The Nittany Lion Inn
What We Love
- Penn State's historic, AAA Four Diamond hotel - includes a suite and a dining creditThe seven-AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hospitality (among other honors)
- The fine-dining room, with a wine list that's won 14 Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence
- The complimentary shuttle service and airport transportation
- The basket of fresh apples in the lobby, hand-polished by the hotel team
Winner of seven AAA Four Diamond Awards, membership in Historic Hotels of America and and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Expedia Insiders’ Select honors and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame inclusion, this Pennsylvania hotel is quite the overachiever – which is perfect, if you came here for a taste of collegiate culture. In fact, The Nittany Lion Inn is an official Penn State stay, with guest rooms in shades of blue and white and a pub called Whiskers.
So maybe you’re not staying here as a student – a current one, at least – but you can still pick up some knowledge outside of the classroom. The property will school you in fine food and wine, its dining room having won 14 Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, and its shuttle will show you what else is around. Hit the fitness center, visit local golf courses, and hang at the downtown shops. Or, perhaps, catch a team game, and wear your Nittany-lion pride loud and proud.
The accommodations at The Nittany Lion Inn have a heavy dose of school spirit, in the form of their shared blue-and-white palette. The spacious King suite includes separate sleeping and living quarters, with traditional furniture and modern touches, like a flat-screen cable HDTV and Keurig coffee maker.
Looking for locally sourced, traditional pub-style cuisine, with a bounty of vegan and vegetarian options? Look no further than Whiskers, The Nittany Lion Inn’s go-to spot for low-key dining, with fresh salads, a variety of sandwiches and burgers from Executive Chef Andrew Monk. The Dining Room offers a tempting selection of sophisticated options, like roasted-beet pasta and dry-aged beef. With a wine list that has won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2002, and history as a Penn State favorite for more than 85 years, this pub has earned its reputation among locals.
Home to Penn State, the town of State College is where visitors come to explore the well-known campus and catch some university sports (including baseball, basketball and football). But there’s more to this destination than interscholastic game days and school tours. You can also visit the Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery, one of the many stops along the Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail, which also includes breweries, distilleries and cider mills. Alternatively, discover the local Indian Caverns, Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park and the Arboretum at Penn State.
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It's been a tradition to stay at the Nittany Lion Inn! It's the best and the staff is the best.From the check-in to checkout, the experience is wonderful We stayed there when my son went to Penn State and we continue to stay there now that my grandson attends Penn State
My husband and I stayed at The Nittany Lion Inn for Penn State Homecoming weekend 2019. The inn itself was absolutely charming. We loved having a glass of wine and meal at the Whiskers restaurant. Their Nittany Lion lobster bisque was divine! The staff at the front desk, Whiskers Restaurant and the gift shop were friendly and helpful.
The best part was the location! We walked everywhere - to Beaver Stadium, to the Berkey Creamery and to downtown State College. We were just steps from the Nittany Lion Shrine and very much enjoyed exploring the campus on foot. When we return to State College, we will return to the Nittany Lion Inn!
Wonderful experience! The room was gorgeous, the staff so helpful and the food delicious! The conference rooms were great. The overall ambiance of the historic hotel was something to appreciate and of the course campus and surrounding areas are beautiful.