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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We chose the Nittany Lion Inn to celebrate our engagement and could not have been happier with our experience. Tom, the General Manager, whom I'm sure has many things on his agenda, took time out of his busy day to personally call me and assist with setting up the finer details of celebrating our special occasion. His thoughtfulness went a long way, with special thanks to our dinner experience with Jill as our server. She was perfect and even brought over soda water when she overheard that I had some sauce fall on my shirt. Our meals were delicious and we definitely recommend the cheese plate!
The Inn is a special place for so many including myself - we look forward to the opportunity of returning in the future and thank Tom, Jason and all of their staff for exceeding our expectations.
The Nittany Inn is a great place to stay when visiting Penn State. Located on campus you can walk to any part of the campus and if needed it also has shuttles. Can’t go wrong by staying at the Nottany
This is our kind of hotel! Gorgeous location. Early in the season (mid May) but flower beds were all done beautifully and landscaping was just exceptional.
Beautiful, elegant hotel but so friendly and welcoming. Not stuffy at all. Loved it! Front desk so happy to help and give directions, etc. Free valet parking. The hotel is located right on campus so you walk out the door and onto the university grounds. They are immaculately maintained and a really nice area to walk around. Students gone when we were there so probably a quieter visit for sure!
Our room was beautiful and spotless. Prices very reasonable for a hotel of this quality. Overall top rate experience. Can't imagine anything else in this area of this caliber. Highly recommend!
Excellent staff, outstanding service and delicious food. Love staying here. It is within walkable distance anywhere on campus and the accommodations are clean and very well maintained. Housekeeping is particularly responsive to any requests to improve your stay.
We enjoyed our stay here during our first visit to Penn State. Rate was competitive. Room size very nice (two queen plus sofa bed). Restaurant offered good breakfast options and prices were reasonable. Grounds beautiful. Location very good. Shuttle was great for going out to local establishments.