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“Very Nice Budget Place to Stay in Sonoma Wine Country” 4 of 5 stars
Review of BEST WESTERN Dry Creek Inn

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BEST WESTERN Dry Creek Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   198 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448   |  
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Ranked #6 of 8 hotels in Healdsburg
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“Very Nice Budget Place to Stay in Sonoma Wine Country”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn is just off the 101 Freeway, a little bit north of downtown Healdsburg (approximately a 90-minute drive north of San Francisco). There is a lot of parking (free) at this property, which includes both an older section of rooms, and a newer section (called the Tuscany section). The newer rooms include updated bathrooms, very nice room with small balcony, fireplace, complimentary Wi-Fi, big tv. There is also a large swimming pool, and a few different in-ground hot tubs.

Your room rate includes a full complimentary breakfast, with pancakes, waffles, cereal, hard boiled eggs, bagels, muffins, juices, coffee, tea. The breakfast is available in a large common area across from the main swimming pool on the property. Also, the check-in area of the front desk lobby includes a desktop computer with internet connection for guests. This is convenient if you want to just check a quick story or something else quick on a desktop setup.

Two tips:

1. The hotel is located about 1 1/2 miles north of downtown Healdsburg. You can walk to town in about 30 minutes, to enjoy the wine tasting rooms, restaurants and shops located downtown. Parking downtown is a little strict, with 3-hour time limits during the day. If you don't mind the walk, it gives peace of mind that your car is safe back at the hotel while you explore Healdsburg on foot and not rushed.

2. The hotel website often has a good promotion for hotel room rates. You can save a fair amount by booking online directly through the Best Western web site. (I saw rates that were almost 40% lower online than if booked elsewhere.)

I recommend the Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn as an economical, safe, convenient place to stay when visiting Healdsburg and the Sonoma Valley.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the newer Tuscan section of the property.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Fairfield, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

WARNING: They will charge your credit card for the room on the date you make the reservation. If you cancel the reservation, they will not credit your card for 7 to 10 days. I made a reservation on 10/13/2013 for a stay on 10/21/2013. I cancelled the reservation on 10/17/2013 and received a cancellation confirmation on 10/18/2013. I checked my credit card account on 10/20/2013 and saw a PERMANENT NOT TEMPORARY charge on 10/13/2013 for one night stay . There was also a temporary charge of $1 on 10/14/2013. When I called the hotel on 10/20/2013 they told me the 10/13/2013 charge is standard procedure and did not know why there was a $1 charge on 10/14/2013. They said it takes 7 to 10 days to credit the original charge.

BTW, they said this procedure is SOP in all Best Westerns!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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aaron9556, Owner at BEST WESTERN Dry Creek Inn, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Dear Trip Advisor Reviewer:

At the time your reservation was made with our hotel it was clearly explained to you that all reservations require an advance deposit. Obviously, your accepted our terms and made a confirmed reservation. This advance payment policy is quite common at hotels located in a tourist destination area.

Upon receiving your reservation cancelation request, our hotel promptly canceled the reservation, gave you a cancelation number and issued a credit to your credit card. Our financial institution processed the credit and debited our bank account within 24 hours. Therefore, our hotel did as promised and refunded your credit card immediately, as requested.

Unfortunately, once we process the refund it leaves our control and is in the hands of the financial institution that issues the credit card. I am sorry you are having trouble getting your advance deposit refunded from your financial institution. However, this is not the responsibility of the hotel. May I suggest your contact the financial institution that issued your credit card and ask them what the delay might be? It also might be a good idea to read the terms and conditions that your financial institution issues along with your credit card. This might further explain to you the financial institutions credit or refund policies.

Please be assured our hotel has fully complied with your cancelation request.

Respectfully,

Aaron Krug
President and General Manager
Best Western Dry Creek Inn
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Healdsburg, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

There is an old part and a new part of this hotel. The old part is obviously cheaper, but it is old. The carpets were dirty and the internet kept dropping off. But it's in a great location and the free breakfast selection is OK. Some of the old section is near a noisy street.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Prescott, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Very nice and comfortable Best Western. Great pool/spa area. Breakfast fine with waffles, breakfast sandwiches, but can get very crowded around 8:30. A little far of a walk to town, around 2 miles. Parking in town can be difficult and is a 3 hour limit until 6p.m.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Washougal, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Great location in Healdsburg, CA, central to wine venues and first class restaurants. The outdoor pool was a bit chilly, but nice to lay out in the sunshine. The hot tub/spa was full of bubbles, so we didn't get in it (not sure what that was all about.) A pretty good array of food for breakfast, but I would have loved some hot eggs. The waffles were good, and the yogurt. Great coffee and fresh orange juice. The room was comfortable as was the bed.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

If I am in Northern California I always stay in Healdsburg at the Dry Creek Inn. Great central location for going to wineries and their new "spa" rooms are terrific for comfort and access to the facilities in the courtyard.

Room Tip: Get a room on the first floor in the new section
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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La Habra, California
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We had stayed at the best western garden inn in Santa Rosa a couple weeks before as there was almost nothing else available and just needed a place to sleep for the night. We were very disappointed with the accommodations. This hotel in Healdsburg was very nice and almost half the price with a free breakfast. We stayed in the vintage king room and it was very spacious, quiet, comfortable, nicely decorated in a grape motif with fireplace and jacuzzi tub located on the cute courtyard and next to breakfast room. We had stayed there 10+ years ago with our young children and it was a basic best western (almost dumpy) hotel. It's been nicely updated and we will stay there again.

Room Tip: New building with vintage king rooms are very nice.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Best Western Plus Dry Creek Hotel Healdsburg
Best Western Plus Dry Creek Hotel
Best Western Healdsburg
Healdsburg Best Western
Address: 198 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Healdsburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Healdsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN Dry Creek Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best Western Dry Creek Inn is the heart of California's famous Wine Country in the beautiful town of Healdsburg CA, just 15 minutes from Santa Rosa. Five minutes from our hotel is the popular Healdsburg’s Town Square, home to many award-winning fine dining and family restaurants and boutique and antique shopping. Over 150 of the renowned Dry Creek, Russian River, and Alexander Valley wineries and River Rock Casino are within 20 minutes of the hotel. ... more   less 
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