1314 Grove St., Boise, ID | Directions 8370243.617925 -116.210308
Lipstick on a pig! – I guess this place is just too hip for me bc I don't get it! The bar was noisy, the room was average. I hope the investors got their money back. I stayed here with my family during a long weekend (family wedding) - could have stayed at the Oxford Suites, but noo-oo, the pix on the website looked great so we picked this. Ugh. What a mistake. The Travel Lodge sign is still tucked against a wall, and the building is squat and screams Cheap Sleep. When we checked on Friday, the crowd in the bar was spilling (teetering) into the parking lot. I asked for a room away from the bar, but ours was right at the top of the stairs, clear view & sound of the bar (after an 8 hr drive from Portland). The beds have scratchy wool Pendleton Bend (Ore) 'retro' blankets (think Army issue on top of thin bedspreads). The shower is 10 feet above you and the water was lukewarm; zero pressure. The bathroom sink is 2 x 2 and drains slowly enough so you can watch all your toothpaste, saliva, mouthwash, whatever, fade away. The bathroom glasses are bar issue. Get drunk and drop a glass and it will shatter against the sink. Aveda products? - whoop-ee. The toothbrush holder is a FLOWER VASE from Crate and Barrel (hahahahaaaa!) and fits ONE brush! Mattresses sit on platforms to give the allusion of firmness. The closet holds an ironing board . A blow dryer & iron are tucked into the bottom shelf. The room looked like somebody's mom had a wet dream at Pottery Barn (lots of paper lanterns). The 6 electrical outlets are on the wall closest to the bathroom (which has a door with frosted glass cut-outs so you can watch your beloved squat on the toilet). There are NONE next to the beds (although the nightstand had a way-y cool iPod alarm clock/music player).
The coup de grace was the band's sound check on Saturday afternoon (3pm) when we had hoped to take a nap. Completely unavoidable as the courtyard is in the middle of everything.
When I checked out there was a $50 "deposit" for incidentals automatically charged on my card, which the front desk failed to mention until I called 8 hrs later from home. So beware. At check in they ask yo to sign for any "parties or pets" you may have (which is stupid considering the bar is the main attraction). So watch that too.
This place is no Jupiter Hotel (Portland). It's barely a 2 star hotel. It doesn't know if it's a bar, a dance hall or or MOTEL. It's a Travel Lodge with a bad face lift.
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