What are the best places to stay in South Bend?

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Visitors planning a trip to South Bend during the fall need to be aware of the schedule for Notre Dame's football team. On weekends when the Fighting Irish play at home, hotel rooms become scarce and prices rise. But whether it's during football season or any other time of year, these hotels offer visitors an outstanding experience.

The 1952-opened Morris Inn, located on the campus of Notre Dame, recently underwent a major renovation, giving it a modern sheen while maintaining the collegiate atmosphere. Each room comes equipped with an iPad for your personal use and a beautiful view of the university's campus. The luxury hotel also offers a full range of business services and plays host to a number of weddings. (Note: The hotel is not available during football weekends as it is used for official university functions. Some rooms can become available on the day of the game, and visitors are welcome to check for those last-minute cancellations.)

Situated across from the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College campuses, The Inn at Saint Mary's is a luxury hotel that has been a visitor favorite since it opened in 1922. All of the rooms are spacious and the atmosphere is warm and inviting, with the staff taking the property's association with the college and the Sisters of the Holy Cross seriously.

The Ivy Court Inn & Suites is a recently renovated boutique hotel that is close enough to Notre Dame that the campus is visible out of many of the rooms' windows. In nice weather, the property’s wraparound porches, complete with rocking chairs for lounging, are quite inviting. During football season, the hotel sits in the middle of an area popular with tailgaters, and the Notre Dame radio pregame show even broadcasts from its west porch.

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