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4.5 out of 5

"Things were hectic upon our arrival but the front desk staff was very calm, professional, efficient. You notice the apples by the door for your enjoy ... " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 05 Dec 2017

Hotel Description

3.5-star historic hotel near Pennsylvania State University

In State College

With a stay at this well-placed hotel, you'll be half a mile (1 km) from Pennsylvania State University and within 2 miles (3 km) of Bryce Jordan Center. Also, Palmer Museum of Art is within half a mile (1 km) and Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania is within 2 miles (3 km).

Free shuttle, parking

This hotel features a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge. There's no skimping on freebies - guests receive free WiFi, free valet parking, and a free airport shuttle. You'll appreciate the free area shuttle, free self parking, and dry cleaning.

Free WiFi, iPod docks

The 223 guestrooms have flat-screen TVs with cable channels and offer free WiFi and iPod docks. Room service, coffee/tea makers, and free bottled water are also available.

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$139* Per night/room Nov 10 - Nov 11

Suite, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Superior Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Nittany Lion Inn ratings based on 19 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Nittany Lion Inn

Everyone (7) Family (1)
5 out of 5
The complimentary valet service was a plus. They had a free shuttle, which we used several times daily. The drivers were polite and very friendly.

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019

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4 out of 5
Can't beat the historic feel and location, with all the amenities of a modern hotel. Liked being able to park in the five story garage nearby.

Posted by on Jul 31, 2019

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5 out of 5

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1 out of 5

Posted by on Apr 28, 2019

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5 out of 5

Lovely and relaxing

Pros: The lobby and circular lobby are wonderful spaces to relax....enjoy a fireplace.
Location: This facility is on the Penn State Campus across the street from Rec Hall. You are close to everything Penn State.
Things were hectic upon our arrival but the front desk staff was very calm, professional, efficient. You notice the apples by the door for your enjoyment and the fireplace as you head to your room. The room is very nice with lots of connections for your various devices. Everything was clean and comfortable. We found ourselves just sitting at times in the circular room that connects the lobby with access to rooms, elevators, and eateries with a huge decorated Christmas tree, just relaxing as we waited for others. We had meals at both Whiskers and the Dining room. The only problem was not being able to turn the TV on. We contacted the front desk and within 5 minutes we had someone there to correct the problem. Problem solved. It was a nice treat on a busy Penn State volleyball weekend.

Posted by , from Nanticoke PA on Dec 5, 2017

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5 out of 5


We were very pleased with the accommodations provided to us.

Posted by , from Fla on Jun 20, 2017

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5 out of 5

One of the world's great hotels

Pros: The staff
Cons: Place bath soap in the bath's soap dish, not at the sink.
Location: The university is bursting with things to see and do!
Having stayed in many great and famous hotels around the world, I always calibrate excellence by referring to the NLI staff. Well selected, well trained, well managed, they go about their tasks with a quiet ease. It's the staff that makes the hotel.

Posted by , from nh on Jul 24, 2015

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5 out of 5

Overnight for July 4th fireworks

Wife and I reserved a one night stay for 4th fest. Everyone very helpful and accomodating. Facilities were well kept and very clean. Brunch was outstanding. Would recommend to everyone and not just the Penn State faithful. Fireworks must be experienced at least once by everyone. We will reserve rooms there again.

Posted by , from Grove City, Pa on Jul 6, 2015

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5 out of 5

There is no better place to stay in State College

Whether you are visiting State College on business, or a universty event or a football weekend The Nittany Lion Inn is warm & welcoming, the rooms are comfortable with nice amenities there is nothing even close to comparable in the area. It is always my first choice!

Posted by , from Alexandria VA on Nov 17, 2014

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5 out of 5


Pros: Free Internet, Quiet
Everything a visitor could wish for and more. Friendly, helpful staff, well-appointed and comfortable room. Our special request was taken care of prior to arrival. We will definitely stay here again.

Posted by , from Tonawanda, NY, USA on Nov 16, 2012

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. Event space at this hotel measures 20000 square feet (1800 square meters). A roundtrip airport shuttle and an area shuttle are free. A fitness center, tour/ticket assistance, and gift shops/newsstands are also featured at the historic The Nittany Lion Inn. Self parking and valet parking are free. You'll have access to the indoor pool at a partner property. This 3.5-star State College hotel is smoke free.

  • 223 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 20000 sq ft of conference space
  • 1800 sq m of conference space
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Rollaway/extra beds available
  • Free area shuttle
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Free valet parking


  • Airport: State College, PA (SCE-University Park) (8.9 km / 5.5 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle and area shuttle
  • Parking: Free valet parking and self parking

Room Amenities

The Nittany Lion Inn offers 223 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and safes. Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea makers. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds available
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily.

The Dining Room - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Whiskers Pub - This pub serves lunch and dinner.

Room service is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a fitness center.

  • Golfing nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 8 and USD 20 per person (approximately)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Nittany Inn
  • Nittany Lion
  • Nittany Lion Inn
  • Nittany Lion Inn State College
  • Nittany Lion State College
  • The Nittany Lion Inn Hotel
  • The Nittany Lion Inn State College
  • The Nittany Lion Inn Hotel State College

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

  • The property is a member of Historic Hotels of America.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.