Best Making Room for More Rooms
If there was an "it" color in Boise fashion this year, it was construction-vest neon.
Aside from dozens of road projects, the downtown core will in the next year or two host four new hotels—the Hyatt Place at 10th and Bannock streets, the Marriott Residence Inn at Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street, the Inn at 500 on Capitol Boulevard, and the Hilton Garden Inn at the corner of 13th and Front streets.
That's a total of about 600 new hotel rooms coming to downtown Boise more or less at the same time. For a sense of scale, that's almost two-and-a-half times the occupancy of the Grove Hotel.
They tell us we need the rooms to adequately service all the visitors to the city center. According to a 2015 study, the City of Trees is short at least 580 rooms to meet forecasted demand through 2021. The same study noted the current total of 1,290 rooms downtown are booked to a minimum of 70 percent all week long.
Assuming at least some of those projected hotel guests decide that Boise's a nice place to visit and they want to live here, there's also a boom on for downtown residential space. Mixed use developments The Fowler at Fifth and Broad streets, One Nineteen at 10th and Grove streets, and The Afton at the corner of Ninth and River streets all got under way in the past 12 months, and who knows how many more are waiting in the wings.
One thing's for sure, by the time the next Best of Boise rolls around there will be a lot more people paying to sleep downtown.