Even with two new hotels planned in Downtown Boise, the city could use another, even bigger one, the director of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau says.
This month, two companies proposed building hotels across the street from one another. They would also be across the street from the existing Hampton Inn and a block from the Grove Hotel.
Boise has eight hotels within 10 blocks of the Boise Centre, the city’s convention venue. The hotels have a combined 1,238 rooms. But Carrie Westergard, director of the visitors bureau, said there’s a shortage of rooms that can be blocked off and booked in advance.
Westergard said that’s a problem for big Downtown events like conventions. Conventions often must house attendees in multiple hotels, which many event organizers don’t like. If, for example, organizers want 200 rooms in one hotel within walking distance of the Boise Centre for a convention a year from now, they’re out of luck. Westergard said the largest Downtown hotel, The Grove, has 250 rooms but will usually book only 150 as a block.