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Shilo Inn in Twin Falls will become Holiday Inn

The Shilo Inn in Twin Falls is undergoing a complete renovation to become a Holiday Inn. Photo by Teya Vitu.

The largest hotel in Twin Falls is undergoing a substantial $5 million renovation to convert from a Shilo Inn & Suites to a full-service Holiday Inn by the end of the year.

The 128-room hotel on Blue Lakes Boulevard looks like a new hotel under construction.

“The exteriors will be completely new,” said Linsey Forni-Pullan, executive vice president at Pacific Inns, a Portland-based hospitality management and development company that owns the property. “Literally, all the guest rooms have been taken down to the studs.”

Pacific Inns acquired the Shilo Inn in March 2017 with the intention of upgrading the limited-service property to full-service Holiday Inn.

“We just see the potential of Twin Falls,” she said. “We have a lot of government business. Our team loves selling it for groups and tours.”

Pacific Inns has two accountants who live in Nampa, Forni-Pullan said.

A 2,200-square-foot restaurant serving breakfast and dinner will be added and the meeting rooms will be expanded to 2,000 square feet.

James Talcott Construction of Great Falls, Montana, is the general contractor. Case Design Group of Portland is the architect.

A Holiday Inn will emerge by the end of the year from the current Shilo Inn in Twin Falls. Image courtesy of Pacific Inns.

The building is being renovated in two phases, with the first half of renovated rooms ready for visitors in June or July, but the conversion to Holiday Inn will not occur until all the renovations are complete, Forni-Pullan said.

As the largest hotel in the Magic Valley, the renovation draws attention along Twin Falls’ biggest shopping street.

The Shilo Inn in Twin Falls is the only Idaho property for Pacific Inns, which has 27 hotels in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Texas and Mississippi, the latter two an acquisition from a single owner.

The refurbished guest rooms will include five kids suites with bunk beds. The 128 rooms will measure from 430 to 672 square feet.

Once the Shilo Inn becomes a Holiday Inn, owned by InterContinental Hotels Group or IHG, Forni-Pullan will tap into more corporate business for Twin Falls.

“IHG negotiates rates with thousands of corporate accounts,” she said. “We will be pursuing that.”

About Teya Vitu

Teya Vitu is an Idaho Business Review reporter, covering commercial real estate, construction, transportation and whatever else may intrigue him in the moment. Join me on Twitter at @IBR_TeyaVitu.