Boise – Best Rated Downtown Hotels

Boise is the capital and most populated city in the state of Idaho. It is Boise City-Nampa metropolitan area’s principal city and Ada’s county seat. It also is the largest city flanked by Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Oregon. It is located along Boise River and situated at the foothills of Rocky Mountains. With its ideal location, Boise is a perfect place for outdoor activities. A desert, lakes and rivers are also situated within the area.

Boise is not only a place for outdoor activities. It is also proud of its museums, urban parks, festivals and events. It houses the largest university in Idaho, the Boise State University. Downtown Boise is the location of many businesses, some high-rise buildings, cultural centers, shopping hubs, dining choices and friendly Boise hotels. Boise Airport in 3201 Airport Way links the city to different parts of the United States.

Boise Downtown Hotels
Hotel 43- One of Boise’ downtown hotels, it is located in 981 Grove Street Boise, Idaho. It is situated at the heart of Boise’ business district, at the corner of Grove and 9th Street. The hotel is 5 miles away from the airport. The shopping areas, cultural centers, Boise River and greenbelt are only minutes away from Hotel 43. It has 112 rooms and suites with scenic views of the vivid foothills and dazzling city lights.

There are 8 room accommodations types to choose from. The room amenities include flat screen TV with cable, hair dryer, MP3/CD player, iron and ironing board, easy chair, executive desk, Euro-top plush bed, spa robes. A refrigerator, wet bar, sitting room and a Jacuzzi are additional features of the suites. Lavish body care products, newspaper, shoeshine, Wi-Fi Internet, airport shuttle, morning and evening service are complimentary. Chandler Steakhouse is the hotel’s in-house restaurant. It features a Martini Bar. Metro Café serves the hotel’s breakfast. They offer accommodation packages at special prices. Room rates range from $119.00 to $269.00 Advanced prepaid reservations start at $99.00. The hotel’s contact number is 1-800-243-4622.

Safari Inn Downtown- This Boise accommodation is located in 1070 Grove Street Boise, Idaho. It is only a block away from 58 restaurants, Boise Convention Center, Edwards 9 Theaters and Qwest Arena. It provides free airport shuttle to and fro. Other hotel features at no extra cost are coffee and tea, high speed Internet access, local calls, parking and use of fitness facilities, pool and sauna. The room amenities include coffee maker, refrigerator, 25″ cable TV, speaker phone, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Pets are allowed with extra fee. Rates start at $71.10. Safari Inn Downtown’s toll free number is 2-800-541-6556.

Cambria Suites Boise Airport- This 119-room hotel is conveniently situated near the airport and Boise State University. It is at 2970 West Elder Street Boise, Idaho. Close by the hotel are the Boise River, Roaring Springs Water Park, Idaho Ice World and Zoo Boise. Some of the hotel services are Braille elevators, indoor heated pool, whirlpool, business center, meeting room, fitness center, valet cleaning and guest laundry. The room features are flat screen cable TV, high speed Internet, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator and multiple phone lines. There are available handicapped accessible features and non smoking rooms at this Boise hotel. Reflect is the hotel’s bistro which offers breakfast and dinner. The Stay and Fly package is at $99.00 per night and the Romance package is $129 per night. Rates range from $129 to $149. Cambria Suites Boise Airport’s contact number is 208-344-7444.

Downtown Boise Attractions
When you’re checked in at a Boise city center hotel, enjoy your stay by seeing the attractions nearby. Some of must visit tourist spots are the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and Opera Idaho. For dining options go to 8th Street’s cafes and restaurants. “First Thursday” is a downtown event held every first Thursday of the month. The affair is at 5 to 9 p.m. Guests are given an event map and free trolley service. They are welcomed by downtown shops with special in-store entertainment. “Alive after Five” is Boise’ famous summer concert held at the Grove Plaza every Wednesday from June to September.

San Diego’s Best Downtown Condos: The Legend Vs The Mark

The newly created Ballpark District in Downtown San Diego is quickly emerging as the newest hotspot to live in San Diego. Spurned from the development of the new San Diego Petco Baseball Park, home of The San Diego Padres, this newly formed neighborhood is comprised of hip restaurants, bars, shops, and a variety of condo developments.

We are frequently asked which condo building in the Ballpark District is the best. In order to answer that question, it is only appropriate to break the buildings into two separate and distinctive categories, low/mid rises and high rises. The balance of this article will focus on the “best” high rises, in the San Diego Downtown Real Estate Market. (For the purposes of this article, high rises are described as being 13 stories and above)

While the answer contained herein is completely subjective, Real Estate Agent Todd Deboer and Real Estate Broker Joe Marcotte, have discussed information gathered from current owners, renters, personal experiences, and interaction with on site management staff to qualify our findings. With that said, The Legend, built by Bosa Development Corp in 2007, and The Mark, built by Douglas Wilson in 2007, are a cut above the rest.

While both communities offer a high quality product, there are very distinct differences between them that are important to understand before making that all important decision to buy.

First, The Mark is located at 800 The Mark Lane, taking up a whole city block between 8th and 9th Ave. and between Market St. and Island Ave. The Mark is also the tallest residential tower in the Ballpark District and towers 33 stories above ground containing 233 high rise tower condos and 11 townhomes.

The modernistic exterior of The Mark is show cased with titanium looking skin that creates a very contemporary and clean look.

The interior of the units have a chic, urban industrial feel accentuated by exposed concrete in the units and common areas as well as large floor to ceiling windows.

The Mark has more than 30 floor plans to choose from, allowing a great deal of flexibility for buyers wanting a large variety. One bedroom units range from 739 sq. ft. to over 1000 sq. ft. and sell in the low $300Ks to the high $400Ks respectively. 2 bedrooms, 2 bath units start at 1126 sq. ft. and go up to 2011 sq. ft., prices ranging from the high $400ks to units over $2M.

All one bedrooms come with one parking space underground and some of the one bedrooms come with two parking spaces. Every 2 bedroom condo comes with 2 side-by-side parking spaces underground. The townhomes, located on the ground floor, create an interior courtyard affect accentuated by the very popular common area amenities. All of the Townhomes are 2 stories, 2 bedroom, 2 baths, 1585 sq. ft. and sell in the mid $500ks.

All units come with a separate storage locker and most units have balconies some of which are amongst the largest that downtown has to offer. However, at the time of this article, the HOA does not permit cooking grills of any kind. HOA fees are based on square footage and run from the mid $600/month to $800/month.

Condos at The Mark all feature granite counters, top of the line stainless steel appliances and upgraded, rich colored cabinetry. The flooring varies among the units from hardwood floors to tile and carpet. There is a vast array of view planes from units at The Mark ranging from courtyard and city views to the highly coveted and unparalleled ballpark and water views.

The Mark is an amenity rich community, featuring 24 hour security, concierge, on-site general manager, business conference room, state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-like grounds with pool, spa, barbeque grills, cabanas and a lawn area where you can find residents playing bocce ball or croquet during the day. The aforementioned Pool is considered the most energetic of all pools in the Downtown San Diego Real Estate Market due to its constant exposure to sunlight and its inviting surrounding and amenities.

The demographic at The Mark is very diverse, ranging from young professionals living downtown to those looking for a 2nd home or an ultimate retirement destination. The Mark’s convenient Ballpark District location allows residents to be close to the entertainment at Petco Park, and the night life of the world renowned Gaslamp Quarter.

From an investment standpoint, The Mark is a very popular place for prospective tenants to live. Rents for 1 bedrooms at The Mark start at about $1700/month and 2 bedrooms units start in the mid $2K range and move up accordingly from there depending on size and view.

The units located above the 12th floor on the southwest corner of the building have some of the most exclusive views to be found in the San Diego Condo Market. Residents in these units can experience a view of the game, San Diego Bay, and Downtown Skyline all within the confines of their units.

The Legend, built in 2007 by Bosa Development and located at 325 7th Ave. is one of the most popular high rise towers in all of downtown. It is the only high rise condominium tower in all of the United States built within the gates of a professional baseball park. This was accomplished by Bosa Development Corporation who bought the land directly from the Padres.

The Legend tower and townhomes total 178 individual condos and the tower covers 23 stories. The lavish amenities include: 24 hour security, concierge, pool/spa, sauna, steam room, men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers, and the ultimate common area amenity in all of downtown, and arguably anywhere in any city, is the 3200 sq. ft. rooftop deck located on top of the 7th floor of the mid-rise extension. This aforementioned party deck comes complete with unobstructed views into Petco Park during Padres games and all of the other exciting entertainment that comes to the stadium. This amazing entertainment area offers fire pits, flat screen TV’s, indoor and outdoor kitchens, and a state of the art central entertainment center. The luxury of moving back and forth from your owner’s condo to the party deck cannot be overstated. In reality, it’s better than having season tickets to the Padres!

The location of the Legend is ideal. Within a moment’s stroll of the front door are all of the new shops and restaurants in the newly emerging Ballpark District as well as the world renowned Gaslamp Quarter with all of its splendor and nightlife. The base of The Legend also contains commercial space occupied by a hip wine bar, Gastro Pub, and other desirable retail tenants.

The Legend consists of ten 1 bedrooms on lower floors and 2 bedroom, 2 bath units ranging from 927-1234 sq ft. priced from the high $400Ks to $700K. On the higher floors there are a limited number of penthouse units which are 2 bedrooms +den, 2.5 baths and are roughly 1500 sq. ft. There are also a number of townhomes surrounding the community which are 2 bedrooms + den, 2.5 baths, 3 stories, and approximately 1800 sq. ft.

All units come with a balcony and feature granite counters, stainless steel GE Monogram appliances and hardwood floors in the living areas. Buyers can decide on units with views of the city, San Diego Bay and the ocean, Petco Park and a combination of all three. Another thing to keep in mind when looking at Legend condos is that not all 2 bedrooms come with 2 parking spaces but they all at least have 1 parking space underground.

The demographic at The Legend is quite diverse, ranging from younger professionals living and working downtown to 2nd home residents looking for a fun and exciting get away.

1 bedroom units rent for approximately $2K/month and the 2 bedrooms range from the mid $2K range to well over $3K/month depending on the size and views of the unit.

As you can see, both The Mark and The Legend offer a very luxurious product conveniently located in the heart of the Ballpark District, Downtown San Diego’s most vibrant neighborhood. Although they do complement each other as being the two premier condominium high rise towers in the area, they are distinctive in style, price, and amenity packages.

Saving a Ton on Traffic – Best Deals Aren’t Downtown

 Downtown is the trendy place to be.  No matter what city you live in or near, the downtown area is where everything is concentrated.  You have businesses, clubs, restaurants, activities, stadiums, events- everything you could possibly want is downtown.  Because downtown is so central and so concentrated, it’s where everyone wants to be- including data centers and collocation facilities.

The High Price of Downtown
 
But downtown comes with its own host of problems.  The main disadvantage of downtown is the high cost of real estate.  Everyone wants to be there.  And because of this, companies have to pay a premium to locate downtown.   If rents rise, people are either forced to pay higher rent or leave the location that they perceive to be prime.
 
Unfortunately, this doesn’t help the consumer, especially when it comes to data centers and colocation.  Because these facilities are so specialized and require so much energy, power and infrastructure to run, they’re not likely to move locations if rents are raised too much.   In fact, it would be a disadvantage for downtown data centers to do so because of the costs associated with moving an entire data center and the inconvenience it would cause for the customers.
 
So, when rent goes up, colocation facilities are forced to pay.  In order to make up the costs, prices are raised or services are cut in order to maintain the same margin.
 
The Best Deals Aren’t Downtown
 
If you’re looking for the best deal on colocation, downtown is not the place to look.  The farther away you get from the city, the less expensive real estate is.   There are many reasons for this, but the point is that data centers don’t have to pay the high premiums for real estate.  Without these excess costs for rent, facilities are able to pass these savings onto customers.  Not only can they offer cheaper prices per rack, but they can also include more bandwidth and more services.  By locating away from downtown, you’ll get at least the same quality of service and in many cases you’ll get better service without having to pay the high prices that you do downtown.  
 
A sample price comparison of a facility located just outside the city center and a facility located right in the heart of downtown is as follows:
 
Downtown facility-

 ½ Rack- $650 (Does NOT include traffic)

Full rack- $1200 (Does NOT include traffic)
 
It is not possible to rent space in any smaller amounts.  It’s pretty much all or nothing, which doesn’t accommodate the needs of smaller businesses or allow for gradual expansion.  Other services include a power generator (which belongs to the building and therefore they don’t have complete control over its usage) and 100mps ports.  
 
Facility near, but not in, downtown-  
 
1/8 Rack- $175 (includes 50 GB traffic)

¼ Rack- $350 (includes 200 GB traffic)

½ Rack- $500 (includes 350 GB traffic)

Full rack- $900 (includes 800 GB traffic)
 
Other features include a power generator which is owned by the company allowing more control, owning their own facilities, 100 mbps ports and free internal traffic with an internet account.  
 
Savings Passed on to You
 
As you can see, facilities that are not located downtown can afford to pass on the savings to customers.  Not only is it less expensive to rent a rack, but it also comes with more features, such as included traffic and free internal traffic.  Not only that, but hosting away from downtown will save you on other costs you may not even have thought of such as not having to pay for parking.  All-in-all, regardless of where you’re located, it’s always much cheaper to host your servers outside of downtown than it is to host them right in the heart of downtown.