Atwater Inc. Studio revamps Best Western Dry Creek Inn

The Best Western Dry Creek Inn, a two-building Mediterranean-style villa located in the heart of Healdsburg, Calif., has completed a $4 million renovation to the Villa Toscana, an Italianate building overlooking a piazza, fountains and landscaping.

In renovating the 60-guestroom hotel, Los Angles-based Atwater Inc. Studio reimagined the building as an ode to Tuscany, blending casual country decor with old-world charm. 

Drawing inspiration from both the Italian and Californian countryside, the rooms evoke country-cottage chic, complete with exposed faux wood beams, fireplaces and private balconies. Key elements include rustic woods, decorative metal, natural stone and neutral textures, so that the rooms create a sense of place not normally seen in a Best Western. There are also decorative credenzas and cerused wood nightstands juxtaposed with soft blue hues and creamy whites. 


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The majority of bathrooms were upgraded and expanded. Jetted tubs were replaced with showers, and accentuated with double sink vanities, Spanish tiled floors and shower surrounds, and artwork depicting farm flowers. For those who enjoy a soak, 12 of the rooms have a freestanding tub.

The property includes one guest suite complete with kitchen. It features a farm sink and table, sliding barn door, four-poster bed, and casual sitting area.   

The Dry Creek Inn was built in the early 1980s as a roadside motel. In 2008, the owners added Villa Toscana, the luxury counterpart to the original 103-room Casa Siena building, and in 2014, made major cosmetic upgrades to Casa Siena. Atwater also worked on the new lobby design.

Photo credit: Bethany Nauert/Atwater Inc. Studio