First, I would like to note that the room at Carnegie Inn and Spa was exceptionally clean, very quiet and exceedingly comfortable. The bathroom was spacious and well-appointed with high quality products. Only 2 items kept this from being the “perfect room”. First, the A/C-Heat unit runs constantly and a torn trim on the window blind that should have been obvious to the cleaning staff was left hanging.
We visited on Thanksgiving weekend, which is an extremely slow time of year, but we felt uncomfortable with the front door-bell ringing every time anyone entered or left the building. Also, we felt the library and lounge should be more welcoming to hotel guests. On Friday afternoon at 4 PM, long after breakfast had been served; the staff was busy vacuuming the rugs in the dining room and library which was off-putting to my wife and me as we wanted to relax, but not in our room. Chairs, not couches, grace the lounge area and are not very comfortable to read a book or just hang out.
As I said, we were there for Thanksgiving and had made reservations for dinner in the restaurant. We were very hungry and had already reviewed the menu, so we opted to bypass the library before entering the dining room. Normally, I would think this would be a pretty cool approach to ordering, but the pace was very slow. The restaurant was not overwhelmed, but everything took a very long time to be served, especially with a limited menu. The amuse’ was very good (a fried potato puff and shrimp, each with delicious sauces) and the desserts were absolutely delicious (Apple dumpling and chocolate pecan pie), the turkey dinner was…a turkey dinner. We really thought that there could have had a more creative spin from such a renowned chef.
Breakfast at the hotel was very good, but the menu was the same for both mornings. We had to ask each morning for ketchup for our potatoes and for raw sugar for our coffee…I would think this would be a standard.
As I began, I want to assure you that we found Carnegie Inn and Spa a delightful place and overall our experience was warm and comforting, which highlighted even more the few off notes in our experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the tranquil woodlands encircling State College, PA is a destination of innumerable charms - Carnegie Inn & Spa - an intimate little gem in the tradition of the finest European country manors. We invite you to experience the first AAA Four-Diamond hotel in central Pennsylvania, just the first of many distinctions setting the Inn apart as someplace truly special.Carnegie Inn & Spa is elegance personified, with a brand of hospitality and warmth long since vanished from the impersonal, chain-style hotels.But the most delightful surprise comes when you find out that we only look expensive... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carnegie House Hotel State College