Built in 1929, the Smith Hotel and Boarding House opened for business in 1930. Mrs. Mary Smith catered mostly to logging crews who feasted on her wonderful breakfasts, took her boxed lunches to the woods, and returned in the evening for huge, hot dinners. When the building was renovated in 1974, it was determined that many of the timbers are older than 1929, confirming the legend that part of the structure might have come from an old hotel in Placerville, ID.
Mary Smith Lobby
Dedicated to the times and history of the Idaho City Hotel. The lobby is the perfect place to meet up and enjoy a cocktail or play one of the many games provided. Or just relax and enjoy a book by the fire. Information on the area and history provided.
They are small, but well appointed with:
New mattresses, linens and bathrooms
Flat screen satellite TV
USB charging stations,
Free phone use (cell service is limited)
Eco-friendly shampoo, conditioner, soap and bodywash
Blow dryer and iron upon request
Rooms are not air conditioned, but window fans provided
Beautiful, lush shady spots to take a break from site-seeing. Relax in the hammock, sit by the creek, play a lawn game or whip up dinner and drinks. We offer:
Propane grill with utensils
Dutch oven coal platform next to grill
Use of Break Room dishes
Table with seating
Bon fire pit (wood for sale or bring your own)
Bird watching – a large variety including quail, ducks, hawks and wrens, plus many seasonal species
Dip your feet in the creek with a cold beverage after a long hike
Common area on the second floor with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, a variety of dishes and seating. Also extra pillows and blankets if needed. Lots of books to enjoy in the lobby or backyard.