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.
- Also Known As:
- Columbia Hotel Ashland
- 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