The Best Hotels to Book Near Bucknell University, Pennsylvania

Bucknell University dates back to 1846
Bucknell University dates back to 1846 | © Archive PL / Alamy Stock Photo
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6 October 2021

Bucknell University was founded by Baptists in 1846 and has become one of the most popular liberal arts colleges in the US. It has more than 100 buildings scattered across the campus, many of them built of brick in the classic Georgian style. If you’re planning a trip to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, to visit the university, stay at one of these top hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.

Spring brings cherry blossoms on the quad in front of the stately Bertrand Library, while fall finds colorful oak leaves blanketing the lawns when students return to class. With its pleasant view overlooking the Susquehanna River and with many free concerts and presentations open to the public, Bucknell University is a lovely addition to the charms of historic Lewisburg. Here’s our pick of the best hotels nearby.

The Pineapple Inn

Bed and Breakfast

The Pineapple Inn, named for the symbol of hospitality, has been welcoming guests for more than 30 years. The owners, Charles and Deborah, have a wealth of knowledge to share about the historic district surrounding the inn and the town of Lewisburg. The eight rooms and three suites are filled with Victorian antiques and handmade quilts. Some rooms have shared baths, while a separate, self-contained carriage house has three bedrooms, a full kitchen, a living room, a dining room and laundry facilities. Breakfasts are a celebration of local Amish cuisine, with farm-fresh eggs and bacon and home-made jams. It’s just six blocks from Bucknell University.

The Tawsty Flower

The Tawsty Flower
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The Tawsty Flower, an anagram of Fawlty Towers, shows these innkeepers have a sense of humor – but they’re also serious about keeping their inn spotless and comfortable. The six guest rooms and one self-contained two-bedroom cottage, sitting behind the inn, feature just the right amount of antique furniture, adding charm and avoiding clutter. All have modern private baths, and stays include a light continental breakfast. In addition, it’s a short walk to the restaurants downtown and the Bucknell campus.

Lewisburg Hotel


This hotel has been in operation for more than 170 years. The original coffered ceilings and wooden moldings remain in the bar and lounge, which is known for its outstanding dining. The hotel has three doubles rooms and three suites; the latter feature living rooms furnished with comfortable sofas. There are also 16 rooms in the attached motel. The two wings surround a shady courtyard for outdoor dining. On the main thoroughfare of Lewisburg, the hotel is a seven-minute walk to Bucknell, mostly through the leafy campus.

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Lewisburg

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lewisburg
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As it’s across from a park with a playground and a short 15-minute walk to Bucknell University, families will feel well taken care of at this Fairfield Inn and Suites. Guest rooms are large with contemporary decor and generous baths. Work desks help keep you in touch on the road; however, take time to enjoy historic Lewisburg, one of America’s Coolest Small Towns, according to Budget Travel. After a generous breakfast buffet, visit downtown indie shops or the 1941 art deco Campus Theatre to take in a first-run or art-house movie.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Selinsgrove – University Area

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Selinsgrove - University Area
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This Holiday Inn Express lives up to its name with lightning-quick check-ins and fast responses. Guest rooms and suites are spotless and modern, with blackout shades and a pillow menu to send you off to dreamland in a hurry. As for its location, it’s next door to a major mall, just off the I-15 highway and only a 15-minute drive to the free performances on the Bucknell campus.

Hampton Inn Selinsgrove/Shamokin Dam

Hampton Inn Selinsgrove:Shamokin Dam
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Perfect for families who would like to explore the Lewisburg area, this hotel offers connecting guest rooms, a pool, a hot tub and complimentary breakfast. Rooms have comfortable and unbreakable furniture plus generous piles of towels in the bath. Local attractions include a reptile farm, an antiques center and two malls, while Bucknell University and historic downtown Lewisburg are a 15-minute drive.

Pine Barn Inn

Pine Barn Inn
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Surrounded by pines and hiking trails, Pine Barn Inn in Danville, PA, is a peaceful escape from big city life and a 30-minute drive from Bucknell University. Inside, pine beams and stonework lend the property a modern country atmosphere. Guest rooms are spacious enough for two, while families may enjoy a premier suite with a separate living room, a kitchenette and heated bathroom floors. Windows open in all rooms to let in the sweet Appalachian breezes.

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson, Lewisburg, PA

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lewisburg, PA
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Make the most of a trip to Lewisburg with a stay at the Country Inn and Suites. Try a canoe or kayak rental on the Susquehanna River, just across the street, or visit the Lewisburg Children’s Museum. The indoor pool is open every night until midnight, and there are free cookies in the lobby all day long. Suites have twin queens and pull-out sofas for a crowd, or ask for an extended-stay suite that includes a dining room, a living room and a kitchenette. The Bucknell campus is a five-minute drive through downtown.

Selinsgrove Inn

Selinsgrove Inn
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Renowned for its Southern hospitality, this inn, just 20 minutes from Bucknell University, is in the historic town of Selinsgrove. The three-story brick inn greets you with cozy leather chairs in front of a fireplace in the lobby. Guest rooms are spacious, and each one has a sofa, a chair and a kitchenette. Pick a book from the library, pull up a rocker on the porch or visit one of the nearby local wineries, restaurants or boutiques. For a unique outing, there’s an alpaca farm just six minutes away.

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