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“Artisanal cocktails, Mad Men-esque hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Modern Hotel and Bar
Ranked #6 of 57 Hotels in Boise
Certificate of Excellence
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Artisanal cocktails, Mad Men-esque hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

This review is really just for the bar, as we have not stayed overnight in the hotel. Fantastic, artisanal, work-of-art cocktails not to be missed. Pricey but worth it for a special night out. The bartenders take pride in crafting one of a kind drinks often based on vintage cocktails and utilizing local ingredients when possible. Try something with a cherry--nothing like a maraschino cherry but rather a home-preserved, spiced black cherry. Delicious, if only life were like a bowl of these cherries... Also have a small variety of nice wines and beers. Various appetizers we have tried have not disappointed. Patio and bar alike are chic, minimalist, and an appreciated option for when the lounge is cram-packed. Enjoy!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sun Valley, Idaho
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

The beds are very comfortable, the rooms are a little eclectic, very clean and charming, the bar is delightful in the evening, the location in downtown Boise is close to everything. Staff is friendly and helpful. The only reason I didn't give it the highest rating is because breakfast is a bit pedantic. Although the homemade yogurt is delicious...the same meal (bagels, yogurt, coffee, juice, granola) every morning (we stayed 3 nights) was tiresome. Fun place, though!

Room Tip: Our street-facing room was noisy at night.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tarnishedlace
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florida
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

My wife and I frequent Boise overnight and were tired of the Hampton Inns. I happened to see an advertisement for the Modern Hotel and took a chance to stay there. As we pulled up, it looked like we were staying at the motel where MLK was shot. We were pleasantly surprised it was not. However, I was not pleased that when I arrived and asked to be on the second floor that the front desk clerk manager told me that the room I booked cost less and there would be an additional charge. That charge was $10.00. Was that a charge she could have eaten? I think so. I'm coming back to Boise next week and looked to book there again, but the cost this time was $165 a night. It is not worth $165 plus a night, so I chose someplace else. I'm not a fan of hiking room rates when the basic accommodations don't warrant a price increase

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank newsman06
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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

This is a unique hotel. It's completely modern furnishings. I'm not really a modern architecture guy, but even I appreciated the unifying theme. The rooms were clean, spacious and well furnished. My room had the biggest shower I've ever seen, it could have easily accommodated 5 people! The menu is excellent. Evidently the owner is a French citizen and chef who moved to Boise many years ago, and the menu reflects that French influence. My only criticism is that the "Restaurant" in the evening is actually a "Bar", so my minor son was not allowed in there for dinner, although room service is available. We ordered take out Chinese. This is not true for breakfast, just dinner. This always drives me crazy! I would invite the owner to reclassify the restaurant as a true restaurant so that tired, hungry, travelers can enjoy a sit down dinner. All in all a nice hotel, not a major chain, so you are supporting an independent business.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Seanfromseattle
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

I stayed here on my first trip to Boise. We went for a girls weekend and were attending our friends' wedding reception as well. The location is excellent for taking in all of downtown. A short walk, albeit it cold in Dec, to many restaurants, cafes and shops. The staff was friendly and attentive. They were helpful and wanted us to enjoy not only our time at the hotel but in town. Free continental breakfast was great. It is continental, croissants, yogurt, granola, juice, coffee, but enough to get you moving in the morning.
I loved the more minimal style of the hotel, very pleasing and calming to the eye. My only negative is that the bathroom isn't really set up for more than two people. Adding a few more hooks and another shelf, would make it more useful and not take away from the aesthetic.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank wanford10
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Connersville
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

The next time I come to Tennessee I will make sure to stay at ur Motel. The maids are very nice and the receptionists are very polite. The rooms were very clean and of course the bathroom past our inspection also . Could use a few xgra pillows on the beds Thank You for the wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Maids are very polite and helpful.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Shelly B
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

Great vibe and great food! It's got a local following and friendly staff. If you're in to mixology they are great. The wine selection is adequate and drinkable. Don't miss the brussel sprout app!!

Yep, the rooms are cool, too! Beautiful huge shower.

Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Carolyn T
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Property: Modern Hotel and Bar
Address: 1314 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702
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Location: United States > Idaho > Boise
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Boise
#8 Romantic Hotel in Boise
#16 Family Hotel in Boise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Modern Hotel and Bar 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience this intimate boutique hotel, where architecture and design live in harmony. ADA-compliant. Small parking lot for walk-up comfort and convenience. Street parking when lot is full. 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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