From top to bottom, east to west, Idaho is one of the most stunning states in the US. Between its mountains, clear lakes and rivers, the state is already intriguing enough, but if you’re looking to bring some extra pizazz to your vacation, check out these Funky and Cool Places To Stay In Idaho.
The Anniversary Inn Boise
The Anniversary Inn in Idaho’s capital city offers guests a plethora of fun rooms. The Fire & Ice room tops our list of cool places to stay in Idaho.
You can stay the night in the Mysteries of Egypt room where pyramid-style tiles don the walls, and a pharaoh statue looms over the suite, giving you the feeling of ancient Egypt without ever leaving the United States.
Or, how about a Biker Road House suite inspired by the dive bars off of Route 66? A Romeo and Juliet room with a romantic balcony? A room decorated like the US Capitol?
Some of the other suite themes included in this off the beaten path hotel are:
- Enchanted Forest
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Oregon Trail
- Country Garden
- Sultan’s Palace
The Big Idaho Potato Hotel
One of Kristie Mae Wolfe’s tiny home creations, The Big Idaho Potato Hotel outside Boise, is one of the strangest places you can stay the night. Literally a big potato, the single-room motel has electricity, plumbing, air condition, heat, and a fridge.
After traveling the United States on a semi-trailer to bring attention to the Idaho Potato Commission, the potato finally came to rest in the farmland outside of the state’s capital. Wolfe, who owns the potato and its property, has had the motel listed on Airbnb since 2019.
Coeur de Lion Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d’Alene
The Coeur de Lion Bed and Breakfast is a gorgeous three-story hotel outside of Coeur d’Alene. Visitors can experience the beauty of Idaho on the bed and breakfast’s outdoor patio and porch or stargaze through the hotel’s telescope.
Lavishly decorated with musical instruments, a plethora of plants, and other peculiar furnishings, the Coeur de Lion is one of the best ways to experience Idaho.
Destinations Inn Theme Rooms in Idaho Falls
The Destinations Inn in Idaho Falls offers world-class luxury theme suites for travelers who aren’t content with the average hotel room.
Each suite in the inn mimics different famous cities and countries throughout the world. You can experience Idaho while being surrounded by the Islamic designs of Morocco, the marble opulence of Athens, or the sleek modernism of New York City.
Other destination suites in the hotel include:
Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood
Rated as one of the Top 20 Most Fun and Exciting Places to Stay by the London Times, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a hotel like no other. Guests stay inside the World’s Biggest Beagle, a giant dog-shaped building with a bedroom, a loft with extra beds, and a second-story porch.
The hotel has been in operation since 1997 when husband and wife artists, Dennis and Frances, opened their largest creation for visitors. Inside the inn, you’ll even find some of the chainsaw wood carvings that Dennis has made over the years.
Franklin House in Boise
The 1896 Franklin House is one of Boise’s oldest ice houses, making it the perfect place for a distinctive bed and breakfast. As a cute five-bedroom home with two hot tubs and fourteen porch swings, Franklin House is a unique getaway for those looking for the most relaxing of vacations.
The inn is also known for its ‘Beer Garden,’ where visitors can sit on hammocks around the fire pits while drinking some of the best beer in Idaho.
The Castle – Chateau De Melusine
The Chateau De Melusine, in northern Idaho, is perched 1-mile above Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The castle has a private, enclosed hot tub overlooking the slopes, and exquisitely themed decor from floor to tower.
The dramatic great hall boasts a vaulted ceiling, hydronic-heated floors of Idaho Quartzite, a cozy living area with a 50″ wood-burning fireplace, a well-equipped kitchen with colorful stained glass windows, and a grand dining table ready for hearty banquets and memorable game nights.
Talus Rock Retreat in Sandpoint
The Talus Rock Retreat is a luxurious wood and stone lodge that houses unique furnishings and decorations inspired by the beauty of the northern Idaho country.
The retreat is not only comfortable and relaxing but also has a reputation for its locally supplied restaurants. Some of the food is even grown in the property’s garden and greenhouse or laid by one of the hotel’s 18 hens.
Treehouse on Lake Pend O’reille in Sandpoint
The Treehouse on Lake Pend O’reille is, you guessed it, a treehouse overlooking stunning Lake Pend Oreille. A humble inn in Idaho’s north country, the treehouse resembles the beauty and charm of the land that surrounds it.
Visitors who come to this distinctive Airbnb hotel will also get access to the property’s private dock.
Twin Peaks Guest Ranch in Salmon
The Twin Peaks Guest Ranch offers cabins in some of the most beautiful land in the world. Rigid mountains, crystal clear water, and enchanting animals surround guests who choose to stay at this alluring ranch.
Furthermore, as a secluded area in east-central Idaho, Twin Peaks has loads of adventures waiting for the outdoor lover. Visitors can enjoy:
- Mountain biking
- Fishing the Main Salmon River
- Horseback riding
- Off-roading on snowmobiles, ATVs, and 4WDs
- Hiking and trail running
- Rafting and kayaking
- Skiing and sledding
Deadwood Fire Lookout
If you’re willing to put in some work an Idaho Fire Lookout might be the perfect adventure. Not only are guests rewarded with wildlife sightings and panoramic views of Idaho’s pristine national forests, but these historic lookouts offer some comforts of home like beds and stoves, making for an even more memorable experience in the wilderness.
The Deadwood Fire Lookout is less than three hours from Boise making it a great weekend get away. The lookout has a wood stove for heating and cooking and is on the ground level for those that aren’t into heights.
Cool Places To Stay In Idaho
Whether you’re a local looking to mix things up a bit or just visiting the state you can’t go wrong with these unique and cool places to stay in Idaho. Let’s face it, hotels are boring so why not spice things up and challenge your senses to an entirely new experience.