State College, PA

The Nittany Lion Inn

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Why We Love It

  • 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

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

100% (51 Member Ratings)

"The staff made you feel very special!"
Jul 21, 2016
tampa, FL, United States


Map & Directions

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.

Rooms & Rates

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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.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm

Cancellation: 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

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.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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51 Member Reviews
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Enjoyed Most: The staff made you feel very special!
Wilfred Jul 21, 2016 tampa, FL, United States
Enjoyed Most: Beautiful facility and room; excellent restaurant and friendly servers; centrally located
Other Comments: The package was an excellent value that gave us the reason to finally visit Penn State!
John Nov 12, 2014 Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States
Enjoyed Most: Enjoyed the beautiful and spacious hotel suite
Sherri Sep 13, 2014 Harrisburg, PA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The hotel was beautifully appointed, very comfortable, and within walking distance to everything Penn State.
kim Aug 22, 2014 boothwyn, PA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Great spacious king suite room for a good price and excellent service.
Vicki Aug 05, 2014 Holland, PA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Everything! The staff was superb!
Other Comments: Food... Fabulous, accommodations were wonderful! Penn State blue and white! Loved it!
Nancy Aug 02, 2014 Shippensburg, PA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Lovely accommodations and campus location.
Katherine Aug 02, 2014 Chambersburg, PA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The inn was beautifully maintained, right on PSU campus. We got a very large, well-appointed room with very comfortable beds. The TravelZoo VIP booking offered a great deal, with free full breakfast and free gifts from our beloved creamery.
Other Comments: Staff was very pleasant and welcoming.
Reva Jul 24, 2014 Princeton Jct, NJ, United States
Enjoyed Most: very helpful staff, beautiful room
Other Comments: love the deal, with marvelous bfast buffet
Sherry Jul 22, 2014 Honesdale, PA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Beautiful location, intimate but totally functional suite, wonderful, professional staff.
Susan Jul 22, 2014 Lancaster, PA, United States

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