The Nittany Lion Inn
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
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Rooms & Rates
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.
- "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
- Gym / fitness center
- 100% smoke-free
- 24-hour front desk
- Complimentary airport transfer
- Currency exchange / ATM
- Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
- Complimentary valet service
Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.
Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.
Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.
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.
Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 4pm Check-out time is 11am Know Before You Go
Know Before You Go
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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