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Hilton Garden Inn State College
Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in State College
Certificate of Excellence
State College, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
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“Nice for families, but look for the dials”
Reviewed 3 April 2012

We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn during our trip to find housing and a preschool in State College. It's about a mile away from the Penn State campus and downtown State College, so although it's fairly convenient to these areas, you won't want to stay at this hotel without your own transportation.

Overall we were pleased with our stay. Our room was decent-sized and very clean. Although it was not a suite, our room had a "hospitality center" with a microwave and mini-fridge, which was convenient. Whenever my daughter didn't eat much of her dinner, we could get it in a to-go box and heat it up if she felt hungry later.

The hotel also boasted beds with mattresses that you could adjust for firmness. This was a great idea, but we never tried it. The description of where the dials were was not very clear. We spent some time looking for them on and near the wooden headboard without any luck. It wasn't until our last night that we found them on the mattress itself. They were underneath the fitted sheet; the mattress pad has a velcro flap that you pull out to access the dial. When we finally found the dials, we were too tired to play around with them.

Outside of the room, we enjoyed the indoor pool and spa area. It was on the small side, but well-maintained. We also appreciated the complimentary coffee, cocoa, and cookies available in the lobby all day long.


Breakfast: A lot of mid-range hotels include breakfast, but this one does not. A breakfast is offered for 9.95 a person (6.95 for children 12 and under). That price includes a buffet with hot and cold selections. You also can order from a list of hot dishes (omelets made to order, French toast, etc.) that aren't on the buffet at no additional charge. We ate the hotel breakfast one morning when we were pressed for time. We also knew that we wouldn't be able to eat lunch until late that day, so we figured that it would be worth it to eat a big breakfast. Everything was well prepared, and for our situation that day, we felt that it was our best choice because there isn't much for breakfast near the hotel. That said, we went elsewhere every other day. In all, the hotel breakfast is fine if you think you'll get your money's worth from it.
Bathroom: shower/tub combo
Blow dryer: yes
Crib: We didn't use one, but they are available.
Internet: In-room wifi and wired internet are available free of charge. We had no problems with the wifi.
Elevator: yes
Nearest playground: I didn't see anything within walking distance.

Recommend to childless friends: sure

Recommend to friends with young kids: sure
Website: http://www.hiltongardeninn.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SCESTGI

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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Very close to Penn State. Clean and a fast check-in. Did not used the facilities but has pool, gym restaurant, business center, ample parking and a very courteous staff. Very Clean and large rooms. Nice curtains keep the room dark for a very comfortable sleep.
Will definitely stay here every time we go back to Penn State.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

Many kudos to the staff of this Hilton Garden Inn near Penn State University in State College, PA. There were many examples of great customer service, from the enthusiastic desk clerk who checked me in that night to the engaging food server at dinner in the property's restaurant the following evening. (BTW, the meal was outstanding and so I was glad I decided to dine in. The menu featured local and organic options, including ice cream produced at Penn State's creamery.) The shuttle driver was congenial on the morning I needed to get to campus and was there to pick me up promptly after my meeting at the student union. While I wish the property were closer to campus, I appreciated the availability of the shuttle. (I will say, however, that there was considerable delay, about 30 minutes, in my being picked-up at the State College Airport when I first arrived. That was the only disappointment with my visit.) I would definitely choose to stay at this HGI if I have business again at Penn State. The property was well-run, clean, and everything in the room was in working order. If you go, do have dinner at their restaurant. You won't be disappointed. Many thanks to all who helped make this a good stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

Stayed at the Hilton to visit my daughter at Penn State. It was convenient, clean, had a nice small pool and exercise facilities, both of which were empty and available. Did not eat there. Front desk staff was indifferent but little matter. Would definitely stay there again. Got an excellent rate for this non-football weekend.

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We stayed at the Hilton for THON weekend this year. The room was excellent - large enough to comfortable accommodate 4 adults. The only strange thing was that the bathroom did not have a fan, so it was a bit musty. However, in a hurry to leave early Sunday morning to get to THON, I accidentally left my coat in the room. I called hotel the next day and they offered to mail it to me, for FREE. The staff was extremely friendly and the service was wonderful. We'll definitely stay here again when in town!

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Spent one night here to visit family - location is good and hotel is always reliably clean. Beds are very good. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

Nice location, clean room, good omelettes at the breakfast buffet. They have a small bar that allows you to relax without the crowd after a busy day.
One of my first choices when staying in the area.

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Property: Hilton Garden Inn State College
Address: 1221 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-6810
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Region: United States > Pennsylvania > State College
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in State College
#9 Romantic Hotel in State College
#10 Business Hotel in State College
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hilton Garden Inn State College 3*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel in State College, PA is located only one half mile from Beaver Stadium, Lubrano Park/Medlar Field Baseball Stadium, and The Bryce Jordan Center. Plus, we're located one mile south of the Penn State University campus and downtown State College (with a plethora of specialty shops, theater and popular restaurants in the downtown area). Choose from several comfortable guest rooms, or upgrade to one of our luxurious suites that include a separate living area and sofa bed. Enjoy complimentary WiFi, microwaves and mini-refrigerators, comfortable seating areas, a work desk with ergonomic chair as well as other room amenities, including granite bathroom counter tops. Guests who stay at Hilton Garden Inn State College enjoy: our fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, business center with complimentary printing, 24-Hr Pavilion Pantry Market(R), room service, our on-site restaurant and lounge, and more. Plan your next meeting, conference, wedding or event at our hotel with more than 2,300 sq. ft. of adaptable event and/or meeting space. We make wedding planning easy with our Personalized Online Group Program. ... more   less 
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