Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa is owned and operated by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. The hotel, restaurant and recreation center opened in 1986 on the tribal lands that overlook the Kootenai River, beginning an economic resurgence for the tribe.
In 1993, the tribe signed a gaming compact with the State of Idaho and eventually opened up the first casino room in 1995. In 2005, a complete renovation transformed the facility interiors and added the luxury spa. The Kootenai Tribe, led by Tribal Chair Jennifer Porter, authorized an even bigger investment with construction of Kootenai Falls Lodge, a 36 Guest room expansion that opened in May of 2013. Today, the facility is a symbol of pride for Tribal members, as well as an economic boon.
The success of the Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa enables students of the Kootenai Tribe to pursue higher education and career goals. It also enables the tribe to fund education and community projects in the region.