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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

Outdoor sink

Use of Break Room dishes

Horseshoe pit

Croquette set

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

Break Room

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.

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