The Owyhee is no longer a hotel

The Owyhee is Now Your Place to Work, Meet or Live

The Owyhee’s transformation: From a Boise landmark hotel to a cultural cornerstone and gathering place for tastemakers and trendsetters.

No longer a hotel, The Owyhee underwent a significant renovation that now features modern offices, flexible event space and luxury lofts, The Owyhee offers an ideal location to work, meet or live.

  • Meeting/event space for 20-500 attendees
  • Fiber optic Internet
  • Fitness center with locker room and showers
  • Full-service coffee & liquor bar
  • The Owyhee Tavern restaurant
  • The Beehive hair salon & Sola salons

Email or call (208) 343-4611 to learn more.

Idaho Statesman story on The Owyhee HotelFor a detailed article about The Owyhee’s transformation, please read the following article, courtesy of the Idaho Statesman

From Owyhee Hotel to Owyhee Place

When the Owyhee Plaza Hotel was built in 1910 on the corner of 12th and Main streets, it had a large, elegant rooftop terrace. The rooftop garden was closed in 1940, but General Manager Clay Carley says he is bringing the terrace back to life.

This time, it has a large, glass-walled indoor area and deck available for rent. Picture wedding parties and corporate affairs. The hosts may even throw in a public bar.

Carley, best known for his renovation of Old Boise at 6th and Main streets a decade ago, took on the Owyhee Plaza project in 2012. He closed what he says was an aging hotel that could no longer compete with chain and boutique hotels. With partner LocalConstruct, a Los Angeles urban-rehabilitation developer, he turned the original hotel and its four-story 1960 motel addition into an office, apartment and retail complex called Owyhee Place.

Carley says this was his first experience with a residential building. The building has 36 apartments. Most are one-bedroom. Four are studios. They are currently nearly all rented.

Most of the project has a contemporary look. One exception is the office and retail space on the corner of 11th and Main streets. This is the only part of the building that has historic decor.

It was Carley’s goal to repair, replace and restore that space as close to its original condition as possible, with help from a federal tax credit to help builders stimulate low-income areas.

A Mostly Modern Feel

The rest of the project will be modern and contemporary.

“Everything that had value was destroyed,” Carley says, “so we don’t want to create a sense of false history.”

The hotel was renovated several times. Workers demolished the marble mosaic floor and big, round marble columns. They took out all the original windows and wood paneling.

“There was a spectacular stained glass dome that was removed from the ceiling of the lobby and reinstalled at the Idaho State Historical Society” during a 1977 renovation, he says. “I called and asked if I could get it back. They said no way.”

The former Gamekeeper restaurant, which closed a few years ago, was replaced by another fine-dining restaurant, he says. He also is working on a possible fitness center. Tapia Family Catering will work the Plaza Grill and cater for the ballroom and rooftop terrace.

The renovation added ample event space. The new rooftop terrace holds up to 150 people, and Carley has expanded the original ballroom from an occupancy of 220 to 350.