We stayed at The Ramada Inn in State College, while playing in a 15 year old boy's baseball tournament in Milroy, PA (about a 1/2 hour away) with my son's entire team and their families. I was in charge of booking the rooms for the entire group for a period of five days (or perhaps longer, depending on how well the boys did in the tournament). Brooke Bishop (Sales and Catering Manager) could not have been more helpful from beginning to end.
Some of the parents had some concerns about our choice of hotels after reading the reviews on trip advisory. I addressed them directly ahead of time with Brooke, and she completely put everyone's mind at ease prior to arrival. All concerns were addressed and all that was promised ahead of time was fulfilled. The General Manager of this hotel: Joe Thomas, went out of his way to thank me after choosing the hotel and directly giving them the opportunity to address our concerns. I recommend calling and speaking with them if you have any concerns about booking here (especially after reading some of the negative reviews on trip advisory), or if you just want to talk through what your specific needs are to see if they can accommodate you.
We stayed in the outdoor newly renovated section of the hotel, (more like a motel, where every room had their own entrance). For our purposes, the hotel was perfect! The rooms were clean. The service was great, every employee we encountered was pleasant and accommodating. There was an outdoor fenced in area with a very nicely kept pool, basketball court, volleyball pit and horse shoes, where our boys spent a ton of time. The restaurant had good food with a lot of menu choices for all ages and tastes, as well as healthy choices (including a very nice salad bar). It was walking distance to places to eat, and for those up to it, a nice "hike" (and 5 minute drive) to downtown State College and Penn State.
When not playing baseball, the boys had so much available for them to do that the parents were able to relax and enjoy their time there. Our own family stayed in one of the suites, which was also very nice. It was clean, had a very large bathroom, a big kitchen area with marble countertops, toaster, microwave, fridge, coffee maker etc. It was very roomy, which was important, since it was the central meeting place for parents and team members. During our "rainouts", there were several movies watched on the big flat screen TV in our living room area. I really recommend the suites!
There is also an indoor section, where the rooms overlook the indoor pool and Jacuzzi. There was a Wrestling camp going on there at the time of our stay, so we did not use the indoor facility. Although the smell of chlorine was apparent, even with all of the young teens in the hotel, the upkeep was maintained very well. I would, however, not recommend staying in this section of the hotel, simply based on the chlorine smell.
If your expectations are a five star hotel, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a nice "middle of the road" hotel to stay in that is reasonable in price, a good location, clean and nice service, or if you are traveling with a group with young kids or teenagers, this hotel is an excellent choice.
Every parent complimented and thanked me for the choice of hotels (which was a huge relief to me!!). I recommend this hotel!
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Inn And Conference Center State College
- Ramada Inn & Conference Center State College Hotel State College
- Ramada Inn State College
- Ramada State College
- State College Ramada