From the moment you walk in, you are transported to Ashland as it was in the 1890's. The long stairway up to the front desk is reminiscint of the popular historic saloons still operating in San Francisco. The fine antique furnishings, delicate glass doorknobs and light fixtures, the suprisingly quiet rooms (this is downtown after all), and the tastefully placed vintage photographs of Ashland, further enhance the feeling that you've taken a step back in time. Those with an eye for details will note that the sinks, toilets, steam radiators, and claw foot bathtubs are also likely originals. There's even an old wooden phone booth in the lobby!
The historic Columbia has quickly become our new favorite hotel! Each room is unique, and inviting, it is centrally located in the core of downtown Ashland (a five minute walk to the theatres, two minutes to the cabaret), and the staff is superb. In fact, I was a little embarrassed at how well they treated us! With this kind of service, you'd never guess that it's also one of the more affordable options available. I'd urge every new and veteran visitor to Ashland to try the Columbia. I doubt you'll want to stay anywhere else.