I've stayed at other hotels in State College, but this was the first time at the Penn Stater. It was easy to find, directly off of the interstate. As I drove up, I thought I was arriving at a dormitory. The building has a distinctly institutional appearance which doesn't end once inside. The check-in staff was efficient & nice.
The purpose of my trip was a wedding which was also located at the hotel. The hotel is large and confusing to navigate. Two weddings were going on and it was a bit tricky to find ours.
Our room was in the center of a looonnng corridor, also very dormitory-like. The room itself was a decent size furnished with a desk and flat screen TV. The bathroom was quite small with Penn State navy blue wallpaper. The room was very clean with plenty of towels. Bed comfort was so-so. Probably time for new mattresses. One complaint was the noise level in the corridor as people came back at night. Usually I travel with a noise machine, but unfortunately forgot it this time. My biggest complaint was the paper delivery person, who threw newspapers at every door at 5:30 AM, which echoed throughout the hallway.
Drinks at the bar were good, though the bartenders stood around and couldn't seem to decide who should make our drinks, though we were the only ones there at the time.
The Penn Stater is far from town, but close to the stadium and Brice Jordan Center. There is a free shuttle that will take you to town or to other bars & restaurants. Last shuttle back to the hotel is at midnight. If you stay out later it's around a $10 cab ride back to the hotel.
On Sunday morning, I ate at the Gardens restaurant. They have a full brunch for $17 or a continental brunch for $8. The continental featured local bakery items & yogurt and was a good value.
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- Also Known As:
- Penn State Hotel State College
- Penn State College