• Writing Contest

    October 6th, 2015 by Michal

    creepy hallway imageJoin us for the final 2015 installment of Modern Campfire Stories. Why? Because Alan Heathcock and Christian Winn will be reading seriously creepy fiction. Because there will be a kick-ass scary hotel-based micro-fiction contest. Because if you come in costume you receive happy hour prices all during the event. And because there will be crazy-freaky-writerly antics taking place all night. 7pm – 9pm on The Modern patio.

    Micro-fiction contest guidelines: Write a frightening short story integrating a HOTEL.
    The story MUST be NO LONGER than 390 words.
    Your title does NOT count in the word-count.
    You MUST use this first line: “There had been an argument down the hall.”
    You are ENCOURAGED to use this image as a springboard for your setting.
    There are many scary hotel stories and films (think Psycho, The Shining, that one with John Cusack, etc.), so work hard to avoid cliche’s.
    Originality, great characters, engaging plot, language, and the intangible creep-factor will all be rewarded. Be strange. Surprise us. Freak us out.
    NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline for entry is midnight, October 25th.
    Judged by Mary Shelly, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe.

    First Place: A one night stay at The Modern Hotel and $25 Modern gift card.

    Second Place: $35 Modern gift card.

    Third Place: $20 Modern gift card.

    Email entries to Stories should appear in the body of the email, and will be read by the judges anonymously.


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  • Negroni Week – Drinking for a Cause

    June 2nd, 2015 by Michal


    Drink with a purpose this week – and we’re not talking about just getting a buzz. June 1-7 is Negroni Week, brought to you by Imbibe Magazine. Nationwide, bars are donating a portion of the proceeds from each Negroni cocktail purchased, with funds going to charities of their choice.

    The Modern Hotel and Bar’s pick is Interfaith Sanctuary, an organization we consider vital to Boise. From their website: “Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services is a collaboration of people of faith and people of conscience who have joined together to shelter and serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Sanctuary provides overnight shelter for men, women, and children and provides supportive services that promote greater self-sufficiency, improved well-being, and permanent housing acquisition.”

    Now, that’s a cause we can all raise a glass to!

    So come, on down, and let’s do good while we drink this week. To quote the wise singer –song-writer John Prine, “Hey, it ain’t such a long drop, don’t stammer don’t stutter, from the diamonds in the sidewalk to the dirt in the gutter.”

    Cheers to living and taking care of each other.

    Traditional Negroni

    Classic Negroni
    1.50oz Tanqueray
    0.75oz Carpano Antica
    0.75oz Campari
    Flamed orange

    Negroni Sbagliato

    Negroni Sbagliato
    0.75oz Campari
    0.75oz Carpano Antica
    Orange twist


    1.50oz Bulleit Rye
    0.75oz Carpano Antica
    0.75oz Campari
    Flamed orange

    Tahona Negroni

    Tahona Negroni
    1.50oz Fortaleza blanco Tequila
    1oz Dolin dry vermouth
    1oz Cynar

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  • Artist Maps

    May 6th, 2015 by Michal

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  • The First In-Room Film Festival: 39 Rooms

    February 20th, 2015 by Michal

    The First In-Room Film Festival: 39 Rooms
    Boise, Idaho – February 20, 2015 – The Modern Hotel and Bar present the first in-room film festival.
    The Modern Hotel and Bar has recently launched what is possibly the first “in-room” film festival.

    Over the past year and a half the Modern has–with the help of Laura Mehlaff from Sun Valley Film Festival–acquired these films, through an open competition, for our own in-room film festival. Over 150 film submissions were received from throughout the world. They came from Idaho but they also came from Spain, the Russian Federation and even Tajikistan.

    Now guests can watch short films specifically selected for the festival on the Modern Hotel‘s own Channel 39. They will even be able to vote for their favorite films, which will be awarded the honor of Guest’s Favorite Award.

    Here are the selections for this year’s first international round of the festival:
    • Retire for the Evening, Written and Directed by Ed Hellmanilm
    • Sheltered Love, by Alex Italics, Director; Co-Producer
    • Juba-lation, Filmed and Edited by Andy Lawless
    • ZIMA by Cristina Picchi
    • Cities and Memories, by Yuqi Kang, Poetry by Italo Calvino
    • BEAST, by Brock Forrette
    • One Thing to Take, directed and animated by Bill Pettitt, story by Christian Winn
    • August, Director/Producer: Michael Moody Culpepper,
    • Baby Crazy by Haroula Rose, Writer/Director

    Several of the films are world premieres, while others have been previously selected by other festivals. Baby Crazy premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival last year and Zima was selected by Sundance. Either way we think these films are worthy of another audience. The 39 Rooms Film Festival is another way the Modern Hotel supports the Arts: by encouraging filmmakers and providing another venue to show their work.

    This July we are accepting submissions for films about the Basque Country and culture. We will show them in the rooms during Jaialdi in July.

    Michal Lloyd
    1314 W Grove St.
    Boise, Idaho 83702
    Ph: 208-319-4684

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  • #InBedattheModernHotel

    August 16th, 2014 by Michal

    Tour de Fat Photos

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