I frequently visit Ashland, as I love the local theatre as well as the surrounding area. In the past I have always stayed at more traditional hotels. However, one trip I decided to take advantage of the local hotels. My first stop was the Columbia, and I was delighted! I had grown weary of the cookie-cutter rooms that are available at Best Westerns or Holiday Inns; everything at a cheap chain is uniform, from the bedspreads to the horrendous artwork. I have discovered that I prefer the personal touch that the Columbia offers. I prefer to feel like I am staying in a home, not a hospital, and the Columbia provides that homey feeling.
The community bathrooms may be annoying to some customers, but there are rooms with private ones. However, I stayed in a room without a bathroom, and I found it an excellent opportunity to interact with my neighbors. There were also lovely common areas where I could socialize in a more leisurely atmosphere.
Altogether, the Columbia was an excellent choice for me.
- 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