About us: We've been coming to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival every year for seven or eights years now. We discovered the Econo Lodge on our first trip, and have been coming back every year. We usually stay in Ashland for three nights at a time. We try to be budget conscious. We often travel with our dog.
Location: The Econo Lodge is conveniently located right off I-5, which makes it particularly easy for those "on the road" heading further North or South. If you're visiting the Shakespeare Festival, it's a simple five minutes by car to the theaters. Parking near the theaters is pretty easy, so there's not much advantage to staying right in town (tip: the parking garage on Hargadine Street is only $3 for all day and evening, and you can come and go as you please during that time). For folks traveling with dogs, there are fields surrounding the Econo Lodge where you can walk the dogs. Also, Ashland's really beautiful dog park is also only about five minutes away.
Rooms: The rooms are very clean and pretty well appointed for a budget motel chain. Beds are comfortable, and the other furnishings usually include a comfortable armchair, desk, lamp table, as well as the usual chest of drawers and place to hang clothes. A refrigerator, microwave and TV complete the picture. Good bedside lighting, as well, for those who want to bone up on their Shakespeare before the next day's plays. Very effective, easy to use, heating and cooling system. The wireless internet works extremely well, with no registration or passwords to bother with.
Other amenities: We don't usually use the pool, but it looks very clean and well maintained. There appears to be a coin operated washer and dryer also available. Parking is plentiful.
Breakfast: We love our free breakfast at Econo Lodge. The Belgian waffles are great. True, you may have to wait a few minutes if there's a crowd, but there are always other things to munch while you wait. There's usually fresh fruit, some type of loaf bread, toast and cereal, as well as the usual coffee, tea, milk and fruit juices. But it's the Belgian waffles that stand out. Breakfast isn't fancy, but then again, you'd have to go someplace and pay for fancy.
Staff: Everyone we've ever dealt with over the years has been extremely kind and welcoming. These folks seem to really care that their guests have a good stay. Ira, who you'll meet in the breakfast room, always has a warm welcome for guests, and has become a real pal over the years.
Price: It really can't be beat!
Recommendation: If you're visiting Ashland, don't stay anywhere else. We've stayed in high-end hotels, moderate hotels and motels, and B&Bs all over the world. The Econo Lodge in Ashland is still one of our very favorites.
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge Ashland
- Ashland Econo Lodge