Boise's Harrison Plaza Suite Hotel being demolished

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comFebruary 13, 2014 

The Harrison Plaza Suite Hotel, 409 S. Cole Road, has closed and changed hands. Now it's being demolished.

"When I saw photos of it, my heart was in my stomach," said Adam H. Koffler, who owned the hotel for 17 years. Koffler, who previously lived in Ketchum and still has a home there, moved to Florida seven years ago.

"It's hard to run a business when you're so far away," he said. "My life is here on the East Coast." The hotel has been for sale on and off since he moved.

The owners of the Larry H. Miller Honda dealership purchased the property. The car business sits right next to the hotel property. The deal went through in December, Koffler said.

A call seeking comment Wednesday from the owners of the car dealership has not been returned. But staff in Boise's Planning & Zoning Department said the dealership plans to use the property to display vehicles. The hotel sits on 1.34 acres, and the whole property was valued at $1.6 million in 2013, according to assessor's records.

Koffler knew the car dealership didn't want to operate a hotel and would probably raze the building, but it was still a little shocking to see the photos.

Koffler said the four-story structure, built in 1985, was originally designed as an office building. He operated it as a boutique hotel that catered to business travelers, but was also frequented by sports teams and visitors from the Wood River Valley. The hotel, which had 38 suites that accommodate about 80 to 85 people, had a pool and magnolia trees in its atrium.

"Our rooms were much larger than what you could find elsewhere in the market," he said. "It had extra wide hallways ... It was very spacious."

The hotel was originally named the Plaza Suite Hotel. Koffler said he added the name Harrison — his middle name — to prevent it from being confused with other hotels with similar names.

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