150 Rooms / 18 Suites
Situated on the University of Notre Dame campus, Morris Inn offers a unique experience that blends a collegiate atmosphere with the feel of a luxury boutique hotel and the functionality of a large chain property. The hotel opened in 1952 and was built using funds donated by businessman Ernest and Ella Morris. The property underwent a major renovation in 2012 and 2013, using a monetary gift from the Morris' daughter Ernestine Raclin that nearly doubled the square footage of the hotel and expanded the number of rooms available from 92 to 150. During the renovation, care was taken to preserve the aesthetics of the original architecture. While only one wall facing was preserved from the previous structure, the exteriors were designed to retain the neo-Gothic look of the university’s other buildings.
The property’s interior features a color scheme true to the school's trademark gold and navy, and offers artwork devoted to the beautiful designs that can be found across the campus. Subtly elegant rooms now feature everything from luxury pillow-top bedding to 48-inch flat-screen TVs and glass-enclosed showers. The renovation also included a 300-seat ballroom, upgraded business services and an underground walkway to McKenna Hall, which holds the university's Conference Center.
The hotel's location on the Notre Dame campus allows for easy access to the famous structures that dot the landscape. Many rooms afford a view of the university's Golden Dome, which rests atop the Main Building. The sports complex, where the Fighting Irish athletic teams make their home, is a short walk in one direction, while the Hesburgh Library and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart are easily accessed in another.
As part of the renovation, the property began taking the steps necessary to gain a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Today, the South Bend hotel utilizes a number of sustainable practices, including a new water filtration system, LED lighting throughout the building and a strategic use of iPads to reduce paper consumption.
The hotel holds two restaurants, the beautifully appointed Sorin’s and the casual Rohr’s, with the Fireside Terrace available seasonally. Another plus is the first-floor gift shop that contains a number of souvenirs featuring Notre Dame's logo and leprechaun mascot. Be it a need to show school pride or simply a desire for high-end accommodations in northern Indiana, Morris Inn provides guests with a one-of-a-kind Notre Dame experience.