When you think of someplace to stay in the delightful, theater-oriented town of Ashland in Southern Oregon, quaint B&Bs often come to mind. But for those who want convenience, spaciousness, and value, the re-imagined Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites is a great choice.
Years ago, we stayed at this sprawling, modern hotel when it was the Windmill Inn. We chose it because it was conveniently located just off I-5, it was pet-friendly, and the price didn’t break the budget. As Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, this large, 150-room hotel is still conveniently located both for travelers visiting Ashland to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, go wine tasting at the area’s many wineries, or enjoy outdoor sports like fishing, bicycling or white water rafting the Rogue River. It’s also still a pet-friendly and a good value. What’s new is everything else. The Neuman Group, owners of the historic Ashland Springs Hotel (among others), purchased the property with the intent of completely updating and refreshing it and they’ve done a great job giving this hotel a very cool mid-century modern vibe.
Neuman’s designers have lightened the entire atmosphere with fresh, light-colored paints and modern furniture, while staying true to the hotel’s sleek, modernist architecture and keeping cool, original touches like sparkly cylindrical chandeliers and long mirrors embedded into support posts. The artwork throughout the property is splashy and modern and fits right in.
Free Parking and Breakfast
Guests arrive via a huge parking lot (with plenty of free parking) and follow a circular drive that leads to a broad covered portico. (After checking in, we were able to pull our car around and enter a door right near our room, making schlepping luggage convenient and easy.)
The big lobby is filled with glass and natural light and offers groupings of small couches and chairs that invite guests to linger. Just off the lobby is a small business center with computers and printers free for guests to use.
To the right of the front desk are spacious conference rooms and breakout spaces. This is where the Oregon Chocolate Festival has relocated and the hotel’s abundant and large conference venues make it a great choice.
Up a half flight of stairs and you’ll find an open mezzanine where guests enjoy a free expanded continental breakfast. Offerings include juice, fruit, yogurt, bagels/toast, hard boiled eggs, hot and cold cereals, and, a very cool machine that makes pretty good cakes. It’s also up here that guests can help themselves to coffee, tea, cocoa, and spiced cider 24/7.
The hallways of the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites are like everything else in this hotel—super wide and filled with natural light from large, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook rolling green hills and shady mature trees. It makes for a lovely and restful setting. There’s a big, outdoor pool (only open in the warmer months), and spa, and a modest fitness room.
Spacious Guest Rooms
Our guest room was huge, really huge. We’d opted for a two-bed queen room and it came with a sleek round table and two upholstered chairs, a writing desk, a bureau with drawers, small refrigerator, and coffee maker, and a large flat screen TV. And there was still ample room to drive a car right through! Since I enjoy doing yoga and Pilates to get out the road kinks, it was a real luxury to have a room with this kind of space.
The hotel offers free, high-speed internet, something as a business traveler I always appreciate.
The room’s sliding glass, which led to a small covered concrete patio with a couple of outdoor chairs door, overlooked a pleasant green space. In warmer months, this would be a restful space to share an evening cocktail.
The bathroom featured double sinks and a tub/shower combo and another sink outside the bathroom, a nice feature when you’re sharing a room. Just opposite this third sink area is a large closet with space hanging for clothing and storing luggage.
We stayed at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites during March. Despite a crowd of choco-philes staying at the hotel for the Oregon Chocolate Festival, the rooms were super quiet. In fact, it was so quiet I felt like we had the entire wing of this hotel to ourselves.
Real Bottom Line: The Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites is the perfect stop-over for Southern Oregon-bound travelers or for those on their way north or south on I-5. If you’re looking for value, convenience, and very cool modern décor, this is a great choice. I know I’ll be putting the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites on my itinerary again and again. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor