Boise Is Booming

Hotel development and culinary offerings make this city a major draw

Boise Center East

The city of Boise, ID, is quickly enhancing its meeting capabilities with a number of new developments and culinary offerings. A three-phase, $47.5 million expansion of the Boise Centre is nearing completion. Altogether the project adds the 36,000-square-foot Boise Centre East (including a new ballroom and eight additional breakout rooms) as well as a new junior ballroom and outdoor patio, increasing its capacity from 18 meeting rooms to 36, and a total of 80,000 square feet. In conjunction with this expansion, the centrally located Grove Plaza is reopening this summer, with an enhanced water fountain, additional shade structures, and open-access Wi-Fi.

The 110-room Inn at 500 Capitol boutique property opened its doors in February, offering groups pet-friendly accommodations and close proximity to the city center, as well as the 1,764-square-foot Capitol Room. This summer will see the opening of the 180-room Residence Inn by Marriott as well as the 152-room Hyatt Place. Further into the future is the planned Hilton Garden Inn as well as a 144-room property located at Front Street and 6th Street.

Beyond the growing hotel inventory, the city is bursting with memorable, new off-property venues and attractions. Last November saw the opening of the new 55-acre Esther Simplot Park, which boasts ponds, trails, docks, bridges, and swimming areas, connecting to the 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt. Payette Brewing recently unveiled a new flagship location in Boise's downtown, complete with tasting room and green space. Restaurants Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge have opened "The Cellar," an intimate event space for up to 35 people.

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This article appears in the August 2017 issue of Successful Meetings.