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“Convenient and relaxing after touring the campus.”
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Nittany Lion Inn
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in State College
Certificate of Excellence
Springfield, New Jersey
2 reviews
“Convenient and relaxing after touring the campus.”
Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

I took my daughter for a college tour at Penn State. We booked a room at the Nittany Lion Inn. I went through the Penn State website that will give a discount. The hotel is located right on the Campus which is really convenient. The parking is free in the parking deck if you are a guest of the hotel. The campus bus stops in front of the hotel and goes into town. No need for a car. The hotel has a lot of charm and the staff was really helpful. The room was clean and the beds were very comfortable. We booked a room with canopy beds. It was a suite with a couch and reclining chair. Very nice! In the morning we noticed that there were feather pillows in the closet that we could have used. The bathroom was clean and very large with a double sink. It also came with a microwave and refrigerator. It was worth the extra money to upgrade. My only complaint is that the water in the shower did not get hot enough. I would defiantly stay here again. Next time I might try to book through a travel sight. It might be cheaper.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Fleming Island, Florida
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you are fortunate enough to be able to book a room at the Nittany Lion Inn vs. one of the chain hotels near campus, do so. It may cost you slightly more, but it's well worth it. This is a beautiful, historic property on the edge of campus - just steps away from the iconic Nittany Lion Shrine.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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new york
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2014

We really loved staying here after our Spend a summer day college visit. It is just such a beautiful inn. The check-in was very easy and friendly. We were given a map and some wonderful suggestions for things to do and see. Overall everyone was friendly. The room was quiet and overlooked the courtyard. There was a Keurig coffee maker in the room.

We did not use the shuttle to town as it was no trouble to find parking in town. However, I am sure during school season, it is a nice amenity as parking might not be as easy to find. It is also walkable to town.

There could be room for expanding the breakfast buffet, but overall it was good. I do prefer quality vs quantity.

We had a nightcap at the bar and bar tender was friendly and the atmosphere was great for conversation and not overly crowded.

If our child goes to this school, it will definitely be our first choice to stay during visits and will recommend to others. Value for room was good.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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long island, new york
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2014

The Nitany Lion inn was a very nice well appointed hotel in a great location. Being able to walk everywhere from the hotel was a nice luxury we did not use our car once during our stay. The hotel was dead while we were there very quiet never saw any other guests. Parking was very easy. They don't have a pool but allow access to the pool at the penn stater which is nice but to much of a nuisance to go to another hotel to swim for such a short stay. The room was nice but tired it could use new bed sets and carpeting. The bathrooms are very big and nicely redone. Overall it could use some refurbishing. The hallways had a musty smell that was unsettling. There are restaurants that are onsite but we did not visit them. We would stay again in a heartbeat and would recommend to all.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Collegeville, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We came here as a family for 4th of July weekend. Parking was free, the room was impeccable and ready early, the hotel is just a few steps away from the Nittany Lion shrine, the shuttle service was spot-on, the employees were the friendliest and most helpful of any I've ever encountered, and the summer rates were affordable!

My 6 year old asked if we could come back every year from now on. Yes, yes we can.

Stayed July 2014
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Flemington, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2014

We stayed here during a tournament after the college had dismissed for summer. This hotel is adorable and surprisingly big. The food was great, customer service excellent and our room was perfect. Down town is within walking distance as is the campus. They have valet parking or you can park in the little parking deck next door. We had a wonderful time and were so glad to have had the chance to stay at this unique hotel.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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201 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

The Inn is a lovely hotel, really large in scale and located a few blocks from downtown. It's a beautiful property - the staff is helpful and friendly, the rooms and grounds are very well kept and I really enjoyed my stay there.

There were a few things that were particularly nice - the staff is generous with refilling the K-cups, bottled water is complementary, and there are a number of shops and restaurants within walking distance.

The only things that could slightly improve - the doors aren't well insulted and sound travels clearly from the hallway, close to the Inn parking is limited and generally parking is only available in the parking garage a short walk from the hotel.

Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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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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