• The only 24/7, always-on Basque short film festival you can watch naked.

    November 22nd, 2015 by Michal



    From Hubert Le Blonen azken hegaldia

    It’s late. You checked in to the Modern and made your way to your room. After you’ve entered the room, flipped on the light, dropped your bags on the floor, and fallen back on the bed, your hand flops around the nightstand to conjure up the TV remote. Turning it on on you see what seems like a strange transmission in a strange language, complete with subtitles. If you can resist the urge to switch to late-night talk, you’re about to catch a glimpse of a rare, cinematic treat—Basque Short Films.


    From Oiartzun

    The latest installment of 39 Rooms Film Festival Films, the Modern Hotel & Bar’s ongoing, in-room film festival is featuring Basque Short Films. Launched this summer in honor of Jaialdi 2015, the recurring festival that celebrates Boise culture’s deep Basque connections, these short films span a range of comedy, drama, poetic, and animation that bring to life modern takes on Basque life.

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    From Democracia

    Here’s a list of what you just might be watching. So make yourself comfortable and enjoy.

    Soroa: Directed by Asier Altuna

    A stunning visual poem of sun, wind, arid soil, and prayers for rain.

    Democracia: Directed by Borja Cobeaga

    Black comedy about a daring plan for keeping the workers’ morale high.

    Abuztua: Directed by Pello Gutierrez

    A tale about a boy taking care of his comatose Grandmother that skillfully navigates the border between love and horror.

    Hubert Le Blonen azken hegaldia: Directed by Koldo Amandoz

    Animated documentary about the life and death of an early 20th century Icarus.


    Colera: Directed by Aritz Moreno

    “Colera” is based on “Terminated,” a comic story about an unaccepting village.

    Oiartzun: Directed by Julen Agirre Egibar

    Offbeat animation about a woman and a gramophone—and fire.

    Forgotten Times: Directed by Alberto Catenacci

    First-person accounts that evoke the diversity and complexity of of Basque migration and the return to Euskadi.

    Elkartea (The Society): Directed by Kote Camacho

    A group of old friends get together for dinner, discovering one of them is now down on his luck. Dinner won’t be as comfortable as expected.

    Una Hora, Un Paso: Directed by Bernat Gual and Aitor Iturriza

    A team of reporters enters a prison where Juan has been held for 17 years. Something terrible is about to happen.

    Zela Trovke: Directed by Asier Altuna

    A documentary about Basque musicians performing an old Slovak ‘moritat’, a type of ballad that narrates the events surrounding a murder.

    Arconada: Directed by Asier Urbieta

    An evocative coming-of-age film about a color blind boy who hopes to become a great football goalie.

    A Loving Neighbor: Directed by Pello Varela

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  • Flashback to 1960

    December 7th, 2014 by Michal

    Flashback to 1960 when 1314 W Grove was a Travelodge. In 2007 it was renovated and reopened as the Modern Hotel and Bar. Later in 2010 the Modern Hotel was awarded the Orchid for Contribution to Historic Preservation.

    Read more about the Orchid award at

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  • Treefort 2014

    January 17th, 2014 by webAdmin

    Again this year we are blessed with the Treefort Music Festival. Great bands migrate north from the warmth of Austin, Texas and will breeze into town to warm up our city March 20-24.
    If you didn’t go last year, I’ll offer some words of wisdom–or what I’m proclaiming to be wisdom. Go to Treefort, indulge yourself. Attending Treefort is like being the first one down the mountain after a fresh snowfall. It’s like being the first water skier on a glassy lake, carving beautiful rooster tails. It is primo. The indie music festival South by Southwest is an aging monster, now in its twenty seventh year. Boise’s own Treefort is your chance to catch a festival in its youth. My advice: be at Treefort when it’s young, instead of looking back and wishing you were there at the beginning. The Modern Hotel still has a few rooms in the belly of the beast, the heart of the action, the hub, baby! Call the Modern Hotel for details.



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  • letter from room 235

    July 19th, 2012 by webAdmin

    hi there,

    i am writing from room 235 where i just returned after a very lovely dinner and concert on the patio. i am just so in love with everything about your fine hotel that i HAD to write, right now, and tell you all.
    when we told friends we were traveling to boise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary they laughed at us…literally. we wanted a get away that required a plane ride, wasn’t too far, was affordable, offered a city feel with good restaurants and some live music, and was hot. we also wanted hip accomodations. with college tuition payments for our kids we were working with a budget. and i wanted to be someplace where i knew literally  no one. still…they all laughed.
    when we looked online for accomodations we fell in love with you all via your website, replete with staff bios, history, and menus. the fact that you included a bio for your housekeeping manager/staff endeared me to you immensely!! i, in particular, couldn’t wait to arrive. i love midcentury modern design and also am committed to supporting local small businesses when i have the choice. we booked late so only had a choice of a small room which my husband tried several times to upgrade but you guys are just so popular no one ever cancelled.
    i cannot tell you how thrilled we are with exactly where we are. we keep trying to want to go try other restaurants but can’t seem to leave. everything we eat here, from the fresh squeezed orange juice this morning, to the afternoon nut snack, to our dinners is amazing and feels as though it is prepared with utmost care and attention to detail. it was especially wonderful to have the days’ specials described to us by the chef…in our room!! michal and polly have provided great help and recommendations, and our server at dinner tonight (cowboy boots, pony tails, and round glasses…so bummed not to have gotten her name) was spectacular. our room couldn’t be more comfortable and so fun to be right over the patio.
    our son is working retail this summer and it’s reminding us how difficult it can be, at times, to work in service and customer focused industries. i’m sure that’s true at times for you all. given that, i didn’t want to wait to thank you so much for providing us with a really fun and relaxing together time. these are rare for us and your fine hotel will forever be associated with wonderful, fun, happy, and warm (literally and figuratively) memories for us!
    thank you, thank you, thank you! a million times…thank you!!

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  • The Modern Hotel & the Tree Fort Music Festival Package

    February 17th, 2012 by webAdmin

    The Modern Hotel is offering three hotel nights and admission to  the Tree Fort Music Festival

    The Modern Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Tree Fort Music Festival country in downtown Boise. It is a stumble away from three of the top Tree Fort music venues–across the street from the Linen Building, around the corner from the Neurolux and three blocks from the Main Stage. This hotel package includes four days of concerts, along with other music happenings. Each package includes two general admission tickets to the festival for all four days, two “keep that music playing” pig lighters from the Modern and a “Welcome to the Festival, friend” drink voucher at the Modern Bar a, $20 value.

    Packages are limited to guests who book all three nights, so book early to get in on the deal.

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