Hotel overview

Conveniently located off I-184 in the core of downtown Boise, Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner is just 10 minutes from the airport via our complimentary airport transportation and a short drive to the State Capitol, the Boise Convention Center and many other popular attractions. We are minutes away from the beautiful Boise River and a mile and a half from Boise State University. 182 fully remodeled, smoke-free, comfortable guest rooms and two spacious suites welcome you to our seven-story, full-service property. Free Internet access is available in all guest rooms and meeting rooms along with in-room telephone dataports, microwave, refrigerator and coffeemakers. Guests also enjoy our fitness center, whirlpool and swimming pool and can take advantage of Boises Greenbelt jogging path, just steps away. Seven golf courses, shopping, skiing, rafting and the great Idaho outdoors are all close by. With 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space, the Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner is a full service convention hotel able to accommodate up to 250 guests for your next conference or special occasion.

Property information

Year Built: 1963
Last Renovation: 2006
Accessible rooms: 8
All rooms non-smoking: 182
Connecting rooms or suites: 38
Double bedrooms: 57
Floors: 7
Nonsmoking rooms: 182
Rooms with internet access: 182
Single-bedded accommodations: 123
Suites: 2
Total rooms: 182
Total rooms and suites: 182

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General policies & fine print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
General Policies: children under 18 stay free
Kids Stay Free Policy Maximum number of children per paid adult: 0
Pet Policy Pets Allowed: Pets accepted, nominal fee. Inquire at the hotel for specifics and exemptions

Ratings & reviews

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4.0 660 reviews
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    You, Your Family and some 'Friendly' people from the Shelter!

    Our stay was enlivened with encounters in the elevator and outside with hotel residents who are from the local homeless shelter. I thought that might have been the case and found a response on from management stating yes, they DO have shelter residents at the hotel, but they have their own floor. Maybe so, but in summertime people get around a bit. I will cross this place off the list. The floor of the room was dirty, bedside table had sticky gunk on it. And the smell of marijuana was a bit strong on our floor.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Needs some TLC

    This hotel used to be the top of the line many years ago. The bed was very comfortable, but the AC did not work quite right and the room and halls smelt like smoke. The smoke detector was handing off the wall, so I did fix that. I am also curious if the homeless are staying in or around the hotel as there seemed to be quite a few there. The room was pretty clean, and it worked for what I needed it to, the internet is a little slow FYI. It is central to downtown and easy to access what you need. I really think this hotel could use a remodel and could be top of the line again.

    Sep 01, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    A huge maze of a hotel, but nice beds and okay location.

    We booked this hotel for a pet-friendly stop on a road trip. The largest drawback for this hotel is that it’s a massive maze, so it isn’t easy to bring in a lot of baggage (trolleys were missing when we checked in) or just pop out real quick to the car. The hotel, elevator, and common areas are old and tired—in need of TLC. The King bed however, was great and the rooms were quite spacious and clean. When pulling into the large parking lot, it seems like you are really far from the adorable downtown, but if you are up for a walk, there is a lot of cute shops and places to eat/drink. Because place seems understaffed and too large, I would look elsewhere if there may be other pet-friendly options.

    Aug 23, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    This place is awesome. Rooms are great. Jill and Ashley helped me so much. I think I have found a new home when I go to Boise. I travel a lot for work and typically stay in low cost properties, but the value is equal to the money I paid. However, at the Red Lion I got an awesome rate for a much higher value and level of service.

    Aug 19, 2020
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Truly an unbearable experience

    The room was clean! That’s the only upswing! No effective air conditioning, squeaking bed and sagging to the middle mattress like something from the late 60’s, shower and tub don’t drain, high street noise and grumpy front desk staff. This is a bottom of the barrel budget motel.

    Aug 02, 2020