While walking around the Penn State Campus I happened upon The Nittany Lion Inn. The Inn is one of two hotel facilities run by the Hospitality Services Department of Penn State, the other being the Penn Stater Hotel.
As you can see from the accompanying photos, this 223 room hotel has a unique architecture, somewhat like that found in Colonial towns and Williamsburg, VA. This hotel, sitting in the midst of formal landscape and tall trees looked very appealing. Inside the decor is Colonial, but the layout is a little assymetrical. I never found what I would call a "real" lobby but maybe I was in the wrong part of the hotel. The hotel is home to a couple of special lounges, 2 restaurants (The Dining Room at the Inn and Whiskers), a gift shop, and several special events rooms. The hotel also states that it has a fitness center and a 4-hole putting green. There is no pool apparently.
Standard rooms come with Cable TV, free high-speed internet, a king or 2 double beds, hairdryer, ironing boards and coffee-makers, and phone with multiple lines. Oddly enough, the only difference in listed amenities for suites were toiletries!!!
Unique Quality: The Nittany Lion Inn gives the appearance of an old-world hotel with excellent accommodations and service. I don't think it would compare to some of the luxury hotels I've been lucky enough to stay in, but it looks very nice in any case. And if you are visiting Penn State University or attending a conference, this would be a nice place to stay. Their is a golf course very nearby. Check out their room packages such as the "Very Romantic Lion"; the "Very Pampered Lion"; "The Very Important Lion," etc. Packages start at $129 plus tax.
The "Dining Room at the Inn" restaurant seems to have an excellent menu: appetizers such as the Thai Shrimp and Green Mango look particularly good at $9; entrees run from $15 for a vegetarian dish to $36 for the 20oz. Cowboy Steak which is pretty pricey for my pocket.
Whiskers Lounge is the more casual venue which serves appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and desserts. The highest priced entree on their menu are the Seafood Salad and the Crab Cake Sandwich, both at $10.95.
What's really nice is that the restaurants use dairy products from the university's own dairy!!
Directions: Just off Atherton Street, the main road through town. Just inside the PSU campus.
Built in 1931, this Dutch Colonial-style inn sits on the Penn State campus and is owned and operated by PSU. It has 237 guest rooms, 13 executive suites; dining room and lounge; fitness room; two 18-hole golf courses and use of campus recreational facilities, including swimming and tennis; campus museums and theaters. Listed with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Unique Quality: Whiskers Lounge Patio....
Directions: On PSU campus (westside).
200 West Park Ave., State College
215 Innovation Blvd, State College
1274 North Atherton Street, Business Route 322, State College
111 Village Dr., State College
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Address: 200 West Park Ave., State College, Pennsylvania, 16803, United States