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“Average place!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Atherton Hotel
Ranked #14 of 26 Hotels in State College
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Average place!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Nothing special but at least it's a close walk to stuff....watch out for the fees as they like to charge you for booking online and parking is ok...it's an old hotel at the end of the day in a great location that survives because of where it is.......

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Jessica R
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AthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you for your comments. Our guests' insight is a great resource to us in maintaining and improving our services. We would love to have the opportunity to improve your thoughts about and rating of the hotel and to that end I invite you to please contact me any time to assist you with future reservations.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Patton, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Excellant location !
Excellant managers and staff. Especially Edward Hampton front desk manager and Karen Murray Tarragon and Rumors manager.
Great bar food and entertainment!
Managers and staff take great effort in remembering our names. They go out of their way to make our stay comfortable and relaxing.
Security also knows us. Feel comforable knowing they are on at night watching the floors and the parking garage.

Room Tip: Have stayed in several room and floors. All were comfortable. Odd floors have ice machines !
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Anna Y
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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thank you for your review. We're very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. If you are visiting State College in the future and plan to stay with us, please call me directly to help with your reservation.
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Annapolis, Maryland
Level Contributor
229 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

Excellent location just a block from campus and downtown restaurants, very quiet, good food, very large rooms, however no fridge and our coffeemaker didn't work to well. flat screen TV in each room, heating system rather old but worked very well. parking available underneath hotel and lobby is 1 floor above ground level.

Room Tip: get a room away from elevators which are on west side
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank WxmanMD
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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay. Please know we recently replaced all coffee makers throughout the hotel with Keurig coffee makers in each room. If we can be of assistance to you during future visits to State College, please feel welcome to call me directly.
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State College, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

We had a wedding at the Atherton hotel and the service was phenomenal! Jessica Cox was amazing as well as the banquet staff. The food was delicious! Being the bride was stressful enough and Jessica really took alot of that stress off me. The wedding was perfect. My husband said even on the day of the wedding she was always available and easily accessible which meant the world to us! We will definitely hold morte events at the hotel. it's such a beautiful place and the staff is amazing!!! Also parking in the parking garage was so wonderful because even if it rained we wouldn't have gotten wet :)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Lisa B
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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. And, thank you for allowing our staff to be part of your special memories. Congratulations and best wishes.
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Haymarket, Virginia
Level Contributor
69 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

After reading the reviews I was afraid to stay but this was the only hotel that was not booked...so we jumped on it. That should have told us something. The good stuff....the rooms are large, the windows open, the closet is big, the TV was clear, the temperature was okay, the location is great, there is parking underneath, there was water pressure, and there is free wi-fi. The bad stuff...the mattresses are cheap, the carpet wass stained, the place is not clean, our room had a funky smell, the bathroom was dark, there is no complimentary breakfast--just in room coffee (yuck), the lobby is on the second floor making it hard to manage with suitcases, only two of the three elevators worked making for VERY long waits (we had to go up to come down many times), the parking is dark and very tight (we got blocked in), and the desk chair was filthy with dust. The average stuff...the towels were so rough that they hurt. They were also thread bare. I had better towels as a college student. The decor is 'eh. No one seemed happy to see us upon check in...a smile goes a LONG way. No one was happy to answer any questions as the front desk was preoccupied with socializing with bar patrons.

All of that said, I would go back if I could not find another hotel within walking distance of campus...but It would not be my first choice by any means.

Note to management because management actually reads these reviews...which is really nice. You have a nice hotel...a few things could make it shine. Towels, lights, and cleaning all cost money but being curteous is what you are already paying your staff to do. Why not make sure they do it?

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Justmemela
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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. Hotel policy is to guarantee your satisfaction so we are happy to address any issues with a change of room or complimentary upgrade during your stay if we are made aware of any issues. The Atherton does offer a full service on-site Tarragon restaurant which serves a delicious breakfast daily, offers in-room dining, and the hotel is within walking distance to a great variety of wonderful local restaurants. The Atherton offers Keurig coffee and coffee makers in each guest room.
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Venice, Florida
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

Our daughter graduated from PSU 23 years ago.For a Christmas gift,she and our son-in-law gave us a trip back to PSU and tickets to the Navy/PSU game...We had reservations at the Atherton. Upon arriving,we called for the shuttle and were picked up by Jason long withHampton...He arrived with a great smile and a willingness to answer questions and took us on a short tour of the campus..We wanted to purchase tickets to the PSUGirls Vollyball game and drove us to reserve these tickets...He went above and beyond his duties and was so helpful .While at the hotel, he gave tips to restaurants and directions. He made us feel so welcome and so comfortable...We would highly recommend a stay at The Atherton,Penn State...Would love to go back and would again choose The Atherton and hope to see Jason again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Rich M
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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at The Atherton and appreciate the special acknowledgement of one of our staff members. If I can ever be of assistance to you during future visits to State College, I hope you will feel welcome to call upon me.
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Philadelphia, PA
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

I'm surprised to see the negative reviews. We stay at the Atherton pretty much one football weekend a year. Its in an excellent location and Kevin, one of the managers (i think), was really great and flexible when working with us give a change in our reservation. We'll continue to come back here. Clearly customer service is important to them. Thanks Kevin.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank sewarsh
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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you for your insight and for taking time to write a review. If I can ever be of assistance to you in your future visits to State College, please feel welcome to contact me.
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Property: The Atherton Hotel
Address: 125 S Atherton St, State College, PA 16801-3827
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > State College
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Business Hotel in State College
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Atherton Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
150 room full service hotel in the heart of downtown State College, PA. One block from Penn State University. Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, restaurant, bar, room service, excellent location. ... more   less 
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