dr, State College, PA 16803-2100
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > State College
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in State College
#14 Family Hotel in State College
#16 Business Hotel in State College
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Carnegie Inn & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the tranquil woodlands encircling State College, PA is a destination of innumerable charms - Carnegie Inn & Spa - an intimate little gem in the tradition of the finest European country manors. We invite you to experience the first AAA Four-Diamond hotel in central Pennsylvania, just the first of many distinctions setting the Inn apart as someplace truly special.Carnegie Inn & Spa is elegance personified, with a brand of hospitality and warmth long since vanished from the impersonal, chain-style hotels.But the most delightful surprise comes when you find out that we only look expensive... ... more   less 
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