First off, Ashland is one of our favorite places to visit. I just wish it wasn't so expensive during the busy season, Shakespeare season. We've gone to a play before, but it's hard to believe that so many people are willing to pay the crazy high room rates. We enjoy the great food and shopping more than the plays, so we usually go during the winter. This trip was planned aroung the Christmas parade and downtown lighting ceremony. Both of which are great. Sorry for the rant, back to the review.
I gave the Columbia a 4 not because it's a 4 star hotel, it definitely is not. It's an old historic hotel with a great location right on main street, close to all the action. It has very friendly people working the front desk and has a lot of charm. It was already decorated for Christmas and looked very charming.
The odd thing about the Columbia is the bathroom situation. The room we booked was the courtyard suite I believe. The main reason is that it had it's own bathroom. Traveling with a wife and daughter who both spend some time in the bathroom, I felt it was important. Here's the funny thing though, the rooms without bathrooms, especially the ones facing Main St. are beautiful. I makes you want that room instead, except that you have to share facilities with the other guests who are in the same situation.
Also, the lobby/lounge area is right outside some of the rooms (ours) and can be rather noisy. Not only could we hear peoples conversations, we could hear the person at the front desk moving in their chair. If you're a light sleeper, you may want to book a room away from that area.
There is no breakfast included, so factor that in. I just drove south a little bit to Safeway and picked up some breakfast rolls and drinks. So it wasn't a huge deal. There is also a few restaurants nearby who serve breakfast, but after a big lunch and dinner the day before, we decided to go light.
So in conclusion, if you want to stay right on Main St., you don't mind an older historic building and all that goes along with that. Give the Columbia a try. You'll also save some money over most of the other hotels in the area.
- 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