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Reviewed 15 June 2011

Loved this hotel when we first arrived for a 4 day trip -- wonderful decor, great sitting rooms, beautiful building. The library is just beautiful. However, it was difficult to stay here for a longer period of time. We knew it was far away from everything, but didn't know how difficult it would be to eat here -- no lunch was served and dinner was way too expensive. The cost and arrangement of dinner along with the dining room itself felt horribly inaccessible for someone just staying at the hotel -- too fancy for a hotel guest. The temperature and atmosphere of the common rooms and dining area was cold, and we repeatedly had to search for someone to seat us and help us. Despite the construction and the obvious transition period they were in, it still would have been nice to feel treated more like a guest.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled on business
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hamco4, Manager at Carnegie Inn & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2011

We thank you for visiting with us and do want to apologize to you for the problems you experienced with dining during your visit. We have completed the construction and are now serving lunch Monday through Friday and we have increased the offerings of our complimentary cooked to order breakfast seven days a week.
We also apologize for the lack of personal service that you experienced and are pleased to let you know that we have increased our staffing to make sure our guests do not have to look for assistance.
Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your experiences as this greatly helps us to continue to improve.

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Reviewed 3 August 2010

We stayed at the Carnegie House and were blown away. The room was spacious and comfortable. I took a long soak in the oversized spa like bathtub and my strees melted away. Thestaff went far and beyond to make us feel welcome and well cared for. We dined on the back porch and admired the beautiful wildflowers and simple serenity this place had to offer. It also includes a fabulous made to order breakfast. If you need a break from the city or are looking for simple getaway, this is it.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2010

Accompanied my husband for business. The hotel is charming with nice sized rooms and bathroom with a wonderful soaking tub, separate shower and super comfortable bed. Lovely grounds but we were most impressed with the staff. The most helpful and friendly staff I think I have ever encountered. It was a slow day at the hotel and we could not make the 9:30 cut off time for breakfast due to a meeting. It was at least an hour after the dining room closed but the chef came out and asked us what we wanted and cooked it fresh for us.
Would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 January 2010

My husband and I visited in winter -- it must be so beautiful in the green seasons! It's in a quiet location, attached to a golf course. The view out of every window is bucolic. It is an inn rather than a hotel, a little big for a B&B but so polished and friendly! The decor is especially handsome -- shiny brass, flowered materials. Each room has a seating area and a unique decorating scheme. The bathroom -- it was bigger than my kitchen! A shower AND a soaking tub, immaculately clean.
When you arrive, you tell the innkeeper what time you'd like to have dinner. Then we went up to our room and sat, relaxing and talking. Then it was time for dinner, so we went to The Library, where other guests were gathered before dinner. It IS a library, with many seatings areas of sofas and chairs. We sat and gave a wine order to the pleasant server who immediately stopped by. She also gave us menus, and so we ordered before going into the dining room. A bit later, we were shown to our table. It was an elegant way to begin a splendid dinner.
We also had breakfast in that dining room, full and excellent.
This is a gracious and quiet inn, designed for to pampered you in style. We loved it and plan to be back.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2009

The positive - nice bed, bathtub
The Negatives - for $400 a night plus tax in the middle of nowhere I expect a lot more service and comfort. Booked this hotel solely on the great recommendations, it was a mistake. This hotel is perfect for an older crowd with money to burn, its a quiet place with nice homey feel, but it offers no luxurious amenities usually associated with a highly priced hotel once again in the middle of nowhere. Had it been priced at $200 I would of not been prompted to write my 1st review ever. But when I am shelling out $400 a night I expect there to be a smartly placed decor, not a big clunky armor with an ancient tv in it placed so that no one can watch it. Also when it is clearly said over the phone that a shuttle will be provided, when in fact you have to hike a mile to another hotel to get a shuttle to Penn State that only runs after the games have started or 3 hours before, not cool! The host did nothing to help me in the situation, laughing when I asked about public transport, not knowing the schedule for it. It seemed like the host had no clue about typical issues that any hotel once again for $400 should know. They were not helpful in any way! There was nothing that distinguished this hotel from any other $200 priced ones in great cities like Boston, Seattle, or San Diego and those provided all the things like flat screen tvs, slippers, cuetips, and etc. These things are not important but are expected when paying so much.

This was suppose to be a great little getaway from a highly stressed overworked environment, it turned out to be just another stressful weekend not a relaxing and comfortable one. I will not be returning to this hotel!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Rebeckah, Manager at Carnegie Inn & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2009

We at Carnegie House deeply regret that you did not enjoy your stay. I have spoken to each of our staff about the game day transportation so further miscommunication will not occur. Carnegie House guests have quick access to the Penn State game shuttle via a 5 minute walk to the Toftrees resort, along a winding wooded path through the golf course. The shuttle runs continuously from 3 hours before the game until kick-off and for an hour and half after the game. Carnegie House is dedicated to providing our guests with superior customer service, so we very much appreciate that you took your time to share your comments. We wish the very best for you in all of your travels.

Rebeckah Flowers

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