During the half-dozen trips I take each year, I try to pick at least one night in a unique, somewhat stylish, non-cookie cutter hotel. Therefore, I really thought I'd be staying at the Modern Hotel for my downtown Boise overnight. But it was for two reasons that I ended up choosing the Hampton Inn... and I'm glad I did.
First, I like to stay in a place with a fitness center... and the Hampton's was perfectly serviceable. Not the best in the world, but quite adequate. Second, the Hampton's accessibility to downtown Boise's restaurants is superb, whereas I got the sense that I would need to drive and park, were I to stay at the Modern. I loved being able to walk to a wide selection of restaurants and shops. My room at the Hampton did not have unique, stylish features like walk-in showers, but it was clean and up-to-date (e.g. wide flat-screen TVs). The service was pretty great, too; the woman at the front desk cheerfully accommodated my request to check in early, as well to have a room on a high floor, away from potential noise that sometimes comes with a Saturday night stay at any hotel.
The only minor negative I can think of, and it isn't really the hotel's fault, is that the adjacent, city-owned parking garage was designed by someone who thought that people drive only Mini Coopers. The turns to navigate between floors are very sharp. When the garage is not busy, it's really not a problem. Some may balk at the $10/day fee... for me, the convenience made it well worth it.
At less than $150 a night, it was a good value. I appreciate the fact that this property is true to its mid-level hotel roots, but that it offers a few upscale amenities to make it a good fit for its downtown location.
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