We stayed here one night on our way home to Oregon, and found this unexpected oasis tucked in amongst the culture core of downtown Boise, Idaho. We read that it was a 50-60's motel remodeled into a quaint boutique urban hotel. Well, they hit the nail on the head. From the outside, it would be very easy to drive right past the hotel - with its quirky, two-story throwback architecture and subtle monochromatic paint scheme. But once you park (in their limited parking lot) and make your way into the lobby/bar area, you know immediately that the "don't judge a book by its cover" adage holds true. The bar area is minimalistic and modern without being overly sterile and antiseptic. It is inviting and tastefully decorated with a small bar and a dozen smaller tables filling in the rest of the space. The front desk staff was friendly and very helpful. They told us about the bar, food menu and room service (that uses the same menu and prices!). The room was a very spacious king room with a balcony. The bed and chairs were comfy. However, the room smelled a bit strong of contact adhesive or cleaner of some kind. Each time into the room, WHAM! It wasn't so strong that a new room was needed, but I'm not as sensitive to these things as others might be. The bathroom was chic, classy and highly modernized, maybe too much. The sink was a huge flat porcelain basin that held your waste water (from brushing teeth) a bit too long before making it to the drain. The shower was a very cool walk-in (no door needed) design, but with an overhead, "waterfall" style head in the ceiling, if you only wanted a rinse shower and did not want to wet your hair, it would be difficult. The room decor was again quasi-George Jetson, but functional and not displeasing to the eye. The large flatscreen TV was easily visible from the spacious king bed. We ordered room service from the simple, but varied menu of starters and entrees. We were surprised by the speed in delivering our order, as well as the perfect temperature and high quality of the food. They had an excellent selection of bottled beers (even two Belgians!).
A complimentary continental breakfast (in the bar area) is included. Fresh bagels and brewed coffee (catered by local downtown bakery) along with fresh OJ and homemade raspberry jam, was a nice touch - and better than a spend trip to Starbucks.
For a bit over $100 per night, a bargain, despite the other minor comments made. I would return and perhaps stay a bit longer - to take in the local restaurants and sights downtown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience this intimate boutique hotel, where architecture and design live in harmony. ADA-compliant. Free parking for walk-up comfort and convenience. Adjacent to the Linen Building Event Center, The Modern Hotel is the ideal spot for meetings and creative professionals taking care of business. Onsite, our business center has all the hook-ups you need to tie up loose ends while you're away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Modern Hotel Boise