ASHLAND, Ore. — The owners of several Ashland resorts are expanding their business, and reopening a hotel that’s been closed for six years.
This section of the Ashland Hills Hotel, which was most recently called the Windmill Inns of America, has been closed since 2007. Now the owners of the Ashland Springs Hotel want to bring it back to life, and give Ashland a space for tourists, conventions and conferences.
The owners of Ashland Springs Hotel bought Ashland Hills last week. They say its the largest banquet event space in Southern Oregon. Ashland Hills was built in 1978 on the south side of Ashland.
The new owners say reopening the large complex will allow large groups to hold conferences there. Co-owner Becky Neuman says Ashland Hills carries a lot of history for the community, which she says will be a big draw when it reopens.
“We ourselves, we got married, Doug and I, back in ’78 and our family stayed in this hotel. We were so fascinated by this location and staying in this hotel, that we actually ended up making our homes here,” said Becky Neuman.
Half of the complex already houses 70 suites, and has been operating under the name of “Villiage Suites” since 2007. The general manager of the Ashland Springs Hotel says there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to remodel and refurbish the inside. They hope to have it open by 2014.