Like most industries in Boise, the hotel industry has been growing rapidly over the past decade due to a skyrocketing population and an increase in tourism to the area. The hotels that have been around for a while are upgrading, and new hotels are popping up all over the downtown area.
There are two distinct areas that contain about 80% of Boise’s hotels, the downtown area and next to the airport. We will first cover the downtown area as these are more popular and typically of higher quality.
The Grove Hotel
The Grove Hotel has been a mainstay in the heart of Boise’s downtown since it was built in 1997. Boasting 14,000 square feet of meeting space, 6,800 feet of Grand Ballroom, and a terrace for receptions or gatherings, if you’re looking to host an event The Grove is a great place to have it. Along with all this, Idaho Central Arena is attached to the hotel, which regularly hosts concerts, events, and is home to the Idaho Steelheads semi-pro hockey team.
If you aren’t coming for an event, The Grove still has numerous amenities to make your stay special. A full service spa, 12,000 square foot workout space, The Trillium Restaurant, and a 5th floor indoor pool that looks out over downtown Boise are sure to keep you entertained and comfortable during your stay. The hotel is just part of the experience, once you step outside the hotel is when the fun really starts. Located on Front St and Capitol Blvd, you are within walking distance of the Basque Block, numerous restaurants, and the State Capitol building.
Inn at 500 Capitol
Just a couple blocks south of The Grove is the Inn at 500 Capitol. The Inn boasts that it’s “A Very Special Boutique Hotel”. They back up this claim with accommodations such as themed rooms, a James Beard nominated chef, and a stylish atmosphere that is pleasing to anyone. Situated right next to the Boise Art Museum, the Boise Zoo, and the Idaho Black History Museum, you are able to soak in plenty of history and fun without traveling more than a block away from your hotel.
Hyatt Place – Boise Downtown
The Hyatt Place in their downtown location is a great option for business travelers and families alike. A modern hotel with a clean, comfortable feel is great for anyone that is looking for an affordable option in a great location. With a fitness center, pool, and a free breakfast it has all the typical amenities you need at a hotel, while also offering perks such as being a pet friendly hotel, a coffee bar, and laundry service.
Residence Inn – Boise Downtown City Center
If you are looking for modern luxury, The Residence Inn in downtown Boise is the place for you. Built in 2017, this hotel offers 10 stories of all-suite rooms with no shortage of modern amenities when you come to stay. An on-site bar paired with a 2,000 sq ft outdoor gathering space offers a relaxed environment for guests to kick back and take in the city. One of the newer hotels in the downtown area, the Residence Inn is giving the other hotels a run for the money, winning the Traveler’s Choice Award in 2021.
If you are just stopping in Boise on a layover or have an early flight to catch in the morning, these hotels offer easy access to the Boise Airport while still only being about a 10 minute drive to downtown and other popular locations.
Hampton Inn Boise – Airport
A 4.5 star rated hotel at just $125 a night, the Hampton Inn offers a quality hotel at an affordable rate. They offer a free airport shuttle to make getting to the airport that much easier, as well as a free hot breakfast to have one less thing to worry about before hopping on your next flight. If you are traveling with your furry friend they also have numerous pet-friendly rooms.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Airport
Another Traveler’s Choice Award winner in 2021, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites gives you everything you need in a hotel near the airport. A business center, airport shuttle, and black out shades to help you rest up before your 5 AM flight.
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