About Morris Inn
Following a $30 million renovation, Morris Inn reopened in late August 2013 and now offers 150 guest rooms, including 18 spacious suites. With three distinct dining options — Sorin’s, Rohr’s, and the Wind Family Fireside Terrace, guests will find the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy a business lunch, family gathering, special occasion or a casual meal. In addition to the newly renovated living space, Morris Inn now has a spacious ballroom and ample meeting space with modern amenities to host business meetings and social events. Morris Inn is a AAA 4 Diamond Hotel, placing the hotel in the top 5% of hotels in the United States. Morris Inn sits at the heart of Notre Dame’s storied campus and continues to be “the living room of the University.”
Morris Inn History
In 1902, Notre Dame student Ernest M. Morris could not pay his tuition. His dreams of a diploma slipping away, Morris asked the school president for two favors: to let him continue enrollment on credit, and to take care of his horse Dexter. Father John W. Cavanaugh graciously agreed. Morris graduated and went on to found his own investment firm. He donated $1 million to aid the University in its post-war expansion, and Morris Inn was constructed in his honor. Asked why he did so much in return for a small bit of kindness, Morris said, “I’ll just never forget how kind Notre Dame was to my horse.”
In 2012, Ernestine Raclin, daughter of the original hotel benefactors, along with her family and the Carmichael Foundation provided a gift to the University for the purpose of funding a major renovation and expansion of the Morris Inn. On October 21, 2012, the Inn was closed for the first time in 60 years and the project began. Meanwhile, Dexter’s spirit lives on at Rohr’s, where a popular cocktail preserves his namesake.