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Residence Inn by Marriott State College

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The staff members were extremely friendly and accommodating during our stay. This is a perfect place to stay if you are visiting a current student at Penn State - it's close enough to enjoy the campus activities without having to actually stay on campus. Would definitely stay here again!

The renovation is a good thing. It was on the first floor level when we stayed. The newly renovated rooms are great. Staff was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the fireplace (not in all rooms) on a cold April evening.

Good location, all the staff were very friendly smiling and saying hello each time we passed. Our room was clean as well as the rest of the property. Breakfast was your usual hotel menu but was good and tasted fresh. The hotel had a lot of people so we could hear kids running in the hallways but then again, that's expected when you go to a family friendly hotel. We would stay here again in the future.

This is your typical Residence Inn with the big room with the full kitchen. I was there only one night so wasn't really needed. I didn't find the staff all that friendly and the building felt old. The part I really didn't like was the bath room! It was so small and even for one person it felt crowded. With all the space in that room I can't believe the wasted all that space and made such a tiny bathroom. If you need a place to stay for one night and you were in a pinch I would stay here. Other than that I wouldn't recommend this hotel.

The room was large and clean but the hotel is very dated. The luggage carts were all broken and we were told new ones were on order. That does not help those of us who are checking in right now, to know that others in the future will have working luggage carts. The breakfast was served using all paper and plastic and the eggs were made from powdered eggs. We should have had breakfast out or in our room. If you don't need a full refrigerator/freezer and stove I would recommend staying in another newer hotel.

This hotel is in desperate need of a renovation . I frequently stay in this chain in other cities and I was very dissatisfied with this hotel for the price that I paid. The rooms were small. The bed was small as well. The room smelled like smoke. Unless renovations happen at this location I will pick another hotel in the area to stay when visiting my son at college. Very disappointing for the Marriot brand.

After a 5 hour journey, we arrived at 10:30 pm only to find that our room wasn't going to accommodate our family of 5. This came after a personal call to the hotel days prior and then again 4 hours prior to arrival. Since there wasn't a rollaway bed available, it was suggested that we could have extra pillow and blankets to creat a sleeping space; perhaps on the floor. Since it was so late I was shown the small room, which would have been fine for a smaller family, but the walk to the room was even more deterring. This is an aging hotel that hasn't been updated in a decade (at least). The elevator and halls were dirty/old and there was a smell. The manager, and person I had previously communicated with, was very vey nice and tried to make it work but ultimately there wasn't a room. Luckily we were able to get a room across the street at the Courtyard Marriott.

I stayed at the Residence this past Saturday night... what would have been a nice stay was ruined Monday morning when I checked my credit card statement. It started with three $20 dollar charges on my card. I understand it is customary to put a single charge on your card that is released at check out. However for some reason they put 3 on my card. In addition the room was booked with points so there should have not been any charge. I also had a $180 charge on my card. Now I have to follow up over the next several days to make sure these charges get removed.. Normally I use a different hotel chain but I thought I would give Marriott a try by using a credit card offer I received.. looks like I am going back to my old hotel chain..

Travelling to New York and had a two night stopover on the way to break up the drive. It is a beautiful town and we enjoyed discovering what it has to offer. Its a short drive to downtown and shops if you need them. The property was clean and staff were very friendly and accommodating. Breakfast was good and a huge thank you to the kitchen staff who worked tirelessly to accommodate us travellers. We were also lucky enough to enjoy two of there evening get togethers - Burger and Beer night and parfait night (which our 10 year old loved). We were on the ground floor which was fine but unfortunately we had noisy neighbours above - that can happen anywhere. There is a pool, basketball court and BBQ area with fire pit. You can talk to other travellers and get some tips. There is also a coin operated laundry which is clean, tidy and reasonably priced. Thank you Residence Inn staff for an enjoyable stay.

We stayed for my wife's 3 day work trip in State College. Our kids loved the property, basketball court, swimming pool, patio area to sit and enjoy the evening after long day. The staff was amazing and always went out of their way to help us in any way possible. The breakfast was very good and filling. The evening snacks were really tasty and best of all was grilled b-que. The rooms were clean, kitchen was added bonus. Thank you once again and we hope to come back with family during our next trip.

1555 University Dr State College PA

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Indoor pool

Residence Inn by Marriott State College places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University. This 3-star hotel has 81 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, an indoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Also nearby are Penn State Ice Pavilion and Palmer Museum of Art.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


All 81 air-conditioned accommodations feature kitchens and space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can expect 32-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels and pay movies, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Other standard amenities include sofa beds, coffee makers, and phones.

Property features

Guests of Residence Inn by Marriott State College have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a 24-hour business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and express check-out.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Studio, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed, Fireplace

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

75.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 147 reviews