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“Huge and updated but distant” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Penn Stater Conference Center
Ranked #7 of 26 Hotels in State College
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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103 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Huge and updated but distant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Our dream was to stay at the historic Nittany Lion Inn for our event weekend but it was booked. Both the Nittany and The Penn Stater Conference Center are handled through the same reservations service, so we got a room at the Penn Stater. The Penn Stater is fresh and new, staffed by happy folks and very many students, some of whom are just learning the ropes. There was free coffee in the lobby in the morning, which was much appreciated. The facility obviously was designed to have a convenient main front entrance, with a circular drive but strangely, it's blocked off. Guests have to drive around to an inconvenient back entrance. It's a long walk to the front...was an even longer walk to our room (at what seemed the farthest room in the place) and to the restaurant and pub. It's also a long haul to campus. Shuttles were available our weekend but we chose to drive in, with no problem parking. So, positives: clean, new, with lots of space. Cons: a huge distance to campus, so large that it's impersonal and you'll likely face a long stroll to and from your room unless you request otherwise.

Room Tip: Ask for one close to elevators, restaurant, pub or parking lot.
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Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Penn Stater Conference Center, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
I apologize for what sounds like a bit more walking than you anticipated during your stay! Certainly know that you are welcome at any time to take advantage of our complimentary valet parking service at our main hotel lobby entrance to minimize any inconvenience during your arrival and departure. We truly value your feedback and hope that we see you again, at either (or both!) of our properties.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Every year, I attend a conference that is held at the Penn Stater. I do not mind going back each year because they always do a fantastic job. Whether you are looking for just a place to stay while visiting the college or whether you are actually looking for a place to hold an event, the Penn Stater Conference Center is a great place for both! The rooms are always clean and the staff are very friendly and helpful! They also serve delicious food!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Clifton Park, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

This was our second stay at the Penn Stater. Friendly staff, immaculate room, especially loved the sunday afternoon brunch! After a long day of events, we were too tired to go out so we tried Legends Pub. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of selections on the menu, not just your typical hamburger and fries and the food was beautifully presented and delicious! Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Erie, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

I haven't stayed in many hotels in my life, but once a year there's an educator's conference at the Penn Stater, and I love staying here. The staff have always been extra helpful and courteous, and the food has always been amazing. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The bar downstairs has a decent selection of draft beers and a large variety of bottles. The Penn Stater is a short drive away from the main drag of University Park if you feel like venturing out; you can even request a shuttle to take you there!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Penn Stater Conference Center, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Now we feel even more fortunate to have had you as our guest! Thank you so much for taking the time to let others know about your experience here with us - we look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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266 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

The Penn Stater is a Scandinavian style hotel and conference center in the Technology Park near Penn State. The rooms are large and well appointed. The staff is attentive. I suggest you ask for a room closer to the elevator, or you could be walking a LONG time. There is no included breakfast, although there is a nice pub and buffet restaurant downstairs. Ample parking is available and if you need to go downtown or to an event on campus, there is a courtesy van service available.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Boyne City, Michigan
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

I was pleasantly surprised! Large, comfortable, clean rooms. Staff is very professional and attended to all needs. Lobby is beautiful with a giant fireplace. Just an all around great place to stay. A 5 star hotel and a 3 star price. I would stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TKRMAR
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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

I love staying at the Penn Stater. I visited State College frequently and I try to always stay at the Penn Stater. It is convenient and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable. The Legends is a great place to socialize with friends (but is a littly pricey). Still this hotel has a pleasant atmosphere. I have stayed here for the last 5 years.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NJ F
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Property: Penn Stater Conference Center
Address: 215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803
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Region: United States > Pennsylvania > State College
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in State College
#6 Family Hotel in State College
#8 Romantic Hotel in State College
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Penn Stater Conference Center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 300
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