Penn Alto


1120 13th Avenue, Altoona PA

The Penn Alto Hotel, located at 1120 Thirteenth Avenue, was once the most prestigious hotel in town, accommodating guests in its 275 rooms on 10 floors.

The hotel offered cuisine and general accommodations second only to a few metropolitan hotels of the day.  Political figures, railroad personnel, ball players and dignitaries all roomed at the Penn Alto.

The hotel featured a luxurious lobby, and a number of special rooms; the English Lounge, reminiscent of a British pub; the Logan Room, which accommodated 500 patrons; the Lincoln Room, which catered to small groups; the Continental Ballroom; and a Coffee Shop.

The building was designed by the H.L. Stevens & Company and constructed in 1921 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.