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“An Historic Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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262 1/2 E. Main St., Ashland, OR 97520   |  
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Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Ashland
Eugene, Oregon
1 review
“An Historic Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

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.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

I found the Columbia Hotel on line, and both my mother (at 81 years young) and I were very pleased. Front desk staff were helpful and able to answer our questions about restaurants, the Farmer's Market, the laundromat and other local landmarks. The room was clean and well kept. We were extremely grateful for the air conditioning, as we hit a patch of weather about 20 degrees higher than our Pacific Northwest coast summer temperatures. The New York Times in the lobby and the WiFi were much appreciated. I parked the car and we walked to the theatre, restaurants and shops. If I have a chance to return to Ashland, I wouldn't look for another hotel. The Columbia would be my first call.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Inverness, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

We felt ourselves immensely fortunate to snag a last minute reservation at the Columbia Hotel; they had had a cancellation only a hour before. The Columbia has long been our hands-down favorite place to stay in Ashland, and it is now better than ever. We loved the gorgeous colors on the walls, the fresh flowers in our room, and the lovely local soaps, but the best thing was what it has always been--the warm and welcoming and knowledgeable staff.

Katherine

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

I make a point of staying overnight in Ashland on frequent trips between Oregon and California, and of course I stay at the Columbia Hotel. This quaint property is the perfect complement to the good food and atmosphere of Ashland's town center. I love that every room is different--not the boring standardization of chain hotels--and that the place is not overdecorated with welcome geese and frilly doilies, like most bed and breakfasts. It's simple, tasteful, and comfortable, with friendly staff. They often have web special rates, making this perfect location the most affordable way to stay in the center of Ashland.

The rooms with shared bath are fine (private bath is even better!), the free wifi works great, and there is limited free parking in the alley behind the hotel. The staff keeps coffee and tea in the lobby, although I recommend going to one of Ashland's great coffee shops for your hot beverage.

Room Tip: Be sure to confirm on your reservation that you have the bath that you want--in-room or shared.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

A bright spot of European ambiance in a fun Oregon town. We loved the convenience to the Shakespeare Festival, we loved the old world comfort -- not hard nasty plastic furniture and day-glow colors that shock the system found in Some Places. Stayed with our two daughters and were happy to let the girls head out on their own. Just a great spot for well travelled people to enjoy. If you enjoyed European pensiones/hostels in your youth, this is a logical next step! Great place, great people!

Room Tip: no need to spring the extra for a private bath -- the ones down the hall are perfectly adequate!
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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san francisco
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

While bringing our daughter home to SF Bay area from university in Eugene we decided to spend the night in Ashland, and catch a play at the Shakespeare Festival. On longer theatre trips we usually stay at the Columbia, and I was happy to be able to get a reservation for the one night. We had a lovely experience as usual. The room was clean & spacious for the three of us, love those fresh flowers, and the staff are always so helpful and friendly. We love the decor of the hotel and the location close to the theatres is prime. Can't wait for the next theatre season trip when we will stay longer, and maybe try the new room they built 'The Courtyard Double'.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Merced, California, United States
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

The Columbia Hotel is our home away from home when we want to see great theatre. It has beautiful ambience without being too frilly, friendly, personable staff, clean rooms with fresh flowers and local soaps, early coffee and late tea. The shared bath has never been a problem!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 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:
#5 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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Columbia Hotel Ashland

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