Built in the 1930s, the Nittany Lion Inn has been the home away from home for generations of Penn State University students, parents and alumni. When the Inn identified a lobby expansion and renovation project as part of their strategy to create a AAA four-diamond guest experience, the hotel realized that they were dealing with the “living room of the University” so it had to be done right. Kahler Slater’s challenge was to maintain its welcoming, traditional colonial inn feel while creating an expaned unified, organized gathering place for guests and visitors.
The designed experience drew its inspiration from the historic property’s traditional foundation. And nothing typifies a traditional inn and Pennsylvania hospitalty better than a real, wood-burning fireplace. Since there was none in the lobby, it had to be added (running the fireplace flue straight up through housekeeping storage closets in the floors above). Set at an angle so it can be seen immediately as guests enter the inn, it is graced by a colonial wood mantel that furthers the authentic welcome. The Nittany Lion Inn takes the living room concept further by taking what was once a busy, cluttered, noisy waiting area and creating distinct seating areas where guests can relax and reminisce For many this is a true homecoming.
“The Nittany Lion Inn is an icon at Penn State, so it was important to do this right. Our guests love the new lobby space; it is beautiful, welcoming and comfortable. It is just what it should be.” Jim Purdum
Nittany Lion Inn