An Historic Idaho Icon Since 1900
This French chateau-style hotel featured almost unheard of architecture for the City of Boise and was indeed a landmark building. At five stories high, The Idanha was originally the tallest building in the state of Idaho. It also featured the state's very first elevator.
The Idanha had a lasting effect on Boise, whether drawing renowned guests for a visit or providing a much-needed outlet for those seeking inebriation. One of the most impressive and touching tidbits I found about the Idanha is that Gene Harris got his first break there as a lounge act. Without his influence, the cultural landscape in Boise would be much more desolate.