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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
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Overview

A suite at an award-winning Historic Hotel of America deemed an official Penn State stay, with a dining credit

The Lowdown

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.

Suites

 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. 

Dining

 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.

Location

 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.

How to Get There

The Nittany Lion Inn
200 West Park Ave.
State College, PA United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 968 Reviews
Your reservation is not in the system and it’s your fault!
Reviewed 11 hours ago

Just came and checked
in. Everything in place and order according to my email which is produced by the hotel’s system. Made it 27 days ago and got email with confirmation with my name, address and date. But they cannot find it. The lady at the front desk very decent but unable to handle the situation. The gentleman, a condescending individual who treats me as I don’t know what is the procedure of checking in and perhaps traveling at all. I simply requested my room and for them to honor the fees. I did get a room. Not sure if they will honor the fee until my card is refunded for the extra charge. As for the gentleman who implied that I was lying even with proof of my reservation, please make sure never to call a guest a liar in from of his/her child!!

Lovely stay at Penn State U. in State College
Reviewed 1 day ago

Comfortable, clean room with all of the amenities. Beautiful view of the courtyard trees in full bloom outside of our window. Friendly and helpful staff. This is a grand old hotel with the grace of times gone by plus all of the conveniences of new and modern lodging.

Super clean and lovely rooms
Reviewed 2 days ago

Headed to PSU for a Parent Pub Crawl with our daughter and friends. Stayed one night. Rooms were super clean and felt more like you were staying at a friends guest house than a hotel as the furniture felt like home. Food was delicious and the breakfast buffet was reasonable with lots of choices . The place is deceiving from the outside.... it is huge! Best perk..., the famous Nittany Lion statue behind the building for photo ops! Very friendly staff!

Time for an overhaul
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Nittany Lion is a campus landmark...but it is time for a renovation. The rooms are musty, dingy and need attention in the bathrooms- as well the bedding/mattresses need an upgrade. The front desk is mostly friendly but the valets can be very rude. Too bad...it is a great on campus location!

GREAT place to stay in State College
Reviewed 3 days ago

i love the NLI, but the mark-up when there is anything football going on is unreal. The food is excellent, Whiskers is a GREAT bar and the service is outstanding. The price of the room when football is doing something is about double, though