Situated in Boise, near Idaho State Capitol and Boise Centre, the historic Franklin House has a bar. Both free WiFi and parking on-site are accessible at the bed and breakfast free of charge. On clear days, guests can head outside to enjoy the bed and breakfast's outdoor fireplace or simply kick back and relax. All units at the bed and breakfast are fitted with a seating area. Additional in-room amenities include wine or champagne. At the bed and breakfast, units include bed linen and towels. You can play table tennis at Franklin House, and the area is popular for skiing and cycling. The bed and breakfast has a picnic area where you can spend a day out in the open. Quinn's Pond Beach is 2.1 km from the accommodation, while ExtraMile Arena is 4.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Boise Airport, 7 km from Franklin House.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.4)

Free parking available on-site


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  • Wendy
    United States United States
    Nan, the host was very friendly. The house is awesome. Great location.
  • O
    United States United States
    We loved the room, bathtub and beer garden. The location was great too. Also, how easy it was to check in and out.
  • Andrea
    United States United States
    The location was perfect and the backyard area was so relaxing and enjoyable. Comfortable bed.

Hosted by Gavin and Jen

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Gavin and Jen
ALL GUESTS MUST BE 21+ TO STAY. Please read descriptions of each room carefully. All rooms are located on the second floor (must climb stairs) and have access to the shared bathroom. Franklin House “Bed & Beer” is not your typical stay. We strive to bring a unique experience to your visit to Boise. Franklin House was built in 1896 and is one of Boise’s original Ice Houses with five bedrooms (4 on the upper floor-1 on ground floor), a shared bathroom (toilet, shower, sink), beer garden, and steps away from all Boise has to offer. We describe our accommodations as “the true local experience”. Staying in our historic house in Boise's popular North End neighborhood puts you in close proximity to many of Boise’s downtown amenities. We hope to welcome you to Boise and deliver a unique guest experience that seems to have evaporated in the recent years. More personal than a hotel, we strive to deliver the locals-only touch. The Backyard Beer Garden is seasonal and open weather depending (Wednesday - Saturday, from March 15 - October 15) and equipped with natural gas fire pits.
Franklin House is the creation of Jen Bury and Gavin O'Neal, two friends who met while walking their Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the Boise foothills. Sharing the challenge of updating old homes, when one of Boise's oldest "ice houses" became available, we jumped at the opportunity to restore the 1896 home on the corner of 15th Street and Franklin Street. Our vision for the house is to provide a casual setting to build community - whether with visitors to the area or old friends looking for a place to unwind. The house features six bedrooms (5 available now). Two rooms (Carmine & Ashby) offer two-person air jetted tubs in the room, while 2 rooms (Saxe & Sage) access a shared bathroom. The downstairs room (Skye) has its own private bathroom with shower. The "Backyard" beer garden is available for guests or the community and features 14 hammock swings, occasionally a 75" television for sports or movie viewing, and two fire pits.
Located in the urban area of the North End, we are less than a 10 minute walk away from downtown Boise (southeast), Hyde Park (north), 10 minute bike ride to the Boise River Greenbelt, and Boise has 170 miles of trails in our own backyard. Albertson's is one block away, Norge Village (laundromat) is one block away, Cloud Nine (nanobrewery) and the Idaho State liquor store are only two blocks walk. In addition, you can find local hotspots Txikiteo (Basque), Fancy Freeze (dessert), Certified Kitchen and Bakery (breakfast), Chandlers (fine dining), and dozens of other eateries. The neighborhood is safe, charming, and among Boise's oldest and most historic. Driving is easy through the North End, but this area is easily explored by foot, bikes, scooters, Uber/Lyft. If flying in, a rental car is not necessary for most exploration. We are located steps from downtown, shops, grocery, and restaurants.
Language spoken: English

Property surroundings

Facilities of Franklin House
Great facilities! Review score, 9.5

Most popular facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Additional toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Linen
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Shared kitchen
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Happy hour
    Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Table tennis
  • Skiing
Living Area
  • Seating Area
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Bar
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Private check-in/check-out
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Adult only
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Heating
  • Private entrance
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules
Franklin House takes special requests - add in the next step!

From 15:00 to 22:00
Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in
You'll need to let the property know in advance what time you'll arrive.
Until 11:00
Cancellation/ prepayment
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required option.
Children and beds

Child policies

Children are not allowed.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age restriction
The minimum age for check-in is 21
Pets are not allowed.
Payments by takes your payment on behalf of the property for this stay, but make sure you have cash for any extras once you get there.
Smoking is not allowed.
Parties/events are not allowed
Quiet hours
Guests must be quiet between 23:00 and 08:00.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Franklin House in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 23:00:00 and 08:00:00.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service operating hours.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.