Inn at 500
A mix of contemporary design and warm, classic European charm signal the unique atmosphere of this six-story, 111-guest-room boutique hotel in downtown Boise, Idaho.
The ground floor boasts a lobby, a restaurant and lounge, a hotel-guest bicycle area, enclosed trash and recycling facilities, and supporting mechanical and electrical spaces. The second floor consists of large meeting rooms, a fitness center, and terrace guest rooms—all with access to a grand terrace situated above the main entry. The remaining floors house guest rooms —a variety of king and double-queen rooms and suites—with three penthouses on the sixth floor.
The exterior façade is a marriage of traditional and modern materials providing a structure that respects the historic nature of the adjacent community while conveying a modern feel. Stacked sandstone, precast concrete wainscot and brick veneer cover the street and second levels. Warm colors, rich materials, balconies, and window seats work together to provide a welcoming presence with a hint of European charm. A distinctive roofline of patinated-copper colored metal panels accents the timeless architecture of the facade. Fabric awnings at the ground level provide shade and weather protection. A grand metal and glass porte-cochere highlights the main entry.
As a downtown infill project, the hotel’s orientation and site placement were critical. The 101,400-SF building sets back slightly from the corner creating an entry drive. The drive, which is decorative concrete, is adjacent to the sidewalk and acts much like an urban plaza with decorative landscaping and oversized planter pots filled with colorful flowers and foliage. Lattices, plantings, and climbing vines soften the building, creating a visually interesting pedestrian experience while screening parking. The exterior landscaping also features low seat-walls and public art.