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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We found this wonderful place to stop for the night which is a gem in a cute little town off the turnpike. We had a large room with king bed, walk in shower with 2 separate sink areas which is helpful in the morning. The room also has a patio with table and chairs and a beautiful view of the river. We enjoyed sitting out in the evening with a drink, and again in the morning with coffee and pastries provided by the hotel. We would definitely stop there again ! Pictures are the views off the patio from our room.
My husband and I spent three nights here over Memorial Day and were treated to wonderful, hospitable service from both the front desk and the restaurant staff - but the best part was the thoughtfully laid out rooms, including the balcony overlooking the waterfalls, the separate sink and mirror outside of the bathroom, and the home-made chocolates and fresh flowers for turndown. Did I mention the thick & fluffy robes? We ate 4 meals at the Tavern and each one was superb! We can't wait to come back!
Room was immaculate. View was amazing! And the employees were very friendly. Plus we had a balcony to watch the falls. Parking was easy. Grounds and flowers were lovely and well kept. Great find!
Reserve at your own risk!!! If you don't mind having your reservation cancelled at the last minute by the hotel during high season, then by all means, reserve away...If, however, that's something you would find distressing and inconvenient (among other things) then find someplace else to stay. The Hudson Valley is full of beautiful properties with lovely staff who truly believe that hotels are in the hospitality industry.
In short, I booked a king room here over the phone directly with a reservationist at the hotel. A month before the wedding I was to attend in Saugerties, someone from the hotel called to ask if I was part of the 'Center Line" group. When I told the hotel staffer I didn't even know what that was, she said there had been a mistake and I should never have been rented a room.
"The king rooms are fully booked and we will have to cancel your reservation."
I protested that such a move seemed both unprofessional and unethical - considering the hotel had already charged my credit card for the full room rate. The staffer said she would look into it and see what she could do. I never received a call back from that staffer or anyone else at the hotel. Less than an hour later, I got an automated notice from the hotel that my reservation had been cancelled.
Are you kidding me?
After two hours of attempts, I was finally able to reach a manager. His name is Guy and he clearly has no business working in the hospitality industry. Guy was unconcerned that my reservation for a stay at his hotel had been unceremoniously cancelled. It was of no significance that the reservation had been made with his employee and paid for in full.
"People make mistakes, I can't give you a room I don't have." -Guy
Ok, Guy, so what would you suggest I do? It's high season and you've now left me with no where to stay for a family wedding? Thanks a lot.
We are writing this review with wonderful memories of our 5 day stay at this special place . Diamond Mills is a modern interpretation of a classic riverside mill structure which utilizes its majestic waterfall and surroundings not for manufacture but to provide a tranquil and scenic setting for its guests . Beautifully decorated and spacious guest room and balcony overlooking the falls all requisite amenities ( lush terry robes and towels , fine linens , selection of pillows , modern electronics , etc. ) of a 5 - Star property . Without a doubt the magic ingredient which made our stay so memorable was the Diamond Mills people . The warm and welcoming attitude of the front desk staff on check-in was consistently present for our entire stay and was exhibited by everyone we encountered from front desk to housekeeping up to Mr. Guy Chirico , the General Manager . In our travels through Europe , Bermuda and the Caribbean we have come to realize that the best and most valued travel experiences for a guest happen when their hosts are proud of the hospitality they provide and when they themselves value what they and their property have to offer . Diamond Mills is such a special place and we look forward to our next visit .