The Columbia has one of the most enviable locations for those attending the Shakespeare festival. The rooms are very comfortable and we found both the patrons and staff to be very warm and convivial. Cell phones and wifi work fine but there are NO BLARING TVs! The shared baths might make some uncomfortable (so get one of the rooms with a full bath of its own) but we found that it was perfectly reasonable - we never had to wait or anything like that. The only thing that keeps me from giving them a perfect score is just going to be unchangeable - the stairs. As we age, we have gone from using the front stairs - there are 36 to get to the front desk - to the back entrance (about ten stairs there). Eventually we will need to find a place that is more accessible for aging knees.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Columbia Hotel Ashland