- Harrison Berry
- Boise Mayor Dave Bieter broke ground on the Inn at 500 Capitol Oct. 13, 2015.
At 2 a.m. on April 22, a construction crew with ESI finished pouring concrete on the first floor of Boise's future six-story, 112-room boutique hotel, the Inn at 500 Capitol.
The project, which has been under construction since Mayor Dave Bieter broke ground with a golden jackhammer Oct. 13, 2015, is slated to open for business in December 2016—in time for a New Year's Eve celebration.
Developer Brian Obie, hotel General Manager Aaron Black, a handful of Obie Development Partners employees and city officials were on hand the morning of April 22 to show off a model room and update the press on progress at the inn.
Set up in a nearby office suite in BoDo, the model room looked about as close as it comes to being in a real hotel, complete with bed, working fixtures, high-ceilinged bathroom, a fireplace and balcony overlooking the Capitol Building.
"[The clientele] are making a conscious decision on where to stay. It's the most high-touch," Black said. "We're unique to Boise."
A recent survey indicated Boise suffers from a shortage of hotel rooms and convention spaces and, while the Inn at 500 Capitol will likely serve some of that need, Black and others have said their hotel will seek to capitalize on Boise's increasing draw as a destination. To that end, they have designed the inn to feature work by local artists and be dog friendly. It is also slated to be the new home of one of the City of Trees' most celebrated gourmet restaurants, Richard's Cafe Vicino, which announced its move from the North End neighborhood to downtown in February.
"Almost simultaneously we reached out to each other," Black said about Richard's opening at the Inn at 500 Capitol.
Check out our slideshow of the model room and progress at the inn here: