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The Nittany Lion Inn

This world-class hotel welcomes every guest with personalized, professional service.

AAA World Article

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The historic Georgian Colonial Nittany Lion Inn, located on Penn State’s beautiful University Park campus, is a world-class hotel that welcomes every guest with personalized, professional service. Once dubbed “Penn State’s Living Room” by a former university president, the Inn provides all the comfort and amenities you’d expect from one of the nation’s finest hotels—all for an affordable price that may surprise you. Whether you’re here for the show of a lifetime, a round of golf on a first-rate course, a special graduation or a romantic getaway, you’re in good hands at The Nittany Lion Inn.

While you’re staying with us, be sure to visit our on-site restaurants: The Dining Room and Whiskers. The perfect spot to relax over a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Dining Room serves up a selection of specialties with a focus on local and sustainable sources, and its Wine Spectator award-winning wine selection is unmatched in central Pennsylvania. Whiskers is the Inn’s casual pub-style restaurant, featuring a full bar and favorites such as lobster bisque, specialty salads and juicy burgers.

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Guests can earn points for each stay with Stash Hotel Rewards. With more than 200 independent hotels participating across the country, Stash offers a no-hassle way to earn free stays at your favorite hotels. Make your reservation at The Nittany Lion Inn today, and receive a 5 percent discount* for AAA members. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to the beauty of central Pennsylvania and the magic of Happy Valley.

*Excludes special event weekends


 The Nittany Lion Inn, 200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803, 1-800-233-7505,

About AAA Diamond Properties

AAA Four and Five Diamond properties represent the best of the best. Of the nearly 28,000 hotels that AAA reviews each year, just 5.9 percent are rated as Four Diamond properties. Five Diamonds are awarded to even fewer properties—just 0.4 percent.

What distinguishes these elite few? AAA members can rest assured that any AAA Approved hotel will be satisfactory, but a AAA Four or Five Diamond property will be extra special, with inviting public spaces, superior guest rooms, upscale décor and linens, and extensive amenities. Onsite restaurants will offer high quality food in appealing surroundings, and service will be exceptional, from the front desk to the bellhop to the concierge.

Choosing a AAA Four or Five Diamond lodging guarantees AAA members that their hotel will be much more than a place to sleep at night. It will be a cherished part of their vacation memories.


This hotel was originally featured in the 4 and 5 Diamond Section in the November/December 2017 digital version of AAA World.