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Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center
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Reviewed September 16, 2007

This is a great hotel! They know exactly what you want!
Good food at PJ Harrigans, right inside the hotel!

Stayed: September 2007
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managersc, Manager at Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2009

Thank you for your comments. I am glad that we were able to exceed your expectations.

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Reviewed August 27, 2007

The Ramada looks nice when you drive up, but do not be fooled. The renovation appears to be the conference center only, rooms were not renovated. It is a basic motel with room access from the outside, and smelly, dingy rooms on the inside. When we went to the front desk to report a musty smell, they sent someone to spray a product called 'Smokescreen' in our room. We sent them away and asked to change rooms, which they did for us, but the second one smelled like chemicals so we stayed with the must. Rooms are dimly lit with stained carpet and cheap bedding. On the bright side the staff was very friendly, but they needed to be to make up for the horrible accommodations. Would not stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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managersc, Manager at Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2009

Thank you for taking the time to advise us of your comments. The hotel has a conference center which was built in 2003, but the hotel also has interior and exterior guest rooms, but the interiro rooms typically book up first, so you need to inquire when making reservations what room types are available. The hotel is about 90% non-smoking, but occassionally guests do smoke in non-smoking rooms. In 2007, we had replaced all of our mattresses. Since that time, we have added new bedding accessories, and are in the proccess of replacing carpeting throughout the hotel. We spend approx. $500,000 a year on capital improvements.

Thanks again.

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Reviewed May 28, 2007

I was concerned about the Ramada Conference Center after reading reviews here, but when an employer books you for a conference, you don't have much say in where it is. I have attended many conferences in the Penn State area, but never at the Ramada before. I will start by saying that this does not have the charm of the Nittany Lion Inn, or the new, modern amenities of the Penn Stater. It is an older motel
-style building, trying to continue to provide facilites and lodging for conferences that cannot/do not want to pay for the other conference center hotels in the area. The exterior corridors were not
a problem in May, but could be a problem attending conferences in the middle of winter. The "Atrium" rooms would have made me claustrophobic, but when they attempted to assign me a room there, I requested a switch at the desk and it was made. The Atrium rooms have doors and windows onto an enclosed Atruim, which contains a pool, conference/buffet facilites and such. I found the Atrium noisy (we had our luncheons there). Newer conference center hotels have smaller lap-pools in seperate areas, not exposed for all to see in an
atrium. I can see where if there were rowdy people in the pool, it would echo throughout the Atrium.

The conference ballrooms were new, modern, and the correct temperature.

My individual room was perfectly adequate for my stay. It was clean, and the ususal soap, shampoo, coffee, hairdryer, and iron were provided. No refridgerator, though. It was warm when I arrived, but I
found the individual A/C controls and set them. When I returned, the room was comfortable.

I did not eat in the restaurant, I did eat the lunches that were included with the conference - and they were suprisingly good.

So, overall, it was perfectly fine. Not lavish luxury. But not a flop
-house at the shore, either.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled on business
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managersc, Manager at Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2009

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I appreciate you pointing out the difference between the competition, we are an older hotel, but do offer more attractive pricing than other conference center hotels in the area.

As for the pool area, we elected to construct a large pool, as opposed to an indoor lap pool that you might see at other limited service hotels, to give our guests the opportunity to really swim and enjoy themselves. While some guests may not enjoy the atrium rooms due to elevated noise levels, we do close the pool at 10PM, so all guests may get adequate rest. As you stated, we can also easily accommodate guests in exterior rooms and interior conference center rooms, if one prefers not to be located in the atrium.

I will pass along the compliments to our food and beverage staff regarding the catered meals, we work very diligently to provide all of our guests with the best experience.

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Reviewed April 10, 2007

I was speaking at a conference held at this hotel, which has a conference center attached to it. Admittedly, I was not expecting much from a Ramada Inn except basic motel facilites. I was first placed in a room directly adjacent to the indoor pool. The door of the room was literally 12 feet from the pool, which was full of adult
men loudly playing some sort of game of tag. The room had no windows other than the large picture window next to the door that faced directly to the pool a few feet away. With the curtain closed, it was
pitch black. After waiting at the front desk for several miutes, the clerk appeared. I asked for a new room not near the pool and with a window to the outside. He obliged, but seemed astounded I did not want to be right beside the pool. As I opened the door to this second
room, I was greeted by a blast of hot air. The heat was on 85 despite
the pleasant, unseasonably warm 70 degree weather. I turned off the heat, and attempted to turn on the A/C. It did not work. I called the
front desk, and they promised to send the engineer to fix it. About an hour later, no repairman had appeared. As I was leaving for dinner, I stopped at the desk and again asked that the A/C be fixed, since it was incredibly hot in the room. The clerk said he would get right on it. Upon returning from dinner, I entered the room and the A/C was working. However, the electrical smell was overpowering. I figured it would go away after a while. After an hour, the smell was still pouring from the A/C unit and I called the desck again to change rooms. The clerk said he would meet me at the new room with the key. I went to the new room and waited with my luggage for 20 minutes. No clerk. Finally, I slepped my luggage back to the front desk (which involved a long walk across a parking lot). The clerk handed me the key to the room and seemed to have forgotten that he was supposed to meet me at the room. This final room was adequate and had no problems. However, I was astounded by the inattentive staff, the constant wait for a desk clerk to appear at the front desk even in the middle of the day, etc. Stay somewhere else is my advice.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled on business
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managersc, Manager at Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2009

I apologize for your subpar stay with us. Your complaint validates the importance of training all employees to follow through on all customer complaints. Our hotel staff recently completed a new customer service training program, and I will use your experience to demonstrate what happens when employees do not follow up on customer problems.

I hope you will give us a chance again in the future.

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Reviewed January 3, 2007

Tiny room, not quite what was expected based on website.
Pubic hair on the toilet and bathroom floor was disgusting!
Noise from staff after 11:00pm banging tables around (our room was near storage closet).
Guests should have warning before booking when atrium is booked for noisy events (wrestling group was very noisy).

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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managersc, Manager at Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2009

I am sorry for your less than desireable stay with us. Our atrium is sometimes booked for events, and we usually have signs posted at the desk, as well as telling guest at check-in, however based on your posting, it appears you were not notified. Additionally, we conclude events by 10PM, in order to not distrub our other hotel guests.

As for the housekeeping issues, we have addressed these issues and I do apologize as this is not our standards. I hope you will return in the future.

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