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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The staff was friendly and attentive. The hotel layout can be a little confusing but staff is alwaha there to point you in the right direction. The room was clean and charming. It was walking distance to downtown and the food was amazing. I won't stay anywhere else.
I have stayed at the Nittany Lion Inn three times. The greeters at the front door, and the front desk staff, are all extremely professional and friendly. The food at the bar, Whiskers, is good, and the atmosphere is low key and welcoming In the morning, there is a free coffee bar set up outside of the restaurants. The Nittany Lion Inn does a great job of making you feel welcome, appreciated, and taken care of..
I’m a Penn State alumni (1985). I have been coming to Penn State since 1975 when my sister started a Penn State, however, this was the very first time I’ve ever stayed at the Nittany Lion Inn. Somehow all along the way I got the mistaken impression that it was extremely expensive to stay there. That could not be further from the truth... it was affordable, it was a fabulous stay, conveniently located- of course- and the staff and service were top notch! Do not overlook this location based upon false impressions. If all other factors are equal, I will be choosing the Nittany Lion Inn-hands dow, without giving it a second thought!!!
The NLI’s charm is always a treat when returning to State College. Although there are newer hotels around campus, they just do not have the charm and feel of the Inn. After all, how do you top the warmth of beautiful fireplace in the lobby on a cold day in State College?
Great mood and setting for a visit. You feel like you stepped back in time. Wonderful location. Staff was very. I’ve and helpful. We were thrilled with our accommodations and the restaurant was amazing. The walk to theatre was very short even in cold weather.