Holy hotels, Batman! Have we mentioned recently that working in the BW offices, often rattled by big machinery, can feel like working in a war zone? Although construction projects abound, hotels seem to have been the main culprit this year. Since 2015, the number of hotel rooms in downtown Boise has gone up by 33 percent, a rapid increase largely orchestrated by the Greater Boise Auditorium District and the Boise Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The two organizations felt Boise wasn't living up to its potential to host large-scale meetings and conventions that could give the economy a much-desired boost, and they're probably the ones we can thank for four seasons of never-ending construction.
In the last two years—and 2017 in particular—several national hotel chains have done their best to give the economy an indirect leg up, quickly adding outposts in the Boise core. Currently, there are 10 hotels in the heart of downtown (some of which have yet to open their doors) with more than 1,600 rooms between them, and if the winds of tourism keep blowing then that number may keep growing.
Most recently, Boise saw the opening of the Inn at 500 Capitol, an upscale boutique hotel with 112 rooms, on Feb. 11, and Hyatt Place Downtown, a 152-room hotel geared toward business travelers, on May 24. The Marriott Residence Inn is scheduled to open in October, with the Hilton Garden Inn on 13th and Front and a still-unnamed hotel on Fifth and Front streets following swiftly (at least, we hope) behind. However, considering a recent conference already brought in 1,400 businesspeople and a reported $2.5 million to the City of Trees, maybe we should stop complaining about construction noise. Maybe.