It’s almost moot to say that Idaho is rich with beauty, sport, and culture; that much is obvious the moment you cross our borders and explore our landscape and treasured history! What truly sets Idaho apart is the genuine, caring western hospitality that can be found in every corner of our state.
As you explore Idaho’s great outdoors and vibrant personality, your lodging experience in the Gem State doesn’t have to be an impersonal “chain hotel” one. Idaho has dozens of scenic, lavish, quirky, and comfortable options that will allow you to make the most of your visit, no matter which part of the state you’re traveling to. Support small businesses and get an awesome night’s sleep at any one of Idaho’s most charming and unique lodging options.
1. Black Swan Inn, Pocatello
Built in 1933 and and transformed into the realization of two couples' dreams, the Black Swan Inn's Tudor and gardenlike exterior is only a taste of its interior charms. With 15 themed suites ranging from Egyptian and Moroccan to Underwater, there's a cozy destination retreat to fit every taste and romantic occasion. Here, you will be charmed with all the elegance and details of a pricey overseas vacation, with all the conveniences of one of Southeast Idaho's largest cities.
2. Destinations Inn, Idaho Falls
We can't mention the Black Swan without mentioning its sister location, the Destinations Inn. Owned and operated by the same husband and wife team, Destinations offers an entirely new set of themed rooms, all housed in the historic 1905 Idaho Falls Eagles Lodge Building.
3. The Treehouse, Ketchum
You've always wanted to stay in a treehouse, and these quaint, lofted cabins give travelers a taste of childhood dreams come true. Every treehouse has an outdoor kitchen below the sleeping quarters, and a large, shared community bathroom. Depending on the treehouse you choose, your cozy home away from home may come equipped with a ladder, or more accessible stairs.
4. Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast, Clark Fork
A romantic getaway, a self-sufficient homestead, a rustic camping experience, and all the comforts of a traditional bed and breakfast combine at this family-run rental. Here, in the relaxing atmosphere of Northern Idaho, you'll have the opportunity to camp in the middle of Clark Fork's most secluded scenery, while enjoying the lush comforts of a bed and hot, freshly-prepared breakfast every morning. It's the best of both worlds, really.
5. Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood
Officially named "Sweet Willy," this giant beagle is actually a clean and comfy B&B. Whether sleeping in the belly or in the snout, you're sure to love the kitschy canine decor, sweet homemade touches, and artistic, welcoming atmosphere that husband wife owners Dennis and Frances create in this one-of-a-kind stay in rural Idaho. According to Dennis and Frances, dogs and their "well-behaved humans" are also welcome. Woof!
6. Ashley Inn, Cascade
For a cozy, yet luxurious hotel-like stay with personalized service and complimentary...everything, Ashley Inn is a beautiful and welcome Idaho gem. Oversized tubs and suites, fireplaces, a scenic setting right on Payette River, and fresh Southern charm and hospitality make this inn something truly special. And the opportunity to sleep in a turreted tower is just an added bonus.
7. The Idaho Castle, Hope
Everybody needs to stay in a castle at least once in their life, and the Idaho Castle delivers an incredibly scenic and authentic fairytale experience that is hard to find elsewhere. Featuring a full gourmet kitchen, a tower room, and stunning panormaic views of Lake Pend Orielle.
8. Boise Guesthouse, Boise
A unique alternative to a traditional hotel or B&B, these compact, urban, playful, and subtly themed suites bring historic downtown Boise and its vibrant art scene to life. With three locations, multiple decor options, and the utmost in simplified luxury, every suite makes for a beautiful destination retreat even in the heart of the capital. You can even check out their website to learn more about the contributing local artists and their work.
9. The Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene
This resort was hailed by U.S. News & World Report as Idaho's top hotel, and nationally ranked in the top 20 Northwest getaways. One glimpse of this luxury resort's panoramic lakeside views, lush tower suites with wall-to-wall windows and majestic fireplaces, and its scenic floating golf course will be enough to make you want to drop everything and move in. The CDA Resort is undoubtedly the pinnacle of Idaho destination lodging, offering every amenity and lavish experience one could dream of, all in Northern Idaho's most beautiful waterfront setting. There was no way we couldn't include it on this list.
Forget ordinary motels and cabins – why stay there when you could stay in a castle?