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Ashland's historic Peerless Hotel set to close

Crissy Barnett Donovan, the owner and founder of the restored Peerless Hotel, said that the business will close on November 1 after 26 years in operation.

Posted: Oct 29, 2020 10:24 AM
Updated: Oct 29, 2020 10:34 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. — The historic Peerless Hotel in Ashland will cease to be — at least in its current form — this coming weekend, the owner announced on Wednesday night.

Crissy Barnett Donovan, the owner and founder of the restored Peerless Hotel, said that the business will close on November 1 after 26 years in operation.

"While the prolonged effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has certainly been a challenge to our small hotel during 2020, I have made this decision in order to explore other uses for the property I have loved for over a quarter century," Donovan said.

Donovan says that she will be working with the City of Ashland to convert the building into mixed-use commercial space downstairs, with residential space upstairs — keeping the building's "historical" designation while providing some new housing options in Ashland.

The building was built in 1900 as a boarding house for railroad workers, with one owner naming it "Peerless Rooms" in 1910, Donovan said. The current owner bought the building in 1991 after it was condemned — working with Oregon's Historical Preservation Office and the City of Ashland to get the property on the National Register of Historic Places.

The adjacent Peerless Restaurant was sold to chef Harlan Brooks in February and will remain open, Donovan indicated.

"Let me express my deep appreciation to the wonderful people of Ashland and all our loyal hotel guests who began staying with us from the beginning and have continued to visit us for over 25 years; introducing their children and grandchildren to the 'Peerless Experience,'" Donovan concluded. "My husband Michael and I love this community and plan to continue to reside here and support our friends and hospitality colleagues in this journey back to a prosperous tourism economy!"

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