This former Red Lion Inn was purchased a few years ago by investors and their efforts at rehabilitation and upgrading are starting to pay off. The property is on the west side of Boise near Garden City and it sits along a hike and bike trail along the Boise River. The hotel doesn't take much advantage of that except that guests have easy access to the trail. Most of the rooms overlook the inner courtyard instead of the nicer view of the river. Some of the rooms have been refurbished and refurnished, and these are very good and clean and stylish. The older rooms are ho-hum and drab, and have dings and nicks and dirty corners needed a good cleaning. I was at a conference and saw both types, while I was in an older room. The rooms are very spacious, suite-like, but the older rooms don't take advantage of the large expanse. The breakfast buffet is very good with made-to-order omelettes and a great selection, a little pricy, but worth it. The conference facilities were very good, with large and small rooms and good catering service. There are no elevators, and if you get an upstairs room far from the lobby and cannot park near, the walk up and down stairs is tedious with baggage. There is no valet parking or bellhop service, so you are on your own. If you can't lug your own luggage up stairs, get a downstairs room near the lobby or ask for a handicapped room. I had a room near the back facing the courtyard, and the noisy outside bar and partying at the pool required me to close the balcony doors, turn on the AC (which wasn't really needed) to make white noise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riverside Hotel's riverfront location offers direct access to the Boise Greenbelt's 26-mile paved trail alongside Boise River. Our spacious guest rooms are decorated in a Contemporary style, including an ergonomic chair at an oversized desk featuring task lighting and an easy-access power source. Work with ease and efficiency from your room, utilizing two telephones with complimentary high speed internet. Guest rooms include one King or two Queen beds, most with courtyard or river views. Pet friendly, must be 21 and over to check in. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Boise
- Boise Doubletree