The capital of the state of Idaho has gone from its Wild West gold rush days to a vibrant city with a reputation for great jazz, indie music, theater, and the arts. It also offers a unique and interesting range of places to stay some of which offer superb Treasure Valley views. Looking to stay? From cute boutique inns to modern and trendy vacation homes, here are my favorite cool and unusual hotels in Boise…
The Grove Hotel
Upon entering this incredible luxury hotel, I felt like I was escaping the downtown Boise hustle and bustle, and instead, I found myself in a tranquil, soothing haven dedicated to relaxation and pampering.
I loved the contemporary design and the exceptional service here. The accommodations are bright and welcoming, featuring high-quality materials that exude a luxurious ambiance. What’s even better is that this place is conveniently located near the fantastic restaurants and attractions of Boise. On top of that, they have their very own restaurant, Trillium, and a cozy bar, which made for a perfect quiet evening during my stay.
During my visit, I took full advantage of the pool, fitness center, and spa, all designed to help you take care of your well-being. If you’re into exploring, they offer bike rentals that make it a breeze to discover the area.
Great views from some rooms and communal areas
A relaxing jacuzzi
Bar closes early
Bonfire charges may apply
Hotel 43 Boise
During my stay at this boutique hotel, nestled on the 43rd parallel in the 43rd state and at the heart of downtown Boise, I fell in love with its perfect location. It quickly became one of my favorite places to stay.
This themed hotel offers comfortable, modern-style accommodation and stands as the ideal base for exploring Boise’s urban and outdoor wonders.
What truly captivated me were the walls adorned with local artist’s works, a testament to the vibrant creative community here. The hotel also provided a fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and bike rentals for independent exploration. The Metro Café and Chandlers Steakhouse took care of my dining needs, and I experienced culinary delights that exceeded my expectations.
Sleek creative design
No fitness club
I love this modern Boise hotel; it lives up to its name with minimalist style and ultimate comfort. The highlight? Incredibly comfy beds that ensure a great night’s sleep after exploring the city.
While staying, I enjoyed The Modern Bar, offering contemporary cuisine in a relaxed setting. For explorers like me, they even have bikes to explore the city. The hotel hosts its film festival, screening classics in your room. I loved the RV rentals they offer, which provide a unique adventure. It’s a fantastic place to stay in Boise.
Funky spray paints on walls
Classic cinema collection in room
RV mobile to enhance your stay
Menu is limited
Courtyard Boise Downtown
One of my favorite places to stay when I travel is the Courtyard Marriott in Boise. I love this modern Marriott property, which offers not only luxury and comfort but also exceptional service.
While visiting, I had the pleasure of experiencing the spacious, well-appointed rooms that provided everything I needed. This luxury hotel stands out with its in-house fitness center, and the quality dining options at The Bistro were a delightful culinary experience. The bonus of having a Starbucks right in the lobby area made my mornings even better. Moreover, the concierge service was a true lifesaver, helping me organize my time and explore the best of Boise and its surroundings, making it an excellent choice for newcomers to the area.
Starbucks in lobby
The Bistro dining
No microwaves in rooms
Starbucks is not accessible until checked in
Evolve Countryside Cabin in Robie Creek Park!
Evolve Countryside Cabin quickly became one of my favorite getaways. The rustic hotel-style charm provides a fantastic outdoor experience without sacrificing comfort.
While visiting this cabin, I was delighted to find it features a fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. It’s perfect for group or family trips. The lovely deck and barbecue were my go-to for sitting back and enjoying the breathtaking views in the evening.
One of the things I loved about this cabin is that you’re never far from nature, with the lush forests at your doorstep. However, with Wi-Fi and TV, you also have all the modern comforts of home.
Real wood cabin surrounded by lush forest
Fully equipped kitchen
Lovely deck for BBQ
Mid Century Modern Boise
I had the pleasure of staying at this modern hotel-style home in Boise, just 8 8-minute’ walk from the beach and conveniently close to restaurants and attractions. It quickly became a favorite getaway, with 3 bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, and spacious living areas designed for comfort. From the moment I arrived, it felt like a true home away from home.
Throughout my stay, this cozy villa was an ideal base for exploring Boise. The hot tub and fire pit made for relaxing evenings under the stars, and complimentary bikes made getting around the city easy. I can’t wait to return to this incredible Boise retreat.
Fully equipped kitchen
Outdoor hot tub
Stylish Boise Townhome about 4 Mi to Downtown!
Just 4 miles from downtown Boise, I stayed at this unique hotel-style accommodation, making it my go-to place to stay in the city. It offered the convenience of a holiday rental with the comfort of a 2-bedroom home.
Each room had an eclectic style, and quality furnishings provided real comfort. The fully equipped kitchen was a great addition, and I loved the private deck area for relaxing in the evening.
Whether I was here for outdoor sports or sightseeing, this place felt like a real home away from home, allowing me to enjoy my trip at my own pace. Boise at its best!
Professionally Designed Central Boise 4 Bedroom Custom Home
One of my favorite places in the heart of Boise is this wonderful designer hotel-style accommodation. I love this spot because it offers professionally crafted contemporary design throughout, blending modern luxury with elegant style, creating an experience like no other.
While visiting, I had the pleasure of staying at this fantastic accommodation with a large kitchen, 4 bedrooms, and full use of the carefully designed garden, which gave my family and me plenty of space to relax and enjoy our time in the city.
I tried out the lovely deck area, which was perfect for enjoying a meal outside. It even had a barbecue area for food prep, making it convenient for our culinary adventures. As the evening progressed, we gathered around the firepit to keep warm and relax while gazing at the stars.
Far from town
Boise Hills - 602 L
During my visit to Boise’s North End District, I stayed at this unique two-bedroom hotel-style home, conveniently located near Central Arena and various points of interest. It quickly became a favorite.
I adored its contemporary design and the comfort it provided. The home’s light and airy ambiance, adorned with beautiful woods and lovely artwork, welcomed me with open arms.
The fully equipped kitchen was a highlight, allowing me to cook my meals. But if you prefer dining out, numerous restaurants and cafes are within easy reach. Free Wi-Fi kept me connected, and the balcony offered a charming spot for starry evenings.
Beautiful wooden chairs and floor
Fully equipped kitchen
Relaxing Coffey Villas
I love this lovely villa just 5 miles from Boise Center. It offers a modern hotel-style experience with all the advantages of your own home. While staying at this wonderful place, I had the privilege of enjoying a fully equipped kitchen, a washing machine, 2 bedrooms, and luxurious accommodation throughout. This made it a great choice for me as I could explore Boise at my own pace.
One of my favorite features was the balcony and barbeque area. After a long day of exploring Boise, I tried this relaxing spot, letting me enjoy the fresh evening air with the stars above. It was a truly serene experience. Moreover, this villa is conveniently located within easy reach of the best restaurants and cafes.
While visiting, I was delighted to find that this villa is also close to the hiking, biking, and fishing spots that surround Boise.
Hardwood polished floors
Fully equipped kitchen
Only 2 bedrooms
Can get booked up
Best Hotels in Boise Compared
The comparison table below contains the top 10 cool and unusual hotels in Boise.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|The Grove Hotel||245 South Capitol Boulevard||$236||Yes||3.5||2|
|Hotel 43 Boise||981 Grove Street||$268-$302||Yes||3.8||3|
|Modern Hotel||1314 West Grove Street||$281-$360||No||4.2||2|
|Courtyard Boise Downtown||222 South Broadway Avenue||$247-$281||Yes||2.5||3|
|Evolve Countryside Cabin in Robie Creek Park!||Boise, 83716||$461||No||15.0||2|
|Mid Century Modern Boise||3006 West Stewart Avenue||$407||No||2.9||3|
|Stylish Boise Townhome about 4 Mi to Downtown!||Boise, 83704||$275-$325||No||1.2||2|
|Professionally Designed Central Boise 4 Bedroom Custom Home||Boise, ID 83705||$500-$600||No||4.1||3|
|Boise Hills - 602 L||Boise, 83702||$307||No||2.5||1|
|Relaxing Coffey Villas||Boise, 83714||$350-$400||No||8.0||3|
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