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"This inn is a favorite among alumni" -- Travel + Leisure

The Nittany Lion Inn

State College, PA
  • Open since 1931, it's the only hotel within the Penn State University campus
  • It has a quaint, charming atmosphere, with Colonial-style architecture and decor
  • Free services include parking, Wi-Fi and local shuttle transfers, even to football games
  • The restaurant's 5,000-bottle wine cellar is recommended by Wine Spectator
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200 West Park Avenue
State College, PA, 16803
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Named after Penn State University's mascot, the Nittany Lion Inn is a cozy hotel with a quaint atmosphere that belies its many conveniences and considerable size. It’s been a campus institution since it opened in 1931 and is still very traditional, with a white-washed façade with colonial-style shutters, a peaceful courtyard and a grand columned entrance.

The charming rooms and free services, including Wi-Fi access, parking and local shuttle transfers, make this one of America’s Top College Hotels, as chosen by Travel + Leisure in 2012. It is set within the western borders of Penn State campus, a 10-minute drive from I99 and 20 minutes from I80. The free shuttle service runs to local destinations (6 a.m. - 11 p.m.), including Penn State golf courses, Nittany Mall, Bryce Jordan Center and University Park Airport. On football weekends, there are also continuous shuttle services to and from Beaver Stadium (it’s advisable to book your spot in advance).

The hotel has a fully equipped fitness center on site, and guests can also use the indoor lap pool and whirlpool at The Penn Stater sister hotel, just off campus. For cultural excursions, you don’t have to look far: Six museums are on campus, including the free Palmer Museum of Art (Tuesday-Sunday), and don’t miss the Nittany Lion Shrine.

Expect polished wood furniture, elegant drapes and floral bedspreads in the traditional rooms. The best have sophisticated four-poster beds styled in the university’s colors of blue and white. Rooms have refridgerators and microwaves, but there are also two restaurants on site. Tuck in to classic American dishes, fine dining buffet brunches or seafood dinners at The Dining Room. Its selection of more than 5,000 bottles of wine is highly rated by Wine Spectator. Alternatively, stop by for burgers, burritos or a late-night meal at Whiskers, the hotel’s more casual pub.

From the press:
  • "Named after Penn State’s mascot, this 1931 inn is PSU’s only on-site option, occupying the northwest corner of the University Park campus. But there are plenty more reasons this inn is a favorite among alumni" -- Travel + Leisure


  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Complimentary airport transfer
  • Currency exchange / ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary valet service
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details

  • Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm

    You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.


    The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

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

    The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Getting there

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from University Park Airport and just under two hours from Harrisburg International Airport. The hotel runs a free regular shuttle service between the local airport and the hotel (reserve in advance), and there's free parking at the hotel for those arriving by car.


  • 200 West Park Avenue
  • State College, PA, 16803
  • United States

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 3564 9000

M-F, 8am-9pm

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