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Residence Inn by Marriott State College

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

Stayed 6/16/17-6/18/17. Our stay was wonderful until I realized when I got home that my brand new Garmin 235 was missing. I only wore it once and left it in the hotel room the rest of the time. Upon tearing apart everything in my house I realized I either (a) left it in the room on the kitchen table, or (b) left it in the backpack that never left the room until we checked out and drove home. When I called, the front desk associate said it was not in lost and found. That leaves one was stolen. We did find it weird that when we went into our room on Saturday, after it had been cleaned, a trash can was left on its side in the middle of the bathroom area, but we chalked it up to a mistake. Now I wonder whether someone was in a hurry to leave after being in our room. The front desk associate said the housekeeping manager would check with her staff, but obviously no one will confess to stealing a $345 watch if they haven't come forward already. Needless to say, it's incredibly frustrating and disheartening that someone would do this, especially at a nice hotel chain (and actual hotel) that we have frequented for years. Please keep your valuables with you if you stay at this hotel, or ask for a safe because this is the first hotel that I have stayed in without a safe.

We used this hotel for a wedding. The bride and groom has blocked off a group of rooms for guests. We were incredibly satisfied with our stay, the staff was very accommodating and the rooms were spotless. With a full kitchen, the room felt more like an apartment than a hotel. It was close to the university and businesses. I highly recommend if you are looking for a place to stay in State College.

Great location. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is OK but not great. They do have cookies and coffee available all day. Rooms were clean and comfortable Good choice for a nice comfortable stay

Many, if not all of the rooms are suites with a full sized refrigerator, range, microwave, and pots and pans for an extended stay. The room had a eating/living room combination and a separate bedroom. Breakfast is included. The room(s) included two flat screen TV's with many cable channels.

We stayed overnight at the Residence Inn while we were in town for a wedding. We arrived around noon for an early check-in. We had lovely young woman Carly who helped us check-in and was able to offer us a free upgrade to a two room suite. Everything was extremely clean. The service was so great that we even got free fruit for the afternoon. I would recommend this hotel to anyone

There was a mix-up with my reservation which may have been my fault for not asking the right questions, but the representative on the phone could have been more informative. I called to have my reservation dates changed slightly. The hotel made the adjustments quickly and without any problems, so I didn't think to ask any questions. I assumed that I would have the same type of room that I originally booked. When I got there I found that I had a completely different room. We had 5 people in our party. We were supposed to have a room that slept 6 people. It was supposed to have 2 double beds and a sofa sleeper. The room I received had one double bed (that was very uncomfortable) and a sleeper sofa (you could feel every spring!). We had a dilemma because there was no where for the 5th person to sleep. I went to the front desk to ask for a different room and was told that there was nothing available. I then asked for a cot. I was told that there were no more cots available because the hotel was crowded. Ok....what can you do to help me??? I was told there might be an air mattress available and that they would get back to me, but I never heard anything. Last resort... I asked for an extra blanket and sheet for the person who drew the short straw and had to sleep on the floor. Guess what???? They were also out of blankets. Are you kidding me????? No cots, no rooms, no air mattresses, no blankets. When I questioned the nice young man at the desk (none of this was his fault even though he had to deal with the mess of this place) how my room could have been changed from what I originally booked he couldn't seem to find any information on his computer. I showed him an email of my original confirmation stating I had a room that slept 6. Apparently my original reservation must have been cancelled completely instead of modified. It could have worked if we could have had a cot or blanket, or anything! Other than less than adequate sleeping arrangements, the hotel was clean, the pool was nice, and a breakfast buffet is always a nice amenity. I wouldn't stay here again for obvious reasons. If you are in the hospitality industry you should have enough resources to accommodate your guests even if the hotel is "crowded".

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

Suite, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed, Fireplace

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

75% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 140 reviews