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Columbia Hotel
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Ashland
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“loved this old-timey hotel!”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

I stayed at the Columbia one night on my way to Crater Lake so that I could take in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I got a single room with a shared bath/shower. The room was adorable and their was coffee made in the lobby at 6:15am when I took off for Crater Lake! All of the staff I encountered on my brief visit were very hospitable. Loved being right in the middle of Ashland with all it's funky coffee houses, awesome restaurants and theater.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

This time, almost a year later, we stay at a 2 double room with share bathroom. Large bedroom, big windows, small sink. yes you have to get out of your room to use the toilet or shower but it is right there. The hotel has this feeling of an Inn, it is small. You can get a cup of fresh coffee wearing your pajamas, or seat in the lovely leaving room to read the news, a borrow book or decide which play to see...walk everywhere, a lovely stay...

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

This is an old hotel that has been very nicely remodeled and has a charming lobby as well as very attractive rooms. Wifi is available in the lobby. Coffee is available there in the morning. The staff was friendly and helpful. There are fresh flowers throughout. Our room was immaculately clean with no chemical smells. If you can park in the 15 min spot in front you will have a tall stairway to climb to the lobby. By parking in the parking lot behind the climb is far less but you would need directions for finding it. Parking is tight but there is free on street parking nearby. The location of the hotel is excellent for the theaters as well as shops and restaurants. My friend and I had the room with a bath so I can't comment on the shared baths but they looked very nice.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

I spent three nights at the Columbia Hotel in Ashland. If a TV and bathroom in your room is important, this is not the place for you. If you value fresh flowers, plush towels, friendly staff and a welcoming lobby, you need to visit the Columbia Hotel. It is conveniently located near the venues for the plays in the Shakespeare Festival - just a few blocks away. If you like to shop and/or eat, there are plenty of options in easy walking distance. The hotel is also close to walking in Lithia park and (if you have a car) a number of hiking trails (within 5 - 20 miles). In general, the staff were able to offer advice and suggestions about plays, nearby hiking trails, restaurants and even a service station for a car issue. While there is limited parking behind the hotel, it is easy to find nearby on street parking. A potential downside is the need to walk up a flight of stairs to reach the lobby and the rooms. I did not see any elevators, but I was not looking for them either.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Like staying at your Grandma's house if you had a sweet, loving Grandma who was a neat freak. I didn't, but I am a neat freak and I was impressed by how an old, quaint little hotel kept the rooms so clean. We had a room with a private shower which was nice, but I looked at the communal showers and they were very nice, cute, clean too.
The location is amazing...right on the main street to everything....4 min. walk to the park, plays, Ashland food co op..etc.
I would def stay here again next time I'm in town and not staying with friends.
The bed wasn't as firm as I would have liked but for 2 nights it was fine.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

Staff was extremely welcoming and hospitable throughout our stay. The room was charming and the beds were comfortable. We enjoyed the convenience of being able to walk everywhere. We visit Ashland eveyr year but this our first stay at the Columbia Hotel, and would recommend it highly unless you like generic hotels with lots of fancy amenities but no ambience.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Roseburg, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2013

Choosing this hotel was such a great idea! We loved that we could park for free (small hotel lot or on the street a short block away) and easily walk to a dozen wonderful restaurants and bars. We drove to Ashland for a quick, one-night getaway, and this hotel's location and charm made it even more memorable.

Many of the rooms have "European style" baths . . . meaning you share the shower & toilet with a few other rooms. A great addition to their rooms would be a pair of bath robes--I've stayed at McMenamin's hotels in Portland (which also have these sorts of baths), and the robes are a great touch. Also, a pair of water glasses would have been nice.

However, I LOVED the fresh flowers, the lack of a television, and the absolute silence of the place. A wonderful, spotless hotel with great character--and we WILL be back. :)

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Columbia Hotel
Address: 262 1/2 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520-1894
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Region: United States > Oregon > Ashland
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Ashland
#7 Romantic Hotel in Ashland
#7 Family Hotel in Ashland
#8 Business 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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