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Hotel Chooses Arts Over Stale Bagels


Most hotels brag about the number of cable channels they provide or try to entice you to stay with a free continental breakfast that you can pick up at the gas station across the street for a couple of bucks. Hotel 43 on Grove Street, however, offers a room package that's different. It has actual substance and, at the same time, introduces visitors to a bit of Boise's culture.

It's called the Arts Passport and each guest staying at Hotel 43 receives one. The passport offers free admittance to the Boise Art Museum, and complimentary or discounted tickets are available for Ballet Idaho, Boise Contemporary Theater, The Boise Philharmonic, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival or Opera Idaho.

The arts community is delighted to have Hotel 43's involvement. Hannah Read from the Idaho Shakespeare Festival explains that in tough economic times, "this is the kind of promotion that raises awareness and support for Boise's many outstanding art organizations." Read says this is an example of how cooperation can benefit both business and the arts.

So if your parents are planning a visit and you don't want, er, don't have room for them to stay with you, and they love going to the ballet or visiting art galleries, think about setting them up at Hotel 43 for a few nights.