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The Atherton Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Hotel was really nice, staff was friendly and helpful. My only complaint is that guests have to pay for parking.

A friend recommended The Atherton for our recent college tour trip to Penn State Main Campus. Overall our experience was great. The staff was welcoming, attentive, and friendly from check-in to check-out and the rooms were a good size (plenty of room for our family of four) clean and comfortable. Some aspects of the facility were dated (decor, bathroom fixtures) but none were in disrepair by any means. Ample underground parking allowed easy access although the hotel is walking distance to the campus and main part of town. The affordable grab-and-go breakfast options were a nice touch as an alternative to the onsite restaurant if you're on a tight schedule or aren't interested in a full meal. The WiFi was fast and the signal incredibly strong throughout the entire facility which would be appreciated by business travelers and families alike. All in all we would recommend The Atherton and would definitely stay here again should we return to PSU. Considering the comfort, cleanliness, and great service along with their very affordable rates, it's one of those rare situations where you get more than you pay for.

Room was fine. The curtains were hung on a residential grade traverse rod. Which was broken. The mattresses were a disappointment. My credit card was charged about $40 more than my check out receipt? I thought the hotel had shuttles? When I asked was told the public bus service all ended up at the facility where my daughter was graduating. The food was good. The bar tender made up for the rest.

I stayed at the hotel forth time . Had excellent experience as usual . Breakfast at the hotel is inexpensive and delicious . Staff very friendly and caring

Stayed for a football weekend. The hotel had great team spirit!

The heater made crazy noises all night. The towels were tattered and worn. The double bed was on a queen frame and I kept buying my legs on it.

Very nice. Close to campus. The staff is very helpful. Pleased that they had a roll away bed to accommodate another person.

First time staying at The Atherton and was pleasantly surprised. The hotel was older and maintained a bit of old charm and elegance that the newer chains don't have. It was nice and clean and the room was spacious and comfortable. Staff were very nice and helpful. Would stay again.

All staff were friendly and polite. Hotel was very clean and comfortable. Very good meals (breakfasts) in the restaurant.

You can't beat the location, 10 min walk from Rec Hall, 13 min to book store. This is an old hotel, 3 elevators nice number, but very slow. Parking is mixed, if you get there late they may be out of spots, but we got there early and didn't have any issues and they had plenty of spots on saturday AM.

Hotel is located close to Penn State campus and downtown State College. Hotel is dated, but in the process of renovation.

The front desk help was stuffy and a bit condescending. Unustifiably considering the hotel. The bedding wasn't all clean. The light in the room entry wasn't working so I walked into a dark room grasping for a light source.The shower was old and not entirely clean. They charge for parking, which I understand, but it was never mentioned upon check in that there would be a cost for parking. Overall slightly below avg.

Can't beat the location, it's just off the southwest corner of the Penn State campus and a short walk away from everything downtown has to offer. Rooms are big, staff is very friendly, you can park in an underground garage ($8 a night), wifi was fast and free, and there's a restaurant and casual bar onsite. However, the place is starting to get run down. This was once the nicest hotel in State College (and it's still one of the most expensive), but it needs upgrading. There were no glaring problems, but instead lots of little ones. The ice machine on my floor didn't work. I had to jiggle the handle on the toilet on several occasions to keep it from running. The drain plug in the bathtub was loose. One of the lamps in the room didn't work. The easy chair smelled funny. One of the towels was raggedy. The elevators have seen better days. All in all, I would still recommend it, but not with the same enthusiasm that I used to.

The Atherton Hotel is right out of the nineties, around the time it was first built. I stayed there then, and the decor hasn't changed much since. That said, it has been well-maintained, kept clean, and has a friendly efficient staff. The location can't be beat, has reasonable parking, and a restaurant/bar on location. Great for football weekends.

My friend came by for a trip around campus here in state college and she was shocked by how nice the rooms are relative to the low price.The hotel is located in downtown state college and thus it is easy for me to take her both around campus and around downtown. The only dissatisfaction was that the rooms are not equipped with fridge and microwave. After all, I would definitely recommend this hotel to other people.

So convenient, great hotel ...modern yet with a fun vintage feel

Very nice Hotel and close to it all. I have stayed here a few times and would do so again.

If you're looking for a place to stay in downtown State College, the Atherton Hotel is pretty much your best bet. The hotel is clean, comfortable and staff friendly. It's located just along College Avenue and is in easy walking distance of any campus sites or State College nightlife that you're looking for.

we had a great experience at the atherton. location is ideal for eating shopping and going to the downtown bars. staff is friendly and helpful. fun environment . the hotel rooms need to have some more upgrades. wallpaper is stained and old furniture

Staff was nice and location excellent but other than that the place is a dump. Dirty carpets, mold on ceiling and poor TV reception.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, Non Smoking, Jetted Tub (refrigerator & microwave)

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, Non Smoking, Jetted Tub (refrigerator & microwave)

Full 2 | Sleeps 6

Room, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for The Atherton Hotel

Everyone (9) Couples (16) Business (11) Family (12) Other (7) Friends (7)
5
Everyone

Hotel was really nice, staff was friendly and helpful. My only complaint is that guests have to pay for parking.

By on May 21, 2018

4

nice hotel convenient to psu

Everyone

A friend recommended The Atherton for our recent college tour trip to Penn State Main Campus. Overall our experience was great. The staff was welcoming, attentive, and friendly from check-in to check-out and the rooms were a good size (plenty of room for our family of four) clean and comfortable. Some aspects of the facility were dated (decor, bathroom fixtures) but none were in disrepair by any means. Ample underground parking allowed easy access although the hotel is walking distance to the campus and main part of town. The affordable grab-and-go breakfast options were a nice touch as an alternative to the onsite restaurant if you're on a tight schedule or aren't interested in a full meal. The WiFi was fast and the signal incredibly strong throughout the entire facility which would be appreciated by business travelers and families alike. All in all we would recommend The Atherton and would definitely stay here again should we return to PSU. Considering the comfort, cleanliness, and great service along with their very affordable rates, it's one of those rare situations where you get more than you pay for.

By , from Philadephia, PA on Mar 29, 2018

Review comment responded on Mar 31, 2018

Thank you for your lovely review! I hope we can be of service to you in the future when the need arises.

3

location:

Everyone

Room was fine. The curtains were hung on a residential grade traverse rod. Which was broken. The mattresses were a disappointment. My credit card was charged about $40 more than my check out receipt? I thought the hotel had shuttles? When I asked was told the public bus service all ended up at the facility where my daughter was graduating. The food was good. The bar tender made up for the rest.

By , from anywhere usa on Dec 18, 2017

Review comment responded on Dec 23, 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I am sorry that you did not enjoy your stay to the fullest. I hope you will give us another opportunity to serve you if you come to State College in the future.

5

very good location

Everyone

I stayed at the hotel forth time . Had excellent experience as usual . Breakfast at the hotel is inexpensive and delicious . Staff very friendly and caring

By , from nj on Oct 9, 2017

Review comment responded on Nov 25, 2017

Thank you for your kind review and for staying with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the future! Brenda Hill Front Desk Manager

5
Everyone

Stayed for a football weekend. The hotel had great team spirit!

By , from Central NJ on Sep 18, 2017

2

poor night sleep

Everyone

The heater made crazy noises all night. The towels were tattered and worn. The double bed was on a queen frame and I kept buying my legs on it.

By on Jan 29, 2017

5

very nice.

Everyone

Very nice. Close to campus. The staff is very helpful. Pleased that they had a roll away bed to accommodate another person.

By , from Pittsburgh, Pa. on Nov 20, 2016

5

close to downtown and the university.

Everyone

First time staying at The Atherton and was pleasantly surprised. The hotel was older and maintained a bit of old charm and elegance that the newer chains don't have. It was nice and clean and the room was spacious and comfortable. Staff were very nice and helpful. Would stay again.

By , from Limerick, PA on Jul 15, 2016

Review comment responded on Aug 26, 2016

Thank you very much for your complimentary review and thoughtful insight for other travelers. We are really pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you will stay with us again. Thank you for your business and for your high marks.

4

close to campus and downtown

Everyone

All staff were friendly and polite. Hotel was very clean and comfortable. Very good meals (breakfasts) in the restaurant.

By , from Pittsburgh on Feb 12, 2016

3

psu trip

Families

You can't beat the location, 10 min walk from Rec Hall, 13 min to book store. This is an old hotel, 3 elevators nice number, but very slow. Parking is mixed, if you get there late they may be out of spots, but we got there early and didn't have any issues and they had plenty of spots on saturday AM.

By on Nov 2, 2015