Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern
What We Love
- The board of local cheeses, hearty flatbreads and other New American fare from chef Giuseppe Napoli at the Tavern restaurant
- Saugerties offers a lot of charm itself, and is a convenient home base for day trips to neighboring Catskill Mountain towns like Woodstock or Hudson Valley destinations like Rhinebeck
- The deluxe turndown service consisting of fresh flowers and house made truffles
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What To Know
- A daily wine and cheese happy hour is included in the Jetsetter rate
- While the hotel features just 30 rooms, the adjacent 7,000-square-foot conference space works well for events and meetings and includes a large outdoor deck overlooking the falls
- Pets are not permitted
- A coffee station is located in the lobby from 7 to 10 a.m. each morning
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The charm of the Hudson Valley town of Saugerties lies in the comingling of Norman Rockwell-esque Americana and of-the-moment trends. It’s a modern times-meet-Main Street sensibility that’s also evident at the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern. Opened in December 2011 in a spot formerly occupied by a paper mill, this red-bricked boutique hotel marries mod cons (iPhone docking stations, heated bathroom floors) with local touches like regional beer, wine and nibbles in the mini-bar. Service is a successful blend of professionalism and small town personality.
Bed and Bath
The 30 guestrooms are large (particularly to city dwellers making a mini-break of a Hudson Valley weekend) and range from Deluxe Queen rooms to King Suites, which work well for families traveling together. Neutral color palettes have a calming effect, as does the sound of running water from Esopus Creek Falls, which each room’s private balcony overlooks.
For brunch, lunch or dinner, guests can opt to walk a few steps to the Tavern Restaurant, where chef Giuseppe Napoli serves up New American fare in an airy, buttery-walled space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the falls. Afterwards, head to the adjoining copper-ceilinged bar bedecked with antique maps and antlers for a cocktail in one of the cozy booths.
In The Area
Start your day at Love Bites Café on Partition, a local favorite for breakfast fare like French toast and avocado-topped toast. For dinner, visit Miss Lucy’s Kitchen for farm-to-table comfort food like Hudson Valley duck and house smoked BBQ ribs. Downtown Saugerties is a must-visit for antique lovers, who can hunt for furniture, architectural elements and vintage clothes at spots like the Saugerties Antiques Gallery and Fed-On Lights. Or get an overview of the town with a ride along the Saugerties Historic Village Bike Route, which takes peddlers by sights like the circa 1869 Saugerties Lighthouse and the Carnegie Library Building. Rent your wheels from Revolution Bicycles on Main Street.
How to Get There
Stay away unless you want to be sleeping on a bed infected with bugs (see pic). There were at least 30-40 bugs on our bed - who knows if they even clean the sheets before we checked in?!?!
BUT it gets worse!! We tried to reach someone at the front desk for 45 min and no one is to be found. We ended up putting towels over the sheet to sleep on since there are no extra sheets in the room either. Front desk finally called back at 1am complaining that they were unable to answer to us due to DEMANDING guests from a wedding party. At this point, we didnt want to wait another hour for someone to come change the sheets and went to bed instead.
We surfaced our concern to management and they could care less about the situation. Perhaps this is a frequent issues for them. They again stressed that they had to deal with demanding guests from the wedding hence customer service is lacking. But if they knew it would be a busy weekend, shouldnt they be better staff?
They offered a discounted rate in the future and a 10% the tavern bill. What a joke! You honestly couldnt pay me to come back and camp with bugs again!
Diamond Mills is a truly beautiful venue for a wedding. The deck and the waterfalls really add to the wedding experience. We had 136 guests attend my daughter's wedding and we opted for the Tavern area which we really liked. The problem with Diamond Mills is that they promise one thing, but deliver another. Before the wedding we told them the type of beer we wanted served. They ran out of several brands very early. I had to tack down a manager to get the bar re-stocked with a brand we didn't order because the bartenders simply said" We are out of that kind of beer" .
They also nickel and dime you on added expenses. The weather was a little iffy. So we inquired about a tent on the deck....$1,000 extra. We had the actual ceremony on their premises...$5 to set up a folding chair....that was an extra $680 just so our guests could sit during the ceremony.
We paid extra to have the bar stay open until 1:00 am. We got pushed out of the place around midnight.
The food was OK....the service during cocktail hour and dinner was OK......but the little things left a bad taste in my mouth.
I will say however that Bethany is a real professional.....and a nice person. I wish she could have been managing the wedding the entire evening
The venue is beautiful but do NOT sign a contract with this place for an event unless you have had a tasting. If you dont enjoy their overpriced pretentious food and poor service, you might want to go elsewhere. If you have already signed a contract will keep your $2000 deposit even if your event is a year away. Totally unethical business! Shame on them!!!
After a long drive up of Pennsylvania with my trailer, girlfriend and 2 horses and dealt with many difficulties trying to find lodging where they had electricity well lucky enough a diamond in the rough. we came up on this place we were lucky to find out they had been without of electricity since 8 a.m. as well but by the time we had a ride you had just turned on the person behind the counter was more than more than helpful and the room was incredible it was very clean and the gentleman who helped us was very reassuring he is more then professional and this place to anyone looking for a great little getaway up in the Catskills. 3/2/2018
OK, we saw some reviews about grouchy staff, noisy ac units, etc. But, this place is really very nice. The standard king room was huge. The staff were all pleasant and accommodating. The views are beautiful. And, having grown up in the Hudson Valley, what I was most impressed by - it is quality all the way. So much construction up there is done on the cheap and really half a**. But, this place was really well done. We enjoyed it a bunch and would recommend.