The 'Inns' and Outs of Boise's Hotel Dilemma 

New study claims Boise doesn't have nearly enough hotel rooms

This 104-room, seven-story hotel is proposed for the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Mytle Street.

This 104-room, seven-story hotel is proposed for the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Mytle Street.

When Gardner Company announced in late June that it intended to build a new 200- to 300-room "brand name" hotel as part of a four-block development at the foot of the Boise Connector, more than a few Boiseans questioned whether the City of Trees really needs another downtown hotel.

Gardner's plan comes as two other developers are eyeing their own hotel projects: a 180-room, 10-story hotel at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Broad Streets, and a 104-room, seven-story hotel across the street at Capitol and Myrtle Streets.

However, if a new study released Tuesday July 7 is correct, Boise's economy is actually behind the curve when it comes to adequate hotel space—and those new projects can't come soon enough.

The study, conducted by California-based PKF Consulting for the so-called Boise Tri-Agency Group—which includes the city of Boise, Capital City Development Corporation and Greater Boise Auditorium District—is pessimistic that all of the hotel projects will be built.

"Thus suggesting that there may not be enough rooms to meet forecasted demand over the next six years," it was stated in the report.

Simply put, the study concludes that Boise needs at least 580 new hotel rooms in the next six years.

The study points to the current demand facing Boise's 10 downtown hotels, which together total 1,290 rooms. Currently, those hotels are facing a minimum of 80 percent occupancy on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and more than 70 percent each Monday through Friday. More importantly, none of the hotels can regularly guarantee a convention or meeting group a block of 300-plus rooms.

The Boise Centre, after its current expansion is complete, will be able to host an additional 500 people on peak event days and might require 400-plus guestrooms on a peak night.

The study concludes that Boise is in need of at least one full-service, branded hotel that contains between 350 and 450 rooms. Meanwhile, nothing of that sort is currently on the drawing board.

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