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“The customer Service is the best I've seen!”
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The Atherton Hotel
Ranked #12 of 26 Hotels in State College
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The customer Service is the best I've seen!”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Edward and Maggie did their best to help on my last minute trip... the best customer service I've seen... very attempted and king staff.. they provide a 5 star customer service!
I travel a lot been in hotel more the 100 times during the year for business and I can say is a "customer service" I give them a 10
Now is a hotel "the Lobby" is very welcome the only bad things is the property is on urgent need of an update.in the rooms (I've been there 4 times) they are all old and bad condition only good thing on room was the plasma tv..., way too much light in the room making unable to sleep when the sun rises early morning or if you're on need to sleep during the day... toiletries, curtains, linens are on terrible and cheap conditions and I have seen more qualities even on motels...
The hotel has potential for to be the best on the area..., Great Location and Amazing Staff, we can see they expended a lot in the lobby and forgot to make what really matters a comfortable, nice looking, well functioning and update air conditioning, quality toiletries etc.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Butler, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Atherton Hotel is an older hotel but it was nice. The food at the bar was very good. Sandwiches were big. We visited a niece who went to Penn State and having a separate living room was nice for us to visit.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2013

Our recent stay at The Atherton was not our first, in fact, it's our preferred hotel when visiting State College for PSU football weekends. It has a great location and really everything you might need during a hotel stay.

The front desk staff was very accomodating and tried to re-arrange our room to have better wi-fi capability. We ended up keeping our room, but the effort and customer service surrounding the move was outstanding.

If I could offer a few suggestions, be sure the visit the lobby level. It's really pretty and easy to bypass with the way the elevator is set up. The hotel rooms themselves could use a little updating in terms of the bedding and overall decor, but beds were comfortable, room was clean, and that's most important.

You can't go wrong at The Atherton.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank you for your comments and review. We sincerely appreciate your patronage of The Atherton Hotel.
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Manasquan, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2013

I stayed here to attend a conference at Penn State. The location is excellent, just next to the campus, but the place is old, the air conditioning only worked if you pushed as hard as you could on the button in the old window unit, and then when it was on it was very noisy. There were rust stains in the bathroom. The wi-fi did not work in my room at the end of the corridor. When I called about it, they said that the hotel was full and there were too many users. This is a very lame excuse. I suspect the signal was not strong enough to even get that far, as they have too few antennas. I finally had to go down to the lobby to use wi-fi - very inconvenient. Only stay here if you have no alternatives. I only stayed here as it was booked by my hosts because the Nitanny Lion Inn was full. Stay there if you can.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to comment. If we know of an issue during your stay we will absolutely do everything we can to rectify the issue to your satisfaction during your stay. Please consider contacting me so that we can make the appropriate resolution a reality. I will welcome your call or email.
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

My wife and I wanted to get away for the weekend (labor day) since it was not a game weekend and we wanted to stay away from the holiday crowds state college was ideal.
The Atherton hasn't changed much in 30 years ...thankfully.
Clean large rooms, superb location for walking the town and campus and spot on staff make it a favorite.
Keep in mind this is not a new hotel and there may be a bit of peeling paper in the corners but the sense of solid "old school" comfort permeates throughout. ( love the little things like a mechanical bell announcing each floor in the elevators), a baby grand in the lobby...
The windows are old. Not close to sound proof and some partiers could be heard in the alley... But hey, it's a college town.
We'll happily continue our visits to the Atherton.

  • Stayed September 2013
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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Thank you very much for your compliments and comments. We appreciate your business and your willingness to share your review. All guest comments are shared with our staff as well.
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Philadelphia, PA
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

You still cannot beat the location of this hotel - right on the edge of campus so that you can leave the car in the hotel's parking garage (you pay per day, of course) and walk wherever you want to go. The hotel has seen better days and would greatly benefit from upgrades to the HVAC, some of the furniture and replacing all of the bed spreads.

Even though the location was terrific, the rate was not worth it. On my next trip to Penn State, I a m more likely to stay at a hotel further from campus with a better rate.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay. Please know that we have recently replaced all the hotel's bedding and coverlets. If at any time there is anything at all that you do not like about your room during your stay we are happy to have the opportunity to change your room or resolve the matter to your satisfaction during your stay.
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Reviewed 24 August 2013 via mobile

Upon entering room got instant whiff of musty odor. Luckily window would open so we could air out the mustiness somewhat. Inspected room and noticed mold on baseboard next to hvac unit. Took pictures and sprayed Lysol on it. I will make other lodging arrangements in the future. I wish no ill will just my experience.

  • Stayed August 2013
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TheAthertonHotel, General Manager at The Atherton Hotel, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Thank you for your comments and time in writing a review. Please know that we are happy to have the opportunity during your stay to rectify any situation to your satisfaction. We appreciate your business and hope you will visit us again.
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Property: The Atherton Hotel
Address: 125 S Atherton St, State College, PA 16801-3827
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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 ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Business Hotel in State College
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Atherton Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
150 room full service hotel in the heart of downtown State College, PA. One block from Penn State University. Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, restaurant, bar, room service, excellent location. ... more   less 
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