South Bend Travel Guide
It was only a matter of time before someone one-upped the condo-tel phenomenon.
A development company called Gameday Centers is building condo-tels near college campuses in hopes of targeting fanatical football fans and alumni and wealthy students who can't bear to live in the dorms.
These Gameday Units, as the condo-tel rooms are called, operate in the standard condo-tel way except most owners will probably choose to stay in their unit during big game weekends.
Notre Dame University is expected to get one of the sports themed condo-tels with 125 to 150 units, as will other football schools such as University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Auburn University in Alabama, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and the University of Georgia at Athens and the University of Texas. What? No USC Trojans condo-tel?
But the company won't stop at football fans. As a company officer said:
"Why put your son or daughter into a dorm when you can buy a condo unit," he said. "Eventually there will be sporting condo-hotels and hunting and fishing ones. Football is already there, so the next thing will be other sports, convention centers. It will progress to all economic segments and the condo-hotel will spread into other lifestyles."
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There is an exception to every rule, right? So when we said folks don't go to South Bend for the Hummers, we were of course, if rumor is to be believed, excluding Nick Lachey, who will be in South Bend this weekend for "work".
Odds are the aforementioned Knight's Inn South Bend, and its alleged bed ropes, are a tad too lascivious for most Lachey poster touting Irish freshman. Moreover, it is likely Nick and the College Game Day crew have opted for the atrium style South Bend Marriott instead.
This property is not heaven on earth, but it is the closest thing you will find to luxe accommodations in South Bend.
Oh, and no girls, we don't know Mr. Lachey's room number, but if you look the part, you are bound to bump into him, or you could always wait to get cast on the insidious "Nick Lachey Goes to College" reality show which seems imminent at this point.
This week the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame host the number one ranked USC Trojans at the Golden Dome.
And every year, a few unfortunate souls find themselves checking in to the Knight's Inn South Bend. It is only a weekend rigt? You will be at the game most of your stay right? Well, every year, at least one of these Knight's Inn South Bend guests seems to write a hotel review of their Irish experience on TripAdvisor, here is the 2004 edition:
When I first saw the Knights Inn listed on [dedacted], I thought, "Great! It's close to campus, it's available, and it's not as expensive as other hotels!" Well folks, it's true what they say about deals that seem too good to be true. Except we paid $150/nt for a room that was anything but a good deal. The room was moldy, the walls were discolored, the shower was just disgusting, the bed was lumpy, the pillows were awful (dare I even use the pillow?), there was ----- hair on our sheets, and, worst of all.... there were ropes tied to the four legs of the bed! I hope I don't have to spell that one out of you, but let's just say that this hotel is probably frequented by "undesirables." Gross.