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“Disappointed in the Inn but loved the school”
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Nittany Lion Inn
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in State College
Certificate of Excellence
Newton, New Jersey
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Disappointed in the Inn but loved the school”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

We booked a room at the Inn to take our daughter on a college tour of Penn State. The hotel sits on campus so I have to give it 5 stars in terms of location but 2 stars overall. The room we stayed in (1st floor)was very dated. The carpet had stains in various spots that compelled us to keep our shoes on and the wall paper was peeling and discolored. We checked in and left the room to tour the campus. Upon returning to the room that evening we found the heater/room cooler to be very loud. The beds were not comfortable at all. I thought perhaps this was just my take on them, but my husband and daughter felt the same way. The room was a decent size and there were plenty of fresh towels. There is a small single serve coffee pot, however when we attempted to make a cup it was not drinkable. The unit needs to be either replaced or serviced, as it brewed it filled the cup with some sort of white floating foam (Not creamer). For the cost of the room, I was expecting better. We paid $150 with tax for a small room with two double beds. We have stayed the night in a few hotels in the last few weeks on college tours and this was by far our least favorite and yet most expensive room. I would rather drive 6 hours to get back home then stay the night again at this hotel again. The staff was friendly and the cleaning crew do a fine job. The areas that need addressing are beyond their control.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Falls Church, VA
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21 reviews
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

We have stayed at the NLI many times for all kinds of occasions. It is very convenient to campus and downtown State College. Very close to Rec Hall where we were able to enjoy the men's volleyball conference finals. Penn State's campus and State College are wonderful for walking and the Inn is in a perfect spot for that. Across Park Ave from the Inn is the College Heights Historic District, which is worth exploring - there are a few Sears homes in the neighborhood. Take a 10-15 minute walk east down Park Ave to the Arboretum, which is beautiful.

Great service from the friendly staff everywhere at the Inn. Whisker's is fun for happy hour or a night cap and its food is very good as well. We go to Whisker's even when we are not staying at the Inn. Parking is easy with the Nittany parking deck next door. We park and never come back to the car until we check out.

We love staying at the Inn.

Room Tip: All the rooms we have stayed in are quiet even those on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Thank you for painting such a great picture of the environment at the Inn! It really is a wonderful location and are glad that you are able to enjoy it. Thank you for sharing your experience; we look forward to your next visit!
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State College, Pennsylvania
1 review
Reviewed May 1, 2014

The Nittany Lion Inn is without a doubt the best place to stay in downtown State College. There isn't really any other decent place that allow you to stay. Unfortunately, because they host a lot of conferences, the room rate really fluctuate. We were there in the middle of the summer and happened to get a pretty good rate because there was no one on campus. The room is nice but the AC was kind of loud and noisy. The dinning room on the first floor is fabulous.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Robski4596
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Columbia, Maryland
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

I've stayed at the Nittany Lion Inn on multiple occasions and am never disappointed. Check-in was friendly, speedy, and easy and my room was ready at noon the day I arrived. My meetings were held in one of the many conference rooms within the Inn which makes it very convenient - catered food was also very good and great variety! Had lunch in the restaurant in one of the private dining rooms which was first class! I look forward to many more memorable visits!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Thank you for your kind words! We are so thankful that you have taken the time to let others know about your experience. We look forward to your next visit!
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Fremantle, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Stayed here for a short course being held in the inn - as the weather was very poor at the time, I'm glad I didn't have to venture outside. Room was tastefully decorated, and well kept. The heater/air conditioner was (typical for the USA) an in-room unit, which was very noisy, though did a good job keeping the room warm. I found the service at the front counter quite distant - not unfriendly, but certainly not friendly. When I sought advice on where to buy Pennsylvania-made gifts not related to Penn State, I was directed to the bookstore in town, but it really only stocked Penn State merchandise. The complimentary lift to the airport was useful. Overall, a good hotel for visiting Penn State, but didn't feel all that welcome.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this review, April 25, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your feelings with us about your stay. We appreciate the opportunity to address our team as we certainly want to make each of our guests feel as if this is their home away from home. While our Spring weather can certainly be unpredictable, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the property! We do hope that the next time you have an opportunity to visit the area that we will be able to give you an even better experience. We look forward to that time!
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Exton, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Love the old charm of this historic hotel. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Booked a double room which was clean, comfortable and surprisingly fit my family of five with a rolly. Pros: location Cons: hotel is dated

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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central pa
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2014

Stayed at this hotel for one night in April 2014. Choose a double canopy room with a sitting area. The room was really nice, with a very large bathroom and the sitting area was perfect. The room includes Keurig with coffee/tea, microwave, small fridge and WIFI. The best was the quality of the towels. It was such a pleasant surprise afer getting a shower to have such plush towels. And the feather pillows are a nice touch.
We stopped in at Whiskers and the bar staff was friendly and attentive.
The only downside was it got loud in the hallway in the morning when Housekeeping started their day. We could hear the staff talking from the hallway and that was disruptive so early in the morning.

Room Tip: We had an inside courtroom view room. I would prefer an outside view room
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank drosiewh
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this review, April 25, 2014
What a great picture to paint of your experience! The Deluxe rooms with the canopy bedding are some of our favorites on property. Please know that we can certainly try to accommodate any location preferences on your future stays if you prefer to have a different view of the property - simply let our Reservations or Front Desk team members know and we will add the preference for you. Thank you for sharing your story!
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Property: Nittany Lion Inn
Address: 200 W Park Ave, State College, PA 16803-3598
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > State College
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in State College
#2 Family Hotel in State College
#6 Business Hotel in State College
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nittany Lion Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 223
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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