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Boise’s Inn at 500 Capitol celebrates grand opening Friday with pizzazz, local artists

February 9, 2017 -- A small grove of art inhabits the corner of Myrtle Street and Capitol Boulevard, one of the busiest intersections in Downtown Boise and home to the new Inn at 500 Capitol.

The towering trio of sculptural trees gracefully arches above the sidewalk outside the tony boutique hotel, as its copper and gold “leaves” turn and glitter in the sunlight.

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Room Service: Boise's Burgeoning Business of Putting 'Heads on Beds'

January 18, 2017 -- When Carrie Westergard assumed the post of executive director of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau—the marketing arm of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce—she asked Boise Valley Economic Partnership Executive Director Clark Krause which high-profile conventions he regularly attended.

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A Eugene hotel provided the model for a Downtown Boise hotel opening this week

January 16, 2017 -- Brian Obie says his first upscale hotel in Eugene, Ore., is doing so well that he is about to open his second — in Boise.

And he may not stop there.

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The year ahead: Big news coming in the Treasure Valley in 2017

December 31, 2016 -- Development: The Inn at 500 Capitol — and the attached Richard’s restaurant — is scheduled to open in January, ahead of two or three other Boise hotels slated for 2017 openings.

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Opening day nears for new Boise hotel

December 30, 2016 -- One of several new downtown Boise hotels is about to open its doors.

Friday afternoon KTVB got a sneak peek inside the Inn at 500 Capitol.

From the minute you walk through the doors hotel President Brian Obie says his vision is coming to life.

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Sneak peek at the Inn at 500 Capitol

December 30, 2016 -- The Inn at 500 Capitol is opening in January in Downtown Boise.

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Sneak Peek Inn at 500 Capitol

The corner of Capitol (Boulevard) and Myrtle (Street) is the premier corner of downtown Boise," said the owner of the Inn at 500 Capitol. He spoke of guest experience, art appreciation, and excitement for the overall hotel to open very soon. And then, they gave us a quick tour to see how the hotel is coming along. (Kayla Cash/KBOI Photo)

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Downtown Boise projects will start wrapping up fast in 2017

December 22, 2016 -- Labor shortages and nasty weather have delayed by a few weeks the opening of Inn at 500, an upscale hotel under construction on the southeast corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street.

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Richard's Restaurant at Inn at 500 Opening January 2, 2017, Hotel Will Open in Mid-January

December 15, 2016 -- The year in Boise was framed, in large part, by the sight of construction cranes looming over the downtown core, as multiple projects took advantage of the post-recession building boom. One of those high-profile construction projects, at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street, is nearing completion and eyeing an early 2017 grand opening.

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Inn at 500 Capitol to open by Jan. 17

December 14, 2016 -- The Inn at 500 Capitol expects to have its certificate of occupancy by Jan. 17 to welcome overnight guests to the 112-room boutique hotel at Myrtle Street and Capitol Boulevard in downtown Boise, General Manager Aaron Black said.

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11 Pet-Friendly Holiday Towns and Cities

December 12, 2016 -- Downtown Boise, Idaho, becomes transformed into a charming holiday town every winter. Pet parents and their pooches can stroll downtown to see the massive Christmas tree on the Grove Plaza, listen to carolers strolling throughout the city, and then finish the day with a hot cup of coffee on the pet-friendly patio at the downtown location of Java Coffee & Cafe.

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Weekend Getaways for Weird Art Adventures

December 12, 2016 -- L.A. has plenty of iconic Instagram-friendly murals. (Got your wings on at Collette Miller’s Angel Wings yet?) In Idaho, an entire city block of photographic walls await. What began in 2002 as a singular drawing by artist Colby Akers on the backdoor of a cafe is now the largest outdoor gallery in the northwest. The murals are ever-evolving as older pieces are painted over or incorporated into new works. Freak Alley Gallery features a roster of regular artists and an indoor gallery. Hotel tip: Inn at 500 Capitol, Boise’s newest boutique stay, opens December 31, 2016.

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Nicole and JD Get a Special Sneak Peek of the Inn at 500 Capitol

November 14, 2016 -- JD and I had the pleasure of checking out a sneak peek of the NEW Inn at 500 Capitol, a new luxury boutique hotel in downtown Boise. We made ourselves quite comfortable and snagged two of the softest robes as we took in the whole experience.


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Eugene’s Inn at the 5th provides the formula for a Boise project 

October 23, 2016 -- Inspired by the success of their Eugene high-end boutique hotel — Inn at the 5th — Obie and Barrett are preparing to open Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise on Jan. 1.

The partners say they have discovered a winning business formula by developing independent, fancy hotels in underserved markets, namely relatively small cities that are home to well-known universities.

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Inn at 500 Places Final I-Beam

September 12, 2016 - After about a year of construction, the Inn at 500 placed it's final I-Beam today. Adorned with signatures of people affiliated with its construction and weighing in at about 1,000 pounds, it was hoisted along the North side of the building after celebration marked by grilled hot dogs and a few brief speeches.

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Final beam placed on new downtown Boise hotel

September 12, 2016 - The final beam on one of Boise's newest hotels was placed today. A ceremony was held as the beam made its way up to the 6th floor of the Inn at 500 Capitol. On it is about 150 signatures of all those who made the project happen. The Inn at 500 Capitol is a 6-floor boutique hotel comprised of 110 rooms.

Inn at 500 Capitol Races Toward Opening

September 12, 2016 - With less than four months to go until its opening, Inn at 500 Capitol celebrated its topping-out ceremony Monday.

The boutique-style hotel is one of three lodging facilities under construction in Downtown Boise - and the first scheduled to open.

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Going places: New hires and local business news

June 27, 2016 -- The Inn at 500 Capitol has announced the addition of two new management employees as the hotel prepares for opening later this year.Jessica Ray will lead hotel operations, and Curt Asmussen will direct sales for downtown Boise’s new boutique hotel.

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New hotels make Boise more marketable

June 16, 2016 -- Boise is riding a tidal wave of interest that has not only fueled housing development but is impacting tourism and travel — best demonstrated by three new hotels rising up downtown.

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Achievements by Treasure Valley people at work: June-July 2016
June 11, 2016 -- The Inn at 500 Capitol has hired Jessica Ray to lead hotel operations and Curt Asmussen to direct sales for the Downtown Boise boutique hotel, which is expected to open later this year.

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Jessica Ray and Curt Asmussen join the Inn at 500 Capitol management staff
June 10, 2016 -- Jessica Ray will lead hotel operations and Curt Asmussen will direct sales for the Inn at 500 Capitol, opening this year in Boise.

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Boise’s Inn at 500 Capitol offers a sneak peek
May 23, 2016 -- No one will accuse The Inn at 500 Capitol of being low-rent. Rooms in the six-story, $25 million hotel, under construction downtown at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street, will cost $200 a night.

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The Inn at 500 Capitol hosts tour of construction, model room
April 29, 2016 -- The Inn at 500 Capitol invited people to tour the construction site of the 112-room hotel in downtown Boise, and to see a model room the hotel has installed in BoDo on April 22.

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Three new hotels under construction in downtown Boise
April 28, 2016 -- There's a lot of growth happening in the City of Trees, and all you have to do is walk a few blocks downtown to see the proof. There are three new hotels under construction right now.The Inn at 500 Capitol, located at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street, is a boutique hotel.

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Three hotels have risen two stories in downtown Boise
April 26, 2016 -- Hotelier Obie Development Partners has poured the concrete deck of its third floor for the Inn at 500 Capitol hotel project at Myrtle Street and Capitol Boulevard. It's the first of three active downtown Boise hotel projects to reach that height.

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Luxury hotel shows off demo of new room
April 22, 2016 -- We got a sneak peek at what Boise's new luxury hotel will look like. This is a demo of a room from the Inn at 500 Capitol. The hotel isn't slated to be done until the end of this year, or early next year, but they're already showing off their high end rooms and amenities.

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Catch an early peek at the posh Inn at 500 Capitol
April 22, 2016 -- The Inn at 500 Capitol, the six-story, upscale Downtown hotel under construction at 500 Capitol Blvd., is expected to open late this year. The developer, Obie Development Partners, offered Boise leaders and media a tour of a model room Friday to show what the hotel’s $200-a-night rooms will look like.

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Cafe Vicino's Richard Langston will headline Inn at 500 Capitol's dining scene
March 2, 2016 -- The snail mail crossed in the post as the Richard’s Café Vicino and the Inn at 500 Capitol initially reached out to each other to see if the long-time Hyde Park restaurateur would be a fit for the boutique hotel going up at Myrtle Street and Capitol Boulevard. The answer, when it came, was “yes.”

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Richard's Cafe Vicino is moving downtown
February 29, 2016 -- Chef Richard Langston, of North End staple Richard’s Café Vicino, is relocating his popular Italian restaurant to the Inn at 500 Capitol.

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Model room gives sneak peek of Boise, Ketchum hotels under construction
February 5, 2016 -- The Inn at 500 Capitol boutique hotel isn’t set to open until Dec. 31 in downtown Boise, but a king room will be on full display in the Capitol Gateway building in BoDo by early March.

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Boise’s Inn at 500 Capitol hires a manager
January 19, 2016 -- Aaron Black, a luxury hotelier from Portland, Maine, has been hired to lead Boise’s Inn at 500 Capitol.Black has more than 20 years of hotel management experience, said the hotel developers, Obie Development Partners of Eugene, Ore. The hotel is due to open this year.

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Boise Breaks Ground (With a Golden Jackhammer) For the Inn at 500 Capitol
October 13, 2015--Developers joined Boise city leaders Tuesday morning to break ground on the Inn at 500 Capitol, one of three hotels set to occupy three corners of the intersection of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street—one of Boise's (and Idaho's) busiest intersections.

"Boise is in need of this hotel. The community will embrace it. This hotel will have one brand, and it will be the Boise brand," said developer and former Eugene, Ore., Mayor Brian Obie.

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Groundbreaking: Inn at 500 Capitol
October 10, 2015 -- The Inn at 500 Capitol broke ground in downtown Boise on Oct. 13. The independent boutique hotel is slated to be complete in late 2016. It’s owned by Obie Development Partners of Eugene, Ore., and it’s located on the southeast corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street.

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Inn at 500 Capitol will be the second downtown Boise hotel out of the gate
October 8, 2015 -- The second downtown Boise hotel groundbreaking in as many months is set for Oct. 13 as work starts on the Inn at 500 Capitol, a boutique hotel at the southeast corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street. Across the street, at the northeast corner, demolition work started Sept. 2 on the Dunkley Music building.

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Inn at 500 Capitol gets $467,000 in urban renewal subsidies
August 27, 2015 -- Urban renewal funds will subsidize $467,435 in utility relocation and streetscape costs for the proposed 113-room Inn at 500 Capitol boutique hotel. The hotel is destined for the southeast corner of Myrtle Street and Capitol Boulevard.

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The Inn at 500 Capitol Gets Green Light From Boise Planning & Zoning
April 9, 2015-- A boutique hotel planned for the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street has gotten the go-ahead from Boise's Planning & Zoning Commission.

The Inn at 500 Capitol will be a 104-room, 7-story hotel is expected to cost approximately $25 million to build. Construction is expected to begin in August of this year and be completed by the end of 2016.

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Inn at 500 Capitol hotel passes first round of city scrutiny
April 9, 2015 -- The 104-room Inn at 500 Capitol boutique hotel proposal passed through its first round of preliminary city approvals on April 8. The City of Boise Planning & Zoning Commission’s Design Review Committee recommended approval of Obie Development Partners’ $25 million proposal for the southeast corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street.


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Oregon Company Fronts Another Hotel in Downtown Boise
March 12, 2015 -- Obie Development Partners LLC, based in Eugene, Ore., has announced that it is seeking city approval for a $25 million, seven-story, 104-room boutique hotel on the southeast corner of Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street, a stone's throw from the "premier" hotel project fronted by Eagle-based hotel investment company Pennbridge Capital.

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Another Hotel Planned for Downtown Boise
March 10, 2015-- Obie Development Partners announced Tuesday that it submitted an application to the city of Boise for a seven-story, 104-room hotel.
The company, founded by former Eugene, Ore., Mayor Brian Obie, hopes to break ground late this summer and finish construction by the end of 2016. The project is expected to cost $25 million.

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Achievements by Treasure Valley people at work:

October 25, 2016 -- The Inn at 500 Capitol has hired Amy Parrish as corporate sales manager. Parrish has 12 years of hotel sales and catering expertise and is a Boise State University Alumni Association board member and treasurer of the Southwest Idaho Travel Association board.

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