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“Great Value and Location”
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Nittany Lion Inn
Ranked #5 of 26 Hotels in State College
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 August 2014

There are not many downsides to this hotel, if any. It is located on the (quiet) edge of PSU campus, but you don't have to drive through campus to get to it. It is easy to find, and the staff are friendly, helpful, and not pretentious. Even though you are not on the main street downtown, you will not mind because State College is small, easy to walk, and this hotel has a free shuttle.

The rooms are very comfortable, come with everything you need (Keurig coffeemaker, mini-fridge, etc). It is handy to have a bar/restaurant downstairs, and they have an outside patio that anyone can use (I wasn't asked to purchase in the bar to use the patio). There is a free shuttle service, which means that they will pick up or drop off anyone that asks for it, no matter where in town you need to go. Yes, you read that correct. I asked three times if I heard them correct. So, if you add up the cost of parking and in-town transportation alone, you are saving a bunch of money.

Non-football weekends are half the cost of football-weekends, as is the case with every single place in State College on a PSU football weekend. If you don't care about football, then avoid State College in its entirety on a football weekend (and yes, it is worth checking on this!).

I can't really think of a reason why you would not want to stay here. In comparison to the several other hotels that are available in town, this one is the best I've stayed at--hands down-- for the money. The fact that you don't have to drive anywhere is a great plus, that and the fact that you're not stuck on the main drag of Atherton Ave (which is a big strip mall where all the other hotels and chain stores are). The hotel itself is unique, as well, having actual slate shingles.

Room Tip: All the rooms are huge and very nice, as far as I could tell.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank jayson t
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ReservationsDirector, Reservations Director at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

I am so happy to hear that you were able to appreciate some of what makes our Inn such a unique experience - and we are all thankful that you have taken the time to share your experience with others!
We very much hope that the next time your travels bring you to State College that we will have the opportunity to see you again. Thank you for spending time with us!

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

The front desk staff, transportation staff, and housekeeping staff were very friendly and helpful. The bed and pillows were so comfy that I slept like I was in my own bed. The Shower was very nice also. I enjoyed my stay very much.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Tammy L
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ReservationsDirector, Reservations Director at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts about our property. We are thankful that we had the opportunity to take care of you during your visit to Happy Valley and hope to see you again at another time.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Most courteous and genuine customer service I have experienced. Very soothing atmosphere. Appreciated the free shuttle service. Impressed with food provided for snacks and lunch during our meetings. Stayed for 2 nights, hated to leave!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Vicki C
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ReservationsDirector, Reservations Director at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

We are so pleased to hear that we made you feel so "at home" during your visit! We hope this means that we will see you again soon. Thank you so much for sharing your feedback and for allowing us to have you as our guest!

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

We stayed at the NLI both going to and returning from Detroit, with our infant daughter. Our first night was GREAT! Our room felt large & comfortable , the staff was very accommodating, the food at The Dining Room was excellent & we had a peaceful night sleep.

The second night, we found the staff fairly accommodating, but we had very loud neighbors! On one side it there was a repetitive pounding (laundry??), on the other side there was some loud 40's-'50's era music playing late into the night. we contacted the front at desk at 4 in the morning and they were slow to respond. Also, our bed sagged in the middle...

Very sad to have to report on such an experience at this otherwise lovely hotel, but felt it must be noted.

I would definitely consider staying here again... I'm not sure that I can say the same for my spouse though.


  • Stayed: August 2014
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1  Thank Kim S
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Comfortable bed, Keurig machine in room, large TV with good variety of stations, AC works well, friendly staff, free apples, on-campus location convenient to attending meetings there, prices are reasonable.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

My husband and I spent a weekend at the Nittany Lion Inn and it was wonderful. The hotel is lovely and the staff is great. The restaurant is wonderful. And, we had fun time at Whiskers for drinks. We hope to get back soon!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Beth1030
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Spent 1 night here during my son's orientation. People working here couldn't be nicer. From the accommodating valet parking guy to the extremely helpful front desk staff to the people responsible for the sparkling clean and modern rooms. We had a king bed suite which was incredibly comfortable. I needed a ride to the airport in the middle of the day "no problem sir". No charge by the way. Can you pick me up at the HUB? "No problem sir". Can u take me to my car to get my suitcase? "No problem sir". I stay 70 nights at Marriotts every year - Marriott could learn something from the fine people running this hotel. Absolutely outstanding job by all. Will stay here again.

Room Tip: Upgrade to the suite if you can
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank rikwynn
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ReservationsDirector, Reservations Director at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

We can't tell you how much your kind words mean to us; your confidence in our service is truly a testimony to our team and how much they enjoy taking care of our guests.
We look forward to many more visits from you. Please let us know how we can continue to make each one better.

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Additional Information about 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: £105 - £237 (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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