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Nittany Lion Inn
Ranked #5 of 26 Hotels in State College
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 August 2012

This is a really nice hotel, well situated and nicely furnished rooms. The hotel is not to far away from the Penn State College, it's an easily walking distance. The service is very good, and all are very friendly, I can highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

We love this place!

My wife and I have stayed here at least once a year for more than ten years and it has never disappointed us.  The staff does a great job of keeping it looking as if it were new, although the older section dates back to 1931.  We usually stay in the new section, but this time we got a room in the old section.  If you were not familiar with the Inn you wouldn't know the old section from the new.  The rooms in the old section are arranged differently and may be a bit smaller, but our room had a large Jacuzzi which we had never seen in the new section.  One thing about the old section is that you don't get instantly hot water but that is no biggie.  The Inn is on the edge of the campus and it is a easy walk to the main campus locations and downtown.  Remember that the Inn provides free and friendly rides to just about anywhere in town if you don't want to walk, and they will come and pick you up also.  Just ask at the front desk.  A nice touch is the lending library on the third and fourth floor.  If you visit Penn State this is the place to stay.

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Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

My fiance and I stayed here with two of our friends over the course of Ag Progress Days. When we arrived we realized there was no available parking for his F250 and it was too high for the garage so the bellmen assisted him with parking it in the lane, although they did make him try to fit the truck into the parking garage. We valeted it. The bellman were very helpful, as were the front desk. I was surprised when I had asked to purchase Excedrin for my fiance and the front desk told me I could find it in the gift shop, which was closed - and they would not open it for me to get it. The room was very clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. My friends and I had not asked for adjoining rooms but we did get them and it was very nice to be accommodated without asking! The lobby did have beautiful flowers all over and I also did enjoy the fact that we were right on campus.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2012

Thank you so much for giving us such great feedback from your stay with us! I am truly glad that you enjoyed your stay. I am sorry to hear that your fiance was a little under the weather! We do have many complimentary toiletries that we can provide if you forget them; unfortunately, for safety reasons we are not able to provide medication. We are always happy to help with a quick shuttle to a local pharmacy if the need would arise! Thank you again for staying with us - we hope to see you again next year!

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Reviewed 13 August 2012

I stayed at the Nittany Lion Inn for a conference I was attending at the hotel.

The rooms were spacious and it is nice to have a refrigerator and microwave in the room. The room also had a nice desk and chair which allowed for ample room for working. The free shuttle service is definitely a plus.

The negatives are few, but very big for me.
-The walls are paper thin, so you can hear everything in the room attached to yours. This
creates some sleepless nights if you have a loud or even active neighbor.

-The wifi in the hotel is absolutely horrible. You can pick it up in some areas, but not others.
This created some difficulties for me.

-The hotel needs a big updating. The decor is dated and needs to be a little more modern.

-The food at the hotel was not the best of quality. I only ate at the buffet and didn't like much
of anything I had. Everything looked great, but didn't taste as good as at looked.

For the price, I believe the hotel should be a bit nicer. The options are limited in the area and I fear they take advantage of that.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2012

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Inn - we value all feedback we receive!
We are happy to customize your stay with us to accommodate as many of your preferences as possible. Approximately ten days prior to each arrival, you should receive a concierge letter to your email inbox that allows you to select a variety of room features, amenities and special requests for your upcoming stay. Each guest's reason for visit varies so if you would like to have a quieter room with stronger internet access, we can certainly work to get you in the most comfortable location.
Thank you again for your feedback - we hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 10 August 2012

It is a nice hotel and rooms are good. Nothing is really spectacular, but it is comfortable. The staff is very friendly. It is a nice exterior and some pretty spaces inside. The hot tub is nice, but for some reason the main powerful jets pretty much shoot up your crotch. Not sure if that design was on purpose. Meeting spaces are nice, we had breakfast buffets arranged for our group and somethings were good (bacon, pastries, banana bread french toast) some were surprisingly bad (especially the bagels...not sure how you screw them up so badly, we get grocery store frozen bagels that are way better). We had a dinner buffet for us as well, and it was a pretty good meal.

One thing, I saw another reviewer complain about was the noise. I did not have a problem at night, but could definitely see that happening. The walls seemed pretty sound-proof, but the doors were definitely on the extreme end of allowing noise through. Walking down the halls, you can here people's quiet conversations very clearly. It stood out to me more than any other hotel I have stayed. It seems strange for an old hotel to have sound-proof walls (because they would be very difficult to improve through renovation) and have such weak doors, which would be comparatively so much easier to upgrade).

I went to their sister hotel to use the pool and it was nice.

It is a nice area, I loved hiking and biking at Rothrock state forest (by Tussey ski mtn.)

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 August 2012

I remember the food as very good, but what stood out in my mind (and still does) is their FAMOUS Lobster Bisque!! (Now I found the recipe since I don't live in SC anymore). I dream of this soup at night....so good. I have tried many locations' lobster bisque, and this one is still tops.

Service was attentive and staff was courteous.

Can you get that my review states you should try the Lobster Bisque?? :-)

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2012

Alanna, thank you so very much for the vote of approval! We are pretty proud of our lobster bisque and so glad that it was as good as you remembered it. Even though you can now make it at home, you are always welcome to come back at any time so all you have to do is relax and enjoy. Thanks for stopping in!

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Reviewed 1 August 2012

We have lived in State College for awhile and have been in the restaurants multiple times, and we've had visiting family stay here overnight, but this was OUR first time actually staying there. My hotel experience here has justified the buzz about the hotel that circulates here in Happy Valley.

Upon arrival, no doormen were outside, unlike the other times I've been to the hotel for a university-related event. But the receptionist greeted us warmly and chatted with us in a way that showed genuine interest in why we were staying and what we were doing in State College. The newly revamped lobby areas are gorgeous and really make you feel that you are in a nice place.

Our room is the basic model. The furniture is very attractive, and the blue-and-white scheme really underscores the Penn State connection. Our room was neither cramped nor spacious. It's very clean (the bathroom is especially clean), though some of the linens have some permanent staining (nothing too bad). The television is new and good-quality. It took us awhile to locate the ice bucket, but it was there. The alarm clock and hair dryer could need to be updated, but they work just fine. The wifi is easy to use and lightning-fast. I like the full-length mirror in a convenient place for getting ready.

We ate at Whiskers (the bar area) for dinner, as the hotel's dining room was too formal and stuffy for our mood last night, as we were tired and wanted to feel comfortable. Whiskers was great; good service, great views of a pretty courtyard, and decent beer selection. (Try the local beers, like Elk Creek or Otto's!) The food was hot, fresh, good, and plentiful. The lobster bisque is their specialty; if you like cream-based soups, it's delicious. My husband loves their meatloaf.

I don't know why it's rated so low among the hotels in State College. It's the best place if you want to feel what Penn State is really like. I hope to come again.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2012

Shawna, we appreciate your feedback and are so glad you were able to experience the tradition of "Penn State's Living Room"! We are working to revitalize the rooms, including the arrival of new clock radios with ipod docking stations and welcome any additional suggestions you may have for an improved experience. We hope to have you as our guest again soon!

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Address: 200 W Park Ave, State College, PA 16803-3598
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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 Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in State College
#2 Family Hotel in State College
#6 Business Hotel in State College
Price Range: £105 - £243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nittany Lion Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 223
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Nittany Lion Inn is a Penn State landmark, rich in history and tradition and a proud member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Our AAA Four Diamond rated property is located on the campus of The Pennsylvania State University, serving as a travelers’ haven and a popular gathering place for Penn State alumni. ... more   less 
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