Hotel Roundup: the best deals and steals in Happy Valley

Summer is almost over, but that means State College is about to get crazy. Penn State students will start moving into their rooms the weekend of August 19, and the 2018 football season is right around the corner. As out-of-state families move their students in and with football season fast approaching, visitors are looking for places to stay. However, room availabilities and deals fly by quickly, so you have to think fast! But, don't worry if you haven't started searching yet; we've already done it for you! Here is a list of hotels that are perfect for Penn State parents and football fans making a trip to State College.

Shaner Hotels

Management company Shaner Hotels runs several hotels in the Happy Valley area: State College Fairfield Inn & Suites; State College Hampton Inn & Suites; State College Holiday Inn Express; State College Springhill Suites; Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center; and Raystown Lake Fairfield Inn & Suites.

Shaner Hotels knows that trips are already expensive without the added cost of a hotel stay, so they have their Shaner Hotel Properties Happy Valley VIP Program. This program offers 15 percent savings at the State College locations of Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Springhill Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites and Toftrees Resort & Conference Center. Visit Happy Valley VIP’s hotels page to learn more about all the hotels using the VIP Program.

Check Happy Valley VIP’s specials page to see the current deals and packages and check back frequently; new packages pop up often for Shaner’s VIP Locations, so don't forget to sign up to be a Happy Valley VIP member to access all packages and deals.

HAMCO Hotels

Hospitality Asset Management Company (HAMCO) has two award-winning hotels in State College: the Carnegie Inn and Spa and the Days Inn Penn State.

Days Inn Penn State is on Pugh Street, making its proximity to the Penn State campus ideal for both parents during move-in weekend and football fans attending home games. Location isn’t the only perk at Days Inn Penn State. The hotel has its own restaurant, Mad Mex, which serves cantina dishes and microbrews. The hotel offers Room Service, a 24/7 fitness center, free WiFi, and a heated indoor pool. Days Inn Penn State was awarded the 2017 Hotel of the Year award from its parent company, Wyndham Hotel Group, and won 2017 Global Hotel of the year for Wyndham’s economy hotel line.

Days Inn Penn State has several offers to help guests save their money. They offer senior discounts, the “Stay 2+ Nights, Save 20%” deal and several others. View all deals and their terms and conditions here.

The Carnegie Inn and Spa is one mile from Penn State, making it another ideal location for those traveling to the university. The hotel offers free breakfast, a golf course, free internet, a seasonal outdoor pool and a restaurant along with even more amenities. Suites at the Inn feature beautiful rooms, large bathtubs and showers, walk-in closets and queen and king-size beds. Check out The Carnegie Inn’s packages here, which includes a Diners Delight package that allows guests to experience their remarkable food. Speaking of dining, be sure to visit their dining room to enjoy a class of wine and delicious food prepared by their award-winning chef after you enjoy the afternoon in their relaxing spa.

Penn State Hospitality

Penn State Hospitality manages two hotels near the university: the Nittany Lion Inn and The Penn Stater. Those who want to stay on campus can room at the Nittany Lion Inn in Penn State’s northwest corner. Students, parents and football fans can take advantage of the hotel’s shuttle service to go to and from campus or Beaver Stadium. There are also two on-site restaurants. Check out The Dining Room for a fine dining experience, or visit Whiskers for traditional pub-style dishes.

Rooms at the Nittany Lion Inn feature amenities such as high-speed wireless internet, a Keurig, a work desk with data ports, a microwave and are 100% smoke-free! Rooms are accessible to all; some are designed for the physically handicapped, and special devices for guests with poor hearing and sight are available upon request. View their page for all amenities and accessibility features.

The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center is only minutes from campus and offers personalized service for its guests. Like the Nittany Lion Inn, the Penn Stater offers shuttle services to get you where you want to go. The hotel has 300 guest rooms and suites and has many amenities, such as Wi-Fi, a flat-screen HDTV and a mini-fridge. Rooms for those with accessibility needs are also available.

The Penn Stater has two on-site restaurant: The Gardens and Legends. The Gardens serves dishes that range from sandwiches to salmon, Berkey creamery ice cream to caviar and made-to-order omelets to savory roasts. You can order off the menu or try every dish you see at their award-winning Sunday Brunch buffet. But, be sure to make a reservation ahead of time so you have a table!

If you're looking for a good burger and beer, stop by Legends, their signature sports bar. In addition to their diverse lunch and dinner menus, Legends also has an extensive beer list, including Pennsylvania craft brews. If you plan on visiting often to catch all the Penn State sports action, their Brews and Burger Club is absolutely necessary!

The Penn Stater offers football reservations, and they fill up quickly (the weekends of the Kent State and Ohio State games are waitlist only!). View their football reservations for their availability, restrictions and information about cancellations and deposits.

Which to Pick?

These hotels are not the only places to stay in Happy Valley! There are so many great locations, but so little time to book rooms; this new semester and football season are almost here. Rooms and deals aren’t available for long, so check out our Stay Features for pictures and descriptions of area hotels and check out our Stay Directory for a list of all Happy Valley hotels and lodging.

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