| 112 Main St. | Gooding, Idaho 83330 | (208)934-4374 |


vintage train

In the beginning was the railroad. The original settlement of Toponis, Idaho was one of the stops at which steam locomotives refilled their water supplies. And, just like in a movie about the Old West, passengers would get off the train and rent a sleeping room at the Gooding Hotel.

The small wooden portion of the hotel was built sometime in the late 1880's. What is referred to as "the new part" was added on in 1906 by William and Nina Kelly, who had purchased the original structure from Idaho’s sixth governor, Frank Gooding.

Following his second term as governor, Frank assigned 460 acres of his sheep ranch on which he laid out the streets and began selling parcels to homesteaders. Some of the land was donated for city and county offices, schools, a hospital, and twenty acres were granted to the State of Idaho for the new location of the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind.

In 1908, Toponis was renamed Gooding, after the city’s founder and benefactor . By 1909, its growth was so pronounced that Gooding was called a "city of destiny". Irrigation was brought to the high desert and ranching and farming, as well as supporting businesses, provided a lively income and promising future to the nearly 2000 residents.

We are told that at one time there were thirty rooms here. We offer ten individually decorated rooms, each named after someone in the Gooding family or who is important to the town or the hotel. A variety of sitting areas, indoor and out (weather permitting), an Idaho library, and our comfy family room with cable television, vcr, dvd, microwave and refrigerator provide a "home-away-from home" environment.

The depot no longer stands, and passenger service is no longer available (though, who knows, someday it may again be!), but The Historic Gooding Hotel Bed and Breakfast celebrates the hospitality of an era gone by. We are open year-round and invite you to sample any one of the seasons of South Central Idaho. Myriad events and recreational opportunities abound; and whether you are a new or frequent visitor to the area, seeking a quiet get-away from the harried day-to-day, celebrating a special occasion, visiting family or just passing through, we supply the comfort and care of "Grandma’s house". For family and class reunions, wedding parties and guests, or corporate, church or red-hatters retreats or girlfriend getaways our spacious inn allows for meetings and break-out sessions as well as privacy when needed.

We look forward to being your hosts!