by Jeff Bogle
This charming century-old hotel in the heart of Ashland, one block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theaters, will help make families feel as though they are traveling in a quaint European village. The Columbia Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is Ashland’s oldest and longest running hotel. What the Columbia lacks in modernism, it more than makes up for in ambiance, warmth and friendliness, with luxurious reading and relaxing areas for playing cards or reading the newspaper in the lobby, and claw foot tubs in the rooms and suites. In an Oregon city known for independent theater, dining and shopping, the Columbia Hotel is the town’s premier independent hotel. Some rooms make use of a shared bathroom, but if that style of European travel isn’t for you, there are suites with private baths available.
Our Editor Loves
- Historic feel
- Central Ashland location
- Claw foot tubs in select suites
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
Good/funky old hotel where most rooms have a shared bath down the hall, and there's no air conditioning - plan accordingly by the season. All that said, it's an ideal location and a reasonable price - parking in the back, nice lobby for hanging out, walk to the plays and restaurants.
The staff is very friendly and very helpful. I called ahead to announce a late arrival and they handled it for me. The location is excellent, you can walk to everything. The night clerk helped me to get to the best Sushi place, "Kolbe", a little hard to find.
The rooms are charming, however poorly appointed, no surface in bathroom to put anything, the shower towels were very small and the room had only 2 outlets, one occupied by lamp on night stand. So you can't charge laptop and phone.
But the really bad thing was the smell of urine in the long stair case, which leads from street to hotel floor on second level.