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“Great Place to Stay for Campus Visit”
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Nittany Lion Inn
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in State College
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Leesburg, Virginia
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106 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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“Great Place to Stay for Campus Visit”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Stayed here with my son to visit Penn State. What a wonderful place to stay! Friendly staff, comfortable room, nice bathroom, charming historic hotel, and a great location for a visit to Penn State. Easy walk to campus and downtown restaurants (they offered the use of a free shuttle, which we didn't use). I got a great deal through Priceline which made this stay even better. Only suggestion for improvement is to update the bed coverings. I would definitely stay here again.

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River Vale, New Jersey
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Many universities have a special signature hotel on campus that captures the essence of the campus. That's the Nittany Lion Inn. It's a place where future students and parents mingle in the lobby with alumni that have been coming back to campus for 5 decades. All with some form of PSU clothing or luggage. I stayed here a number of times over the last four years, the first on our "college" visit. This past weekend for a PSU event and four weeks before graduation. Every time has been special. The Hotel just looks fantastic and is well maintained. The staff is always smiling and eager to help. I don't believe I've ever touched the front door as there is always someone there to grab my bags if needed. The rooms are pretty nice. I would update the bedding and pillows, but that's really the only issue. They sport two great restaurants, one a pub and the other very traditional. Parking is very easy with a 30 second walk to one of the campus parking garages. It's a great place to start a walk of campus as it's a minute from the Nittany Lion shrine. If you're visiting campus for the first time, stay here. If you're back for your 50 year PSU reunion you already know where to stay.

Room Tip: The hotel is long so if you're away from the main elevators it could be a hike.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Westchester Co., NY
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

I stayed for two nights attending a youth sports meeting at this facility. I was wondering what to expect, as the hotel's web site is somewhat minimal. The place looks old, but I was pleasantly surprised to find most features have been kept up to date. Staff seemed very helpful, room was clean, and technology (TV, wireless internet) all worked fine. Price, at least for our group rate, was great! I experienced the catering menu with a couple of meals in our meeting, and had no complaints (did not try the onsite restaurants). The room was fine - the only drawback being one can easily hear noise from the corridor. The place is quite large, and it can seem like a bit of a maze. There are over 200 guest rooms. Easy walk to downtown State College for restaurants and shopping. If I had a reason to be on the Penn State campus, I would not hesitate to stay here again.

Room Tip: Further you are from the elevators likely less noise from other guests (easy to hear corridor noise...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this review, 19 March 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with others who may choose to stay as our guests! I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope that on your next visit we can find a room that is even more suited to your preferences. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

My son and I were here for a hockey tournament. We decided to splurge a little. We had a fabulous time. Our room was very nice, but not as nice as the picture on the website. My son thought we would get canopy beds. We ordered room service twice and it was very good and priced well. The staff couldn't be friendlier. My son enjoyed the free apple every morning especially since he had some early morning games. We also loved the Keurig machine. I should have brought a couple of my own cups. We had breakfast at the hotel on a Sunday. We were early, so we had the breakfast not the brunch. The breakfast was a buffet, good, and reasonably priced. Most of the time we parked in front of the hotel, but when we couldn't, there was a garage right next door that we used. The front desk gave us a pass and it wasn't terribly inconvenient. The hotel is right on campus and close to everything. The only negative to our stay was the beds and the noise. The beds weren't very comfortable and I tossed and turned all night. In addition, we were in the room above the front door and as a result the people that were coming in late and loud could be heard in our room as well as the people up and at it really early. Overall, I would stay here again due to the staff, charm, convenience and restaurants.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this review, 19 March 2014
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your experience -- and certainly thank you for sharing your thoughts about the property and our team! Our apples are a time-honored tradition that we are glad your son enjoyed.
Part of the charm of the Inn is that we have many room options and floor plans to suit what most fits your needs. Many of our deluxe rooms do have canopy bedding and certainly we can note that as a desired room feature on upcoming stays with us. We are also excited to say that we have begun a project to replace the mattresses throughout the property, so we look forward to giving you a more restful night's sleep on your next visit!
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

This is a beautiful hotel on the Penn State campus. It has a professional and friendly staff, clean and nicely decorated rooms, great amenities, and wonderful restaurants. It is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. I highly recommend this hotel. It is worth every penny!

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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this review, 19 March 2014
Thank you for the wonderful note! We are thankful to have had the opportunity to have you as our guest and hope to see you again soon.
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Danville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

The overall layout and style shows the age of this hotel, in a good way. The corridors leading to the hallways with rooms are open, with views, seating areas, and bookshelves. There was a wood fireplace in the lobby with a gentle fire surrounded by the tick tock of a grandfather clock. It's a step back in time, but with modern amenities like free wifi and kureg brewers in the rooms. The rooms were a little small, but expected in an older hotel. I could not hear anyone in any rooms around me. Downtown and campus were easily walkable. I would definitely stay there again.

Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this review, 19 March 2014
What a beautiful description of the feeling at the Inn - thank you so much for sharing!
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Coatesville, Pa.
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

My wife and I have stayed at the Inn numerous times. We love the location (if you are attending events on campus) and the quiet, classy charm of the Nittany Lion Inn. The lobby is very welcoming with a warm fireplace and plenty of comfortable seating. They have added compimentary valet parking which is a nice plus. The parking garage is very convenient next door if you prefer to park yourself. It is free on weekends. You may get a parking ticket when your enter the garage but the gates are open when you leave. Just be sure to note the sections of the garage that are reserved for valet parking. There are also bellman to help with luggage if desired. The hotel has a classic look and feel. Rooms are nicely decorated, with Keurigs and there is complimentary wifi. There is also complimentary tea and coffee just outside the restaurant each morning. Suites have refrigerators and microwaves, and very comfortable recliners. We love the inn!

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PSHSReservationsMgr, Guest Relations Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
We think that the best vote of confidence is from our guests when they return! Thank you so much for sharing such a great description of your experience - we very much appreciate you taking the time to let others know about us. We look forward to seeing you and your wife on your next visit!
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Property: Nittany Lion Inn
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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