I am a Penn State grad, and it is a treat to stay at the Nittany Lion Inn when visiting campus. Yes, there are less expensive places in town, but this is an outstanding property and a campus landmark. It is right next to the Lion Shrine, and next to Rec Hall, but it is secluded at the same time. So, you get the fun and convenience of staying on campus, but none of the noise you remember from your dorm. They offer a free shuttle so you don't need your car. But with such a beautiful campus, you should be walking anyway...especially if, like me, you can't stay away from the Creamery's Ice Cream. Every part of the campus is walkable from here, including the stadium.
I've stayed here several times and the staff is great...very polite and helpful. I was here while the hotel was being renovated, and that work is now done. The results are great. The lobby and common areas are very nicely appointed. I'm not sure if I was in the "new" or "old" section. The room was not large but was adequate and had both a coffee maker and a refrigerator. I had no problem with noise, but the clientele at this hotel is less likely to be partying in the hall at 2 AM anyway. We ate in the dining room on Friday and enjoyed the buffet. There was something for everyone and all of it was excellent.
My five-star rating is based on the fact that I think it is by far the most outstanding property in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Nittany Lion Inn is a Penn State landmark, rich in history and tradition and a proud member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Our AAA Four Diamond rated property is located on the campus of The Pennsylvania State University, serving as a travelers’ haven and a popular gathering place for Penn State alumni. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nittany Lion Hotel State College
- Nittany Lion State College