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“Perfect Location, Great Value, and Charming Atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
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262 1/2 E. Main St., Ashland, OR 97520   |  
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Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Ashland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Eugene, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Perfect Location, Great Value, and Charming Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

I have stayed at the Columbia Hotel five times or more while visiting Ashland over the years alone, with friends, and with family.

The location is perfect: Very close to the theaters, favorite stores, and the downtown plaza.

The price is right: There are shared bathrooms, so for some it might not be as convenient as in-room bathrooms. However, I have rarely had to wait for a shower or bathroom stall and that was when the hotel was full. The rooms also have sinks and mirrors which are convenient for morning and evenings.

Charming Atmosphere: There is a living room for guests with free wifi, free coffee/tea, and books, magazines, and games. Each room has a unique feel that complements the Shakespearean theater experience as they are reminiscent of the historically charming Oxford dorms.

The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: If you get a room near the front of the hotel, you can see the lovely Ashland hills and the city'...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Eugene, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

The Columbia is always my first call after I book tickets at the Shakespeare Festival. You cannot beat the location, and it is a great price, in a nice historic building. A beautiful alternative to the more expensive and impersonal modern chain hotel/motel.

Yes, some rooms do not have bathrooms, but the common facilities are close by and I have never had to wait to use one. It is a quiet, low key, spot with extremely helpful staff - a perfect spot to rest between plays.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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El Cerrito, California
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

I've been staying at the Columbia Hotel for 20 years on my yearly visit to Ashland and always have a lovely, pleasant stay here. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated, in the English style, and the rooms are large and comfortable. Shared bathrooms are not a problem for me but could be for others. Only problem this year was that the coffee in the hallway in the mornings was not as available as in the past - the clerk was lax in refilling the pot, otherwise our stay was great.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

This property doesn't even provide a sink or soap in the shared public bathrooms to wash your hands. Providing a sink in the guest rooms is ok, except that most guest rooms don't have bathrooms, so when you have to use the restroom you cannot wash your hands. It's gross...there was someone in there having a "movement" who then left right after flushing. I of course thought "ooh, gross, they left without washing their hands" till I came out and found there was no sink or soap. There's a hand sanitizer dispenser only, which is not adequate and doesn't kill most germs that make people sick. I wonder how many people get sick or transfer their germs by touching other surfaces (doors/knobs, walls, coffee service, etc). When I asked about it they said it's a historic property (they used this excuse for everything). Not impressed with the hotel overall, or the price.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley, CA
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

I go to Ashland, Oregon, several times a year to see plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and I always stay at the Columbia Hotel. It is only a block away from the festival grounds walking from the back door of the hotel. The prices are incredibly reasonable, the rooms are charming, the hotel is clean, and the staff friendly. It's important to note that for most (not all) of the rooms, the bathroom is "down the hall." Also, I recommend entering in the the back since there are fewer stairs -- unfortunately, the hotel doesn't seem to be wheelchair accessible should that be a consideration for you. If you're looking for a reasonably priced, charming hotel that is a very short walking distance to the festival ground, and don't mind not having a bathroom in the room, this hotel is excellent. For me, the price and location more than make up for the lack of an in-room bathroom.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northern California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

We just stayed one night at the Columbia, we had reserved a room with a private bath and were given a very nice room, but it faced the courtyard. We noticed that room #5, which faced Main Street was unoccupied and we asked if we could trade our assigned room for #5. The clerk took a second to check and said "sure", so we just right on moved over.
I'm not sure what all the rooms look like, but I would advise to ask for one that faced the Main Street - big windows, so lots of light. It's a great little hotel.
We had a great time and the service was flawless!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California
2 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

The Columbia Hotel is the real deal, a 100-year-old oasis of comfort and charm in the center of downtown Ashland. The staff is attentive, professional, and very helpful as concierges - all of them. The Queen's room has a beautiful, claw-foot bathtub in the it's own private bath and a view of Main St.. Recommend you arrive early to take a spot in the back parking lot and bring luggage in from there. The long stairway up and down from Main St. to the lobby of the hotel can be enjoyed after the luggage has gone in through the back door. Check out the beautiful cafe to the left as you exit the back door. It has a garden seating area that is a retreat from the crowds you'll encounter coming and going to the Shakespeare Festival. Can't wait to return to the Queen's Room at the Columbia Hotel, a beautiful home base to experience Ashland, OR. I highly recommend the Columbia Hotel to friends and Family.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 262 1/2 E. Main St., Ashland, OR 97520
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Location: United States > Oregon > Ashland
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Ashland
#8 Romantic Hotel in Ashland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located just one block to Shakespeare theatres. An historic European-style hotel full of warmth and charm. Relax and enjoy our skylit lobby and friendly service. Free wireless internet. Listed on the national register of historic places, The Columbia is Ashland's oldest and longest operating hotel. Guests enjoy the hotel's central location in downtown Ashland. Travelers stepping inside the hotel for the first time are greeted with our warm ambiance, personable hotel staff, plush reading areas, clawfoot tubs, period furnishings and original touches. The hotel is less than two blocks away from Lithia Park, The Plaza, the Oregon Cabaret Theater, unique shops, relaxing spas and over 40 independent restaurants for which Ashland is known. ... more   less 
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