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4.3 out of 5

"Beautiful old inn, parking lot is very small, but there is a parking garage right next door which is extremely convenient.. " More

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Hotel Description

3.5-star historic hotel near Pennsylvania State University

City center stay

Your stay at this State College hotel places you within a 10-minute walk of Pennsylvania State University and Palmer Museum of Art. The Arboretum at Penn State and Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Free shuttle, parking

This hotel features a restaurant, a gym, 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.

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


Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

The Nittany Lion Inn ratings based on 13 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 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 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Nittany Lion Inn

Everyone (8) Couples (1) Family (2)
1 out of 5

Posted by on Feb 23, 2020

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5 out of 5
Beautiful old inn, parking lot is very small, but there is a parking garage right next door which is extremely convenient..

Posted by on Dec 22, 2019

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5 out of 5
Our family enjoyed having a couple of options for dining that would accommodate children and please adults as well. We experienced exceptional service in The Dining Room for breakfast and dinner. Wiskers is much more laid back and casual offering great drink selection and good food, with equally great service. For a hotel that is 90 years old the building and amenities are in great shape, offering several loung areas for reading, multiple ballrooms, and a small but well appointed fitness room with state of the art cardio equipment. The room was standard size with nice furnishings and well decorated. The bathroom did offer a nice size tub for soaking after long day of exploring the campus and catching a few games. The Inn is very easy to get in and out of with plenty of parking options close, which in State College is a huge plus. It is within walking distance to many of the activities on campus and shopping and dining options are only a short walk. Conveniently The Lion Shrine is steps away as well as Rec Hall. I would recommend this property as the history and architecture are a throw back to the past, while bringing technology into the fold and wrapping it in a unique package.

Posted by on Dec 2, 2019

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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

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019

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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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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) and includes conference space. A roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) 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. Free self parking and valet parking are available. 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
  • Conference space
  • 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
  • Bar or lounge
  • Dining venue

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Free area shuttle
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , High-speed internet access

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Internet access in public areas - high speed


Free self parking , Free valet parking


  • 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 (free)
  • 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 from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

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 contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

This property offers transfers from the airport. Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The Nittany Lion Inn offers transfers from the airport. Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

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

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be 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

Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

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 may be 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.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Cash is not accepted.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-out is available. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property follows sanitization practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guest stays


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 10 and USD 30 for adults, USD 10 and USD 30 for children (approximately)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability)

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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Frequently Asked Questions

*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.