Downtown Boise Hotels Fill Up Fast for New Year's Eve

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IDAHO NEW YEAR'S COMMISSION
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The Grove Hotel sold out first, and quite awhile ago. All 254 rooms are booked for tomorrow night's New Year's Eve holiday. Then the Modern Hotel booked the night almost solid, with only one of the 39 rooms remaining—as of 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 30. It probably won't last long though.

Organizers for the Idaho Potato Drop hope to see more than 50,000 people attend the second annual event. With three stages—a main stage at Bannock Street, a family stage on Tenth and Main and an adult stage at Sixth and Main—nearly 20 food trucks, two VIP areas on the Grove and Flatbread, a small army of street performers and a fireworks display, this year is promised to be bigger and better than last year.

And of course one can't forget the station wagon-sized foam potato poised to drop from a crane over Eighth and Main streets on the countdown to midnight. 

Turn-out for the event could go either way, though, with temperatures forecasted around a brisk 6 degrees Wednesday night. 

Although the Grove Hotel and the Modern are pretty well sold out, a few other downtown options remain available. Hotel 43 still has 29 rooms available starting at $289. The Safari Inn has 20 rooms left at $99, and the Red Lion Hotel has 58 rooms open with a special New Years rate at $69.

All of these hotels expect to be booked up by the time the calendar turns over to 2015.