"Historic 112-year-old Idaho hotel with a fully-equipped spa and salon, in a ruggedly scenic setting."

Need to know

    • 10 rooms
    • McCammon, Idaho
    • Spa and salon
    • Check-in is 3pm, checkout is 11am

We love

  • The hotel’s beautiful original fixtures from 1906, which place it on the National Historic Registry.
  • Unwinding with a spa treatment at the on-site salon.
  • Being so close to Pebble Creek Ski Area, with its 110 acres of terrain over 54 trails.

Top Secret

The Harkness was once the McCammon State Bank building – it still features the original mouldings, doors and floors, and the vault is now a hotel gift shop.

Origins

The building’s days as a banking institution are long past – the Harkness Hotel was bought by couple Arianne and Aaron Hunsaker in 2013, and opened as a luxury boutique hotel in 2014 after extensive renovation.

The Review

In a small town in rural Idaho (population approx. 805), in a statuesque turn-of-the-century building, lies the Harkness. Dedicated to a concept of “unexpected luxury”, this family-run boutique hotel combines original historic charm with gleaming modern luxury. Renovated with crystal chandeliers (including a custom-made lobby fixture with over 1,000 individual pieces), quartz fittings and imported Portuguese tiles, the hotel retains its 1906 mouldings and wooden floors – an opulent hideaway tucked away within the vast plains and mountains of Idaho.

 

Rooms are bright and spacious, with some furniture crafted from original lumber discovered during construction. Jewel-toned patterned wallpaper and halogen spotlights enhance the hotel’s natural sense of historic elegance, offering a distinctively modern twist. Skylights throughout let in a stream of natural light – and after all, Idaho has skies to spare. 

 

Remote rural town or not, one perk of staying at the Harkness is the well-equipped on-site spa and salon. It offers an impressively comprehensive list of treatments, from Swedish massage to facial peels and Brazilian blowouts – everything you need to relax and rejuvenate, a. in peace and b. with style. There is also a boutique gift shop located in the building’s original vault (so you have no excuse not to buy a souvenir or two).

 

With surroundings this scenic, it’s even more tempting to get outside than it is to stay inside. The Harkness Hotel lies ten minutes’ drive from Lava Hot Springs, with its wealth of indoor and outdoor bubbling pools and its zipline adventure amenities. It is also just 20 minutes’ in the car from the Pebble Creek Ski Area – a small ski resort with an impressive 670 metres of vertical descent.

Location

The Harkness Hotel

  • Address: 206 Center St, McCammon, ID 83250, USA.
  • Travel info: The Harkness Hotel is 35 minutes’ drive from nearby Pocatello airport, with daily transfer flights to and from nearby Salt Lake City. For hiring a car, it is two hours’ drive from Salt Lake City International airport itself.

Key Features

  • Gift shop

  • Car Parking

  • Spa