When referring to downtown Boise visitors, the Greater Boise Auditorium District and the Boise Convention and Visitor's Bureau use the very unofficial term, "heads on beds." Back in July 2015, there weren't nearly enough beds to accommodate the conventions and meetings travel officials believed Boise should and could be hosting. There soon will be.
The addition of 36,000 square feet of meeting and event space at the Boise Centre triggered a flurry of new construction projects, increasing the number of hotel rooms downtown by nearly 33 percent. As a result, Boise recently hosted 1,400 conventioneers from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, which the BCVB said generated an estimated economic impact of $2.5 million. Still to come is a big convention in 2018 of the National Football Bowl Association, and one for the Industrial Asset Management Council in 2020.
Of the 10 hotels in the downtown Boise core—including three scheduled to open in the coming months—some are boutiques and others are part of global chains, but all are competing for the thousands of heads looking for beds.
The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd.—234 rooms
Hampton Inn & Suites, 495 S. Capitol Blvd.—186 rooms
Red Lion Downtowner, 1800 W. Fairview Ave.—182 rooms
Courtyard by Marriott, 222 S. Broadway Ave.—162 rooms
Hotel 43, 981 Grove St.—112 rooms
Inn at 500, 500 S. Capitol Blvd.—112 rooms
Hyatt Place Downtown, 1024 W. Bannock St.—152 rooms
Marriott Residence Inn, 855 W. Broad St.—189 rooms (opening fall 2017)
Hilton Garden Inn, 13th and Front streets—150 rooms (opening TBA)
As yet unnamed eight-story hotel at Fifth and Front streets—144 rooms (opening TBA)