After a three week delay, Idaho is finally getting a move on and posting new 80-mph speed limit signs on portions of Interstates 15, 84, and 86 beginning tomorrow. In a unique take on the flash sale, the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center north of Pocatello – and coincidentally located off Exit 80 on IH-15 – is offering a special rate of $80 per night on standard rooms from July 24th through 31st to coincide with the new limit. According to the press release, the sale appears to only be available by calling the hotel directly between 8 A.M. and Midnight tomorrow (July 24th), though it may well be available online if you check tomorrow.
File this under the header of creative though not particularly useful gimmicks, unless you happen to be headed to the vicinity of Pocatello, Idaho in the next week. If you are headed that way, though, you can stay at the Sho-Ban for a 26% discount off the normal rate of $109 per night. The hotel is an Indian resort and casino (well, technically, the hotel is next door to the casino) about 10 miles north of Pocatello, located on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; those from Dallas or OKC will find that it bears a striking resemblance to WinStar World Casino and Choctaw Casino on the Oklahoma side of the Red River an hour or so north of Dallas. I haven’t been able to dig up much information about the place, but it is a 3-star property in Expedia, which looks about right from the description and photos on the hotel’s website. The thing I hate about the Oklahoma Indian casinos is the “mandatory ante” at table games, where you basically pony up a tax of 50 cents on each hand. That means if you’re playing $5 blackjack hands, you’re actually betting $5.50 to win $10. Needless to say, that skews the odds horribly in favor of the house. I don’t know if similar rules apply at Indian casinos in Idaho, but if you’re thinking about heading up there, you might want to see if that’s the case.
Pocatello isn’t a terrible gateway to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, being about a 2 1/2-3 hour drive from each. It’s too far away to drive in and out each day, but if you either need to get a head start on leaving one of those spots or just don’t want to deal with winding mountain roads until morning, you could do a lot worse than staying here. Of course, if you decide you really don’t like Pocatello, or the Sho-Ban, look on the bright side – the speed limit on IH-15 is now 80, so at least you can get out of town in a hurry…
(Original story courtesy of the Spokane Spokesman-Review.)