Morris Inn

A winning stay on Notre Dame's campus
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. 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.

The hotel holds two restaurants, the beautifully appointed Sorin’s and the casual Rohr’s, with the Fireside Terrace available seasonally. 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.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Frequently referred to as the university's "living room," Morris Inn is very much a part of the reason Notre Dame feels like home to so many. Care was taken to maintain the neo-Gothic look that is pervasive across the campus but the interior is pleasantly cozy.
  • Guests are perfectly poised to visit the famed Notre Dame Stadium, home of the Fighting Irish football team, as well as the new Purcell Pavilion, where the school's basketball team holds court, and the new Compton Ice Arena, where the hockey team plays.
  • Visitors also have the opportunity to explore the breathtaking art and architecture of the campus' Basilica of the Sacred Heart, as well as the Hesburgh Library that showcases the world-renowned Word of Life mosaic, known to generations of sports fans simply as "Touchdown Jesus."
  • Today, the South Bend hotel utilizes a number of sustainable practices, including a new water filtration system, LED lighting throughout the building, a strategic use of iPads to reduce paper consumption, and is LEED Gold certified.
Things to Know
  • While Morris Inn is used almost exclusively by the university during home football weekends, the fall is still a wonderful time to visit the property. With the excitement of new students and the colors of fall foliage, the surrounding Notre Dame campus is alive with excitement.
  • Plan a visit while the school's Fighting Irish football team is away and still enjoy the buzz of one of the most famous sporting sites in the world. There are tours of Notre Dame Stadium available most days and restaurants on campus (and off of it) fill with football fans eager to cheer on the Irish.
  • Apart from football — yes, there are things going on around campus that don’t involve helmets and shoulder pads — Notre Dame features a variety of activities centered around world-renowned architecture and classic works of art.
  • When the weather is nice, spend hours wandering around the picturesque campus while admiring the intricate details of the various buildings' designs before continuing on to the Grotto and St. Mary's Lake.
The Rooms
  • The rooms' walls are an inviting cream color with white trim and dark accents. The 350-square-foot standard room offers either two queen-sized or one king-sized bed, both featuring an extremely comfortable pillow-top mattress and down comforter.
  • No matter the room, the bed does not impede the guest's ability to move about the spacious living area. Still, king suites have a sitting room sectioned off from the sleeping area and are equipped with a pull-out sofa.
  • The significantly larger executive suite (600 square feet) provides a full living room and an extra half-bath. Grand suites add another 300 square feet to the room and feature a meeting/dining area.
  • Regardless of the style of room, the bathrooms throughout the property are spacious, with a walk-in shower, layered lighting and a make-up mirror. The rooms also come with a unique view of the historic Notre Dame campus just outside of the windows.
  • All rooms at the South Bend hotel come equipped with plush touches such as a 48-inch television, a refrigerator and cozy terry cloth bathrobes emblazoned with the Notre Dame logo.
The Restaurants
  • Sorin's is Morris Inn's fine-dining option, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers the freshest seasonal items but continuously features a host of seafood and meat options such as the sautéed Dover sole with lemon, caper and white wine sauce and saffron rice, and the tournedos with seared scallops, wilted kale and glazed root vegetables.
  • The restaurant offers an excellent selection of wines, including a grouping that features bottles from the wineries of Notre Dame alumni.
  • Rohr's, which opened after the South Bend hotel's renovation and took the place of the former Leahy's Lounge, offers a more casual dining atmosphere in the form of burgers and sandwiches and fresh Scottish salmon in butter sauce served over Brussels sprouts.
  • Even with the renovation and name change, the Morris’ institution is still affectionately referred to as "Murf's Bar" by locals and Notre Dame alums out of reverence for longtime bartender Patrick "Murf" Murphy, who's been serving drinks since 1977.
  • Fireside Terrace is open from spring to fall and has outdoor seating adjacent to Sorin's. With a splendid view of the campus and a shared menu with Rohr's, the terrace offers a pleasant compromise between the two.
Getting There
1399 North Notre Dame Avenue, South Bend, Indiana 46617
SBN (14 min)   MDW   ORD  
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