The Modern Hotel Opens in Downtown Boise

March 13th, 2009  |  Published in Uncategorized


Hotel features sleek, modern design, high-end amenities and a rich history

BOISE, Idaho (21 June 2007) — The Modern Hotel, Boise’s modern design hotel, opened in Boise’s Linen District today. The hotel’s 41 guest rooms and surrounding property bring together modern architecture, cutting-edge interior design, and top-of-the-line amenities while offering guests an intimate setting away from home.

The Modern’s guest rooms feature Japanese soaking tubs, walk-in rainshowers, and floor-to-ceiling tiles in spacious bathrooms. Each room has a custom fabric headboard made locally in the Linen District, Nelson bubble lamps, and eclectic touches like the colorful Norwegian army blanket at the foot of each bed. No two rooms are exactly alike. Each boasts its own unique color scheme from chartreuse green to earthy browns. Guest rooms also feature 32-inch flat screen, high-definition TVs, wireless Internet access, iPod docking stations, and Aveda brand hair and bath products.

The Modern was designed with a new generation of travelers in mind, according to David Hale, co-founder of the hotel and owner of Hale Development. “Business and leisure travel are no longer just about a place to stay,” Hale said. “Travelers are weary of forgettable, cookie-cutter rooms with no style or personality. With our unique, highly-designed yet comfortable hotel, we aim to provide guests with an unforgettable experience every time.”

The Modern’s forward-looking style is built upon a rich historical foundation. The downtown Boise building, originally a mid-century TravelLodge, has undergone a $2.5 million renovation. The original Modern Hotel was opened not in Boise, but in neighboring Nampa in 1934 by Juan and Regina Bastida for local Basque sheepherders.

Elizabeth Tullis, co-owner of the Modern Hotel and granddaughter of The Modern’s original founders explained, “we have created an aesthetic that combines the hotel’s colorful history with today’s notions of cutting-edge style and comfort. The result is a hotel that blends modern design with a relaxed atmosphere.”

In addition to chic accommodations, the Modern Hotel has a landscaped interior courtyard where continental breakfast is served around stone-fire pits. The bar and lounge feature a modern design with a curved walnut bar and Cherner chairs. The lounge offers fresh-squeezed juices, fine wines, and an international beer selection.

The Linen Building Event Center, located next door to the Modern Hotel, offers private meeting rooms and larger spaces for weddings and special occasions.

The Modern Hotel offers a 24-hour business center, a non-smoking environment, and wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. The Modern Bar is open from 5 to 11 pm daily.

The hotel is a short walk from Boise’s downtown core and within steps of other Linen District businesses, including outdoor dining and espresso cafes, and Boise’s Visual Arts Collective.

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the Modern Hotel took place Friday afternoon and was attended by Boise Mayor David H. Bieter and several prominent Boise business leaders.

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