St. Luke’s Opens former Bed and Breakfast
There's a new place to stay in town. You might recognize it as the Idaho Heritage Inn downtown Boise. St. Lukes bought the bed and breakfast and turned it into a place for families to stay while they're at St. Luke's for longer hospital visits.
The owner of the Idaho Heritage Inn (Betti Newburn) sold her bed and breakfast to St. Luke's after losing business to Airbnb. She isn't alone in having to close their doors - over 100 bed and breakfasts have closed since the launch of Airbnb because a lot of people are looking for short-term rental options where you can get more for less money.
The best news about the Idaho Heritage Inn is that the doors didn't permanently close - it's now serving a very meaningful purpose. St. Luke's purchased the Inn and now call it St. Luke's Heritage House. There are seven rooms being offered to patients and their families who would otherwise travel back and forth for treatment.
The Idaho Statesman reports that each room has a bathroom and each of the seven rooms share a kitchen, laundry machines and common spaces for patients to meet with caregivers. The best part about it is the rooms cost between $40 and $45 per night.
Gabrielle Moore, St. Luke’s patient housing manager says about patients:
“Offering them an affordable place to stay right on the hospital campus can be a huge emotional and financial relief.”