Updated: December 2017

Holiday Inn Express - Ashland Oregon:

I have driven by the town of Ashland, Oregon dozens of times as I've made my way back and forth to California from the Portland area. I just never had the reason to stop there until a recent trip in October 2011. I did the research on Tripadvisor.com and looked at the variety of hotels that are offered in that area just off of I-5. The Holiday Inn Express Ashland seemed like the logical pick as we weren't venturing into the actual town of Ashland, we just needed a place to stay right off the main highway. It couldn't have been in a better location as it's literally 1 minute from the freeway exit. The Holiday Inn Express is a newer hotel with 65 rooms on 3 floors. The room rates are about $110/night, but we were able to book a huge 2 queen suite that featured a sitting area, refrigerator, and microwave. The kids loved it and I enjoyed the extra space.

Our guest room (suite) was very clean when we arrived. The queen beds have good mattresses and nice sheets. The couch in the sitting area was a bit tough to sit on, but we only watched a few hours of TV before heading to bed. The bathroom was decent size and the shower/bath were also clean. We had read online (from reviews posted in 2008) how the rooms were not cleaned very well, but that seems to be a problem of the past as we didn't notice anything like that. Most recent stays and reviews mention a friendly staff, clean hotel rooms, and a well stocked breakfast bar. I would definitely stay here again if I had the chance. The room size was the most important thing to me and the suite (for the money) was well worth it. When I'm traveling with my kids, I always look for a hotel that offers up a FREE breakfast and that is what we found at the Holiday Inn Express Ashland. The kids had cereal and pancakes while I was able to get a cinnamon roll, bacon, and some coffee. They also have bagels, muffins, yogurt, juices, and more. Plenty of food for everyone to start the day. The complimentary breakfast was located to the right of the main lobby - you can't miss it as you check-in. Be sure to check with the front desk when you check into the hotel for the breakfast hours. Usually they are from at least 6AM to 9AM. There was ample seating in the breakfast dining area. The indoor pool was another highlight for our kids. Any pool at a hotel is always appreciated and the kids did get some use out of this one. There is also a hot tub/whirlpool located next to the pool. I went into their fitness center, but did not use the equipment. It has the basics like treadmills and exercise bikes. Other amenities included free internet access, on-site guest laundry facilities, and a business center where you could print or fax documents. The staff was more than welcoming at the front desk and in the breakfast area. You can view their website at http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/ashland/hsaor/hoteldetail.

Shakespeare Festival Lodging:

The one activity that continues to draw tourists to Ashland is the Shakespear Festival and plays that are offered almost year round. Crowds flock to this Southern Oregon town to see well acted out plays from Shakespeare. You can view the official website at http://www.osfashland.org. Lodging can be a bit pricey - one of the more expensive hotel options is the Ashland Springs Hotel with rooms priced at about $150/night. The Best Western Bard's Inn is also close to the Shakespeare Theatre and rooms there go for about $100/night. Most reviews mention that the location for these 2 hotels is perfect if you want to enjoy the town and or the festival. If you are up for the drive (only about 10 minutes) - you could still stay at the Holiday Inn Express by the freeway. Book in advance for popular weekends as many of the hotels in Ashland are small and the rooms do fill up.

Ashland Holiday Inn Express Rooms:

As we noted above, there are 65 rooms total at this hotel location. There are 19 suites and several rooms for handicapped individuals. Basics in the rooms include cable tv, work desk, extra electrical outlets (come in handy for things like iPhones and kids DS), coffee maker, mini refrigerator, microwave oven, etc. The triple sheeted beds are quite comfortable. I would say you could hear a bit of noise from I-5 through the windows, but it wasn't too bad. Most of the night we had our fan/AC unit on so that drowned out the outside noise levels. We have included a picture of the queen/queen suite below. One of the largest rooms you will stay in for just $120/night.

holiday day inn queen suite