Step back in time - with great wifi connection. Who cares that there is no tv, immerse yourself in a little time travel, or open up your computer! An early December trip to Ashland, found us in the off season, and we were treated to an amazing holiday adventure. Arriving just after sunset, we found the front door in the middle of downtown. It is very discreet, no big hotel front, just a door and awning in the middle of the block. Opening the door was a little like stepping through to "the Lion, the Witch,and the Wardrobe". Of the same era, we opened the door to a cascade of wooden stairs adorned with poinsettias, and crowned by a 100-year plus hotel desk. Luckily, the back of the hotel has parking, and a shorter set of stairs.
We opted for a room with a bathroom, complete with a claw-foot tub. Most of the rooms have a sink, but the commode and shower require a little trip down the hall - you may want to bring your bathrobe. Our room had a comfortable queen size bed, a day bed, a large bathroom, and a beautiful view of the street below and the mountains beyond.(room 6). The lobby was decorated for the holidays, comfortable and a wonderful place to sit, work on your computer, drink tea, visit, snoop through the unoccupied rooms, or read.
The wifi experience is very welcoming and easy to bring up, though if you're not active on it, it times out fairly quickly. Just log back in. It tells you who is at the front desk. Staff at the front desk were marvelous, accomodating and they love working there - imagine that. They knew the area, and were good at suggesting local eateries, gave us directions and were charming.
I am sure that staying there is great any time, but we were there during an unusual snowstorm, and this event marked our trip with an extra kind of magic.
- 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