Story by Bavani, Photos by Amanda Antilla & David Fish
Step into The Inn at 500 Capitol and be ready to embark on a unique, luxury filled journey. Idylically set in the heart of downtown Boise, on the corner of Myrtle Street and Capitol Blvd, The Inn opened its doors to the public in February of this year. The hotel caters to the most savvy travelers, promising a high degree of pampering. The hotel’s Director of Sales, Amy Parrish, shared, “We want people to enjoy an elevated experience. Everyone in Boise should be able to stay here.”
First impressions count. Upon entering the stylized lobby of the hotel, one is “wowed” with the warmth and charm of the carefully selected décor and furniture. A doubled-sided fireplace separates two cozy waiting areas. Breathtaking red, yellow and amber sconces–designed by artist Filip Vogelpohl of Boise Art Glass–paint the ceiling. With 700 pieces of art on display, strolling through the hotel gives one a feeling akin to being in a cozy gallery. Vibrant paintings and murals by Boise artist JanyRae Seda adorn the walls on each floor of the hotel. This art haven incorporates various elements of Boise, Idaho and the Pacific Northwest to offer its guests a glimpse into our area.
The Inn at 500 seeks to become the trusted concierge for local events, places to visit, restaurants and area activities. They partner with local community attractions and groups to provide up-to-date information. The basque community is one such example. The hotel introduces interested guests to restaurants and events in the Basque Block, and has 2 basque-themed rooms to go hand-in-hand with the experience.
The boutique-style hotel offers guests 11 different room designs, and more than 30 themed rooms representing activities and places in the community. Some of these themes include the Boise Zoo, Boise Art Museum, Idaho Potato, Discovery Center, Egyptian Theater and Boise State University. Nooks with artifacts and paintings reflect these themes in dedicated rooms.
The hotel and its sister hotel, The Inn at the 5th in Eugene, Oregon, are known for gracious service and mind-blowing attention to detail. A veteran traveler, the hotels’ founder and former Eugene, Oregon mayor Brian Obie has gone the extra mile to put care into every detail “to enhance and give guests an unparalleled experience.”
Featuring 110 guest rooms and suites equipped with a wealth of carefully selected amenities, the rooms offer breathtaking views of the cityscape and foothills. Every room features a private butler’s pantry, affording guests full privacy to enjoy room service without ever having to open their door. Rooms also include fireplaces, 55-inch flat screen TVs and open-air private terraces. Every floor of the hotel has its own business center, adjacent to a picture window with
a panoramic view. Another thoughtful addition is a freezer on each floor with pre-packaged ice, eliminating the need for noisy ice machines.
Keeping in line with the “local authenticity” philosophy emphasized by Obie, the hotel partners with the restaurant Richard’s. Chef Richard Langston offers a fine dining experience featuring a modern take on regionally inspired Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, with locally sourced ingredients when possible.
Treating guests like family is the utmost priority of the staff at The Inn at 500 Capitol. Complimentary transportation in a Mercedes sedan or van is offered to and from the airport. Transportation within a five-mile radius of the hotel is also provided, enabling guests to explore local activities such as a hike up to Table Rock, the Shakespeare festival and shows at the Morrison Center.
Following the success of The Inn at 500 Capitol and The Inn at The 5th, Obie looks forward to “searching other communities for similar opportunities.” The Inn at 500 Capitol clearly conveys Obie’s “home away from home” philosophy.
To book your stay at The Inn @ 500 Capitol, visit innat500.com or call 208.227.0500