Ashland Springs Hotel

26 Mar

A stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel is comfort & service only usually found in better European hotels, anticipated needs are met from the moment you enter the beautifully appointed and dramatic, two-story lobby-smiles abound from genuinely happy staff, only eager to make your stay the absolute best, whether you’re in for a quick overnight stay, a weekend event, or longer.

My journey began with an invitation to cover the recent 8th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival, held at the hotel, http://www.ashlandspringshotel.com/12-oregon-chocolate-festival.php . I arrived at the hotel a little early from my drive down from the Willamette Valley are of Oregon, to the north. Check in parking is on the street-

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photo courtesy of Jared Hail

Once you’ve registered, there is a parking area to the right & behind the hotel, with 24-hour security access to rooms.

Check in is a breeze; questions answered regarding continental breakfast location and times, elevators and stairs, event locations within the hotel and concierge information, should you need it.  The Ashland Springs is a pretty easy hotel to navigate; featuring Lark’s Home Kitchen Cuisine restaurant adjacent to the lobby. This is where you’ll find a daily complimentary continental breakfast, in addition to offerings for lunch and dinner throughout the week. I stopped in for lunch of a Caesar Salad and Mac & Cheese. With an iced tea it was a delightful way to pass some time in the company of the “ladies who lunch” who seemed to have dominated the restaurant that day.

The room is well furnished and shows off the mountains this town is nestled into. Large windows face over the main street, offering views in many directions. Drapes with black out curtains assist with darking the room when you’re ready to retire. Speaking of which, I am an advocate for naps. If you have the time, scratch that….make the time to take a half an hour before unpacking and take a nap in the bed. The firm, but overstuffed mattress, coupled with higher threadcount sheets absolutely beckons for a rejuvenation of body and soul. Each room come with a lavender sachet on the bed, to be used in your bath..fragrant enough not to overpower your bed time, it does leave a lingering aroma in the room. Image

With nap time over, unpacking and orienting yourself in the room is so much easier. Ample closet holds robes, iron and board, hairdryer, luggage rack and in-house hangers for your garments. There is a writing desk at the entry, with enough electrical outlets to satisfy any techno junkie. Yes, there is an armoire with TV, but while you’re in Ashland, with so many things to see and do, do you really need it? I kept it off and closed for my stay.

The bathroom is close to a religious experience. Vintage look tiles, sink and tub are lit by more than adequate lighting, but (in most rooms) one or two huge windows that feature pull-down shades in addition to the privacy glass, and a full mirror with shelves for your toiletries. Gilcrest & Soames beautiful soaps, shampoos and conditioners are standard amenities for this hotel.

A bit of history on the Ashland Springs Hotel-Originally built and named the Lithia Springs Hotel, this beauty opened its doors in 1925, and until recently was named the Mark Antony. The Ashland Springs Hotel officially opened its doors in December of 2000, after an extensive restoration of guest rooms, lobby and restaurant. More can be read at http://www.ashlandspringshotel.com/pdf/Spring%2005%20Article.pdf

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