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About Boise

Boise is Idaho's state capital and besides its many draws, it is an often overlooked destination. It's one of those cities that benefits both from a trendy urban scene as well as a huge number of outdoor pursuits, and the best places to stay in Boise are well-positioned to make the most of all the city and its surrounds have to offer.

Boasting a growing number of wine bars, breweries and gourmet restaurants, foodies will feel right at home here. Meanwhile, for the active, cycling along the Boise River Greenbelt, skiing in nearby Bogus Basin or hiking straight from the city into the forested hills is the real draw.

Boise has a number of interesting historical sights for culture enthusiasts. The Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site is, as the name suggests, the state's old prison. It opened in 1872 and once housed some of the West's most infamous criminals. In addition the State Capitol building is worth visiting for its iconic architecture and St John's Cathedral for its glorious stained glass windows.

The city also has a wide range of entertainment from the Egyptian Theatre which plays mostly classic movies to Idaho Botanical Gardens which are a lovely place for a stroll. Boise is a city which has something for everyone and is surprisingly reasonably priced for a state capital, which makes this an ideal family holiday destination.

What not to miss:

  • Dive into the culinary scene and sample the best Boise has to offer before washing it down in one of the trendy wine bars.
  • Cycle along the tree lined path of the scenic Boise River Greenbelt.
  • Hike up into the surrounding forested hills.
  • Go skiing in nearby Bogus Basin for the day.
  • Explore the fascinating Old Idaho Penitary State Historic Site and learn of Idaho's most infamous criminals.
  • Admire the beautiful stained windows at St John's Cathedral.
  • Stop by State Capitol and revel in the grand iconic architecture.
  • Watch a classic film in the plush Egyptian Theatre.

A thriving state capital and a perfect destination for anyone who wants the best of both worlds, city and countryside. Browse through our collection of the best places to stay in Boise to start planning your trip.

The best places to stay in Boise

Contemporary chic

  • The Modern is a chic converted motel located in the up-and-coming Linen District. Smart retro styled rooms feature luxury bathrooms, plush bed heads, pop colours and clean design. Sip on a martini at the stylish bar and feast on contemporary European fare in the restaurant.
  • Boise Guesthouse is a collection of self-catering suites in the trendy Downtown and North End districts. Think, Scandi-chic style, local artworks and your own bicycle for city exploring awaiting at the door.

Luxury

  • Inn at 500 Capitol is set right in the heart of the city making this a convenient option for city exploring. Rooms are perfectly indulgent with spa-like bathrooms, Italian sheets and chic contemporary style.

For romance

  • Boise Hillside Suites comprises of just three adults only, unique suites set within a pine-clad inn. The design is traditional and cosy and accommodation offers luxuries such as fireplaces and hot tubs. Ideal for a romantic weekend away.

For a holiday home or apartment

  • If you’d prefer a self catering option then we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fy to Boise Airport (BOI) located just 4 miles outside the city. The Number 3 Valley Ride bus takes visitors into the city for just $1. Boise is also serviced by the Greyhound and Northwestern Trailways routes for cost efficient travel.
  • Boise is a year-round destination. For those wanting to ski then December-March are the best months. Otherwise the summer months, June-August, have warm dry weather (average highs around 24 degrees celsius).
  • If you would like the freedom of your own car we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure where to book?

Best Hotels in Boise

  • Boise Hillside Suites 3 rooms from AU$168

    Boise (ID)

    A charming pine-clad inn offering three spacious suites in a quiet district of Boise. Suites all come with their own perks, some have fireplaces, some a hot tub and one has a kitchen. However, the style throughout is traditional and cosy. A grown-up property (adults only) ideal for a break for two.

    Romantic Break  -  An adult only environment with just three private suites this is the perfect base for a quiet get away with your loved one
    Local exploring  -  Located in the North End of Boise this property is situated near all the action but in a quiet setting
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the trails runnning through the nearby hillside to Hollow Reserve
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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  • The Modern 39 rooms from AU$199

    Boise

    A chic converted motel located in the up-and-coming Linen District. Smart retro styled rooms feature luxury bathrooms, plush bed heads, pop colours and clean design. Sip on a martini at the stylish bar and feast on contemporary European fare in the restaurant. A fabulous city base.

    Back to Nature  -  Easy access to a number of national parks.
    City Style  -  Housing one of the most chic bars in town.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Boise Guest House 6 rooms from AU$233

    Boise

    A collection of suites located in the trendy Downtown and North End districts. Each suite has been meticulously designed offering scandi-chic style, fully equipped kitchens and luxury bathrooms. Bikes are waiting at your door to use and local artwork adorns the walls. A perfect home-away-from home.

    Local exploring  -  Located in the thick of historic Boise, the suites are ideal for exploring the city
    Sights nearby  -  Wander down to State Capitol and admire the elegant architecture
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  • Inn at 500 Capitol 111 rooms from AU$298

    Boise (ID)

    A luxury hotel set slap-bang in the heart of Boise. Rooms and suites are designed for indulgence with spa-like bathrooms, Italian sheets and chic contemporary style. Panoramic windows supply superb city views. Dotted with regional art this is a stylish base with a distinctly local feel.

    Local exploring  -  This luxury property is located in the heart of the city, ideal for exploring the sights on foot
    City Style  -  With a Mercedes-Benz shuttle service and a butler's pantry this is an exclusive stay
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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