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You Asked: What’s going up in the parking lot of the Riverside Hotel?


If you’ve noticed construction at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City, you’re not alone. Work crews started making changes to the hotel’s west parking lot earlier this winter.

Riverside ownership partner David Wali tells BoiseDev that the hotel is moving forward on a project to build a new indoor pool as well as a fitness center on the site. Garden City officials initially signed off on the project in 2019, but Wali said they decided to hold construction after the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting Idaho.

Wali said the indoor pool would give families with kids swimming options when it’s too cold out to use the outdoor pool. The existing fitness center shares a building with the Sandbar restaurant. He said the new, larger building will allow them to build a modern fitness facility for guests, and the Sandbar could expand into the old fitness space in the future.

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Riverside Hospitality purchased the hotel in 2011, dropping the national Doubletree branding and starting a long series of upgrades and improvements to the large hotel property.

  • The Sandbar outdoor restaurant and bar relaunched and has been expanded several times.

  • The exterior of the building has seen significant changes, including a new porte cochere at the front entrance.

  • Crews have worked to remodel and revamp dated rooms and upgrade interior decor.

  • Telaya winery built a tasting room along the northwest side of the property along the Greenbelt in 2016.

  • The outdoor pool has been expanded and upgraded.

Wali said the ownership group plans additional upgrades and changes to the hotel over the course of the next decade.

The Riverside dates to 1970 and boasts more than 300 rooms, a large conference center, and more on 14 acres along the river.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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