Decisions are limited to just a few hotels in downtown Boise. Stay at the busy high rise or just down the street at The Modern Hotel and Bar in the chic, up and coming Linen District. I chose the Modern because it was small, just 39 rooms, its style and history spoke to me, plus I’m a lover of well made cocktails and locally sourced organic eats.
I’m not a huge fan of your average hotel where all the rooms look the same and the food is nothing to write home about. The Modern Hotel had colorful, hip decor that made me feel right at home, without all the clutter or sameness that some hotels offer. The Modern is simple, with that small boutique feel, Eames style desk, closet and bed. Our room had a beautifully tiled, rainfall shower with small frosted windows into our room. Japanese soaking tub suites were available as well, if you have some down time and aren’t spending it in the wonderful outdoor space or bar.
The Modern Hotel and Bar is known for their bar. They have cocktails that are known to the media of New York and food aficionados of local organic cuisine. The bartenders were knowledgeable and able to make you just about anything for your taste and it would be incredible. We enjoyed our food and cocktails on the patio. At night the space is transformed from shaded oasis to campfire fun. They even host live music and campfire stories on some nights throughout the year.
This place is hip and fun. A great place to “camp” for the weekend in downtown Boise. You’re a short walk to other bars and eateries if you can pry yourself away from the amazing food and cocktails that are served at Modern Hotel’s bar.
Another fun historical fact about this place is that it opened in 1960 as a TravelLodge. It’s come a long way. Today, I’d say book with a group of your friends and enjoy the juxtaposition of the fun campfire patio with the sophisticated cocktails and organic eats that will keep you happy and full into the night.