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Independent Stays in Boise, Idaho

Written by Duke Stewart

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Boise is gaining attention as a wonderful place to travel for a variety of reasons. More people are searching for a real Pacific Northwest experience and are coming to the Treasure Valley area to find it. If you think outside the box — away from the chain hotels — when finding a place to book, and choose one of these independent stays in Boise, you’ll get more out of the journey than those big name hotels have to offer.

The Boise Hotel and Conference Center

Guests of The Boise Hotel and Conference Center love the feel of a traditional hotel that’s surrounded by beautiful mountains. It’s just a short drive to Bronco Stadium for rowdy Saturdays and Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area for skiing. Rooms start at just $60, so you better book in advance to take advantage of this great and popular budget option!

Cottonwood Suites Boise Riverside Downtown

Cottonwood Suites Boise Riverside Downtown is perfect for budget travelers interested in the perks that come with more luxurious options. Book a riverside room and you’ll get beautiful views of the water and if you’re on the ground floor, easy access to the trails that runs along the Boise River. It’s perfect for guests who want to bring a pet or have a run surrounded by nature.

Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner

Many people stay at Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner for business, but there’s much more to this wonderfully located stopover. Summer visitors can enjoy the  outdoor swimming pool, while long-term travelers can enjoy the fitness center. Just be sure and book ahead (starting at $100) if there’s a Boise State game, because people usually look to Red Lion Hotel first!

Safari Inn Downtown

People keep coming back to Safari Inn Downtown and for good reason. There’s the low price tag on the quiet and spacious rooms (starting at $90) and all the things that come with a stay, including a pool during the summer months and hot tub throughout the year. Book here and you’ll likely be coming back for another stay when in Boise.

The Riverside Hotel

Dog lovers will especially like the Riverside Hotel for its proximity to the trails that run along the Boise River. Many return to the Riverside for their balcony rooms with a view of the pool so having multiple water options should keep everyone happy. Rooms start at $80 with a variety of room options available to satisfy all travelers.

After spending time in Boise and at one of these independent hotels, you’ll soon realize that just one visit to the city is hardly enough. Whether you’re in town to get outdoors or to have fun inside, Boise’s charm will always be there. Now that you’ve got five wonderful hotels to choose from, it’s time to start planning your stay in the treasure valley. Pick any of these independent stays in Boise and you’ll have a great time in Idaho’s capital city.

About the author

Duke Stewart

I'm a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family's travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

1 Comment

  • I’d definitely recommend Hotel 43, not to mention it’s where Chandler’s Steakhouse is located. You have to try the ten-minute martini.