Oregon: Ashland – Lhasa House (Review)

A quaint studio apartment (sort of) within easy walking distance of downtown Ashland and the Shakespeare festival

Location: 710 N Alberta St, Portland, OR 97217.   Tel:  (503) 954-2304
Map: Google Map
Type: Hostel
Website: www.travelershouse.org
Prices:  $40/$45 for dorm – $90 for Private Queen (2 night min)

One of our great loves is to visit Ashland, Oregon two or three times a year to see the plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (which runs from March to October each year). We’ve been doing this for over 11 years now (we actually lived in Ashland for two of those years). Indeed, it was the Festival that actually bought us to Ashland for the first time. So, we love it.

Over the years we have stayed at several hotels and campsites, but in recent times we have preferred to find somewhere to crash out on airbnb.com, especially since we have become vegans. This allows us to find places with kitchens so we can do our own thing when it comes to some meals. In Ashland, there are so many choices for us it isn’t usually such a problem. More important is being able to walk into town and the Shakespeare playhouses as parking can be a bit tricky.

We have found one place that has 4 small cottages. Well, when I say cottages they are more like large sheds in the garden, or at least that is how it feels. Having said that they are quaint, especially taking the communal garden into account (more on that later).

For this trip, we were staying in Lhasa House (again calling this a house is a stretch). Although Lhasa House technically has a separate kitchen (again a stretch) it is essentially a studio. As you enter Lhasa House you step into a spacious reception area, which is great for storing coats, bags and shoes away from the rest of the house.

The main living area is fairly large, with a large bed, a sofa bed, a comfy chair and a small table. The bed turned out to be very comfortable and the pillows were great. Plump, firm pillows are often my main bugbear when it comes to staying in bed and breakfasts and hotels.

The bathroom was also plenty big enough – at least for us. The shower had a tiled walk-in stall that felt comfortable for my large 6 foot 5 frame.

Whilst the shower was roomy the same could not be said for the kitchenette. This was tiny – Karen could just about squeeze into the corner. Luckily, we were not planning to do much cooking during our stay. It was fine for making coffee and toast, but not a lot more.

The highlight for us was the garden. You will notice that I have posted more photos of the garden than the house. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a lot of time to enjoy the garden and the spring weather was proving to be very changeable. Anyway it was beautiful with many plants and flowering bushes in full bloom. It is not a formal garden and it offers several little secret areas if you are seeking a serene sanctuary for few minutes peace and quite. There is also a small hot tub for the visitors to use, which we sadly never got to use due to our packed schedule.

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