“A feeling of home, plus the amenities of a hotel … Benedictine hospitality awaits you in the desert!”
That’s the welcoming message on the website of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Phoenix. The sisters’ decision to rent out some rooms for Super Bowl fans has created a bit of a media buzz with coverage on a local TV station and in The Arizona Republic newspaper.
The monastery is 5.5 miles from the site of Super Bowl XLIX — the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Sister Linda Campbell told The Arizona Republic that after hearing some residents were renting out rooms in their homes to football fans to make some extra income, the sisters decided to go for it, too, and use it as a fundraiser. Besides, according to the newspaper, they had tried it once before — for the Super Bowl in 2008, which brought in $12,600. “I think there are people who just like a quiet atmosphere, that seemed to be the people we drew,” Sister Linda recalled.
The monastery had eight guest rooms to rent out — two in a room for $300 — and accommodations included WiFi and a continental breakfast.