Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better time to learn about one of Pocatello’s true gems, the Black Swan Inn?

Last Saturday I took advantage of the standing offer available to the public to tour the “luxurious theme suites” of this remarkable auberge. My tour guide, Emma, led me from one spectacular room to another. Each one was truly remarkable. The rooms featured waterfalls, aquariums, themed murals, sculptures, jetted tubs, and even a sauna in one of the rooms that we viewed.

Romeo and Juliet Suite (Photo Credit: Black Swan Inn)

Some of the rooms have two levels. This was put to dramatic effect in one of the Romeo and Juliet Suites. Looking up at the second floor balcony, it’s easy to imagine the beautiful Juliet stepping out to deliver her famous lines from the Shakespeare play. On the ground floor, you proceed along a cobblestone path with hand painted murals setting the mood of the room. The room’s shower is embedded in one of the castle turrets, and a circular staircase takes you to the second floor balcony. The 65″ Smart 4K television with built in Roku sits on the drawbridge, where it can be viewed from the bed area or the jetted tub.

Mayan Rainforest Suite (Photo Credit: Black Swan Inn)

While all of the rooms are truly incredible, one of my favorites was the Mayan Rainforest Suite. Entering the room, you are transported to the ancient and exotic ruins, deep in the jungle. Climbing the stairs leads to an authentic bamboo tree house, and a ten-foot waterfall cascades nearby. The dual-headed shower is enclosed in the trunk of a towering tree, and you can take it all in as you sit and relax by the fire.

Given the exquisite level of detail, the rooms at the Black Swan Inn are remarkably affordable, priced comparably with any high-end hotel. Rooms all come with kitchenettes and, in the morning, you have the option of receiving a basket of pastries, included with the room, or, for a small additional fee, having a hot breakfast delivered.

Other themes, besides those mentioned above, include Arabian Nights, Atlantis Under the Sea, Black Swan Garden, Cave, Egyptian, Jungle Falls, Pirate, Rocky Mountain Cabin, Sea Cave, Tropical Forest, and Wild West.

For a truly unique get-a-way, one that will produce lasting memories, I enthusiastically recommend the Black Swan Inn. To learn more about this remarkable local business, or to make reservations, visit them online at:


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