Luxury Boutique Hotel
100 miles north of New York City, in the village of Saugerties Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern is a Destination Luxury Boutique Hotel. With picturesque views of the Esopus Creek and Catskill Mountains and close proximity to the Hudson River, it has become a favorite place for guests visiting from New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, Albany, upstate New York, as well as the Hudson Valley.
The Cantine Paper Mill, built in 1888 formerly stood at this very location. The mill closed its doors in 1966, and a fire in 1978 devastated the original building leaving the lot vacant for many years. In 2010, Thomas Struzzieri; President and CEO of Diamond Mills, acquired the property. He would take his morning run by the property and thought it would be a great location to open a luxury property that would accommodate special occasions in Saugerties.
You may recognize Tom’s name from HITS Horse Shows Tom has a vision for creating things. He has created HITS Horse Shows, a world class horse show circuit, Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern; a luxury boutique hotel in the Village of Saugerties, as well as the 2015 opening of Black Barn Restaurant in NYC.
Today, 7000 square feet of versatile conference and special event space make up Diamond Mills. The conference and special event space is unrivaled by anything in the area. The hotel is compromised of 28 guest rooms and 2 suites. The suites have two floors. One is called The Tower Suite and the other the Esopus Suite. All guest rooms have outdoor sitting areas with views of the rushing Esopus Falls.
The village of Saugerties is a short walk up the street where guests can enjoy shopping and local eateries. The boutique hotel offers in room mini bar, overstuffed duvets, luxury Egyptian cotton linens, room service from the Tavern, and complimentary wine and cheese social each evening in The Tavern.
May through October is the high season for weddings at Diamond Mills. The Grand Ballroom includes a terrace overlooking the Esopus Falls and accommodates up to 300 guests. In the evening. the the falls are lit and makes for quite a view. For smaller weddings and parties the Fireside Mezzanine accommodates up to 25 guests.
We sat down and talked with Mark Rice, Concierge at the hotel for five years and Morgan Marks; Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the hotel and the Tavern. Mark tells us how guests are pleasantly surprised to find Diamond Mills in the quaint village of Saugerties. They like how the hotel accommodates weddings and includes world class cuisine at The Tavern. Guests like the staff, great housekeeping and like to dine at The Tavern.
Wedding guests have such a good experience at Diamond Mills they often tell a relative or friend and wind up coming back for additional weddings. That is how most of the hotel’s wedding business has grown.
HITS Horse Shows
Many of the exhibitors and spectators for HITS Horse Shows also find their way to Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern. They stay at the hotel or come by for cocktails and dinner after a horse show. Exhibitors come from all over the country and Diamond Mills offers a nearby barn with stables for equestrian owners. The outdoor patio is a great place to experience a few cocktails with the Esopus Creek view.
A conference room is also available for meetings and luncheons and many local professionals use the space to host meetings with clients.
First Friday’s are held every month in Saugerties. It’s a night of live music, tastings and shops are open late. The hotel also features a popular buffet on First Friday’s from 5-10 pm for $25 per person. There are different themes for each month’s buffet from seafood to Italian, Irish food and more. It’s Best to check the website for upcoming months.
The next surprise is when you turn the corner into the dining room at The Tavern. The dining room is large, airy and modern but elegant and decorated in a color scheme of camel and grays. The tavern is open for Lunch, Dinner and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Shrimp Cocktail with wasabi mayo and cocktail sauce (pictured below), oysters, salads, flat-breads. burgers and entrees like Flat Iron Steak, Sandwich of the Day and Salmon Greek Salad are on the menu for Lunch. Favorites for lunch are: Italian Flat-bread, healthy salad bowl and Burgers. Menus Change Seasonally and are created by CIA Alumnus, Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli
Dinner Entrees include: Pheasant, rabbit, short ribs, cod and salmon. To view the dinner menu click here.
Signature cocktails at The Tavern are created by Bar Manager and House Sommelier Alison Berlin. You’ll find an assortment of local Craft Beers as well as specialty cocktails that change seasonally. Currently at The Tavern ise the “Sunflower” made with Catskill Distillery Curious Gin, Triple Sec, Elder flower Liqueur, Fresh Lemon juice and “Spring Fizz” made with Gin, peach brandy, lemon house-made, grenadine, sugar, egg white and Angostura Bitters.
Diamond Mills’ sister property, The Saugerties Steamboat Co. will open as a recreational oasis offering kayaking, paddle boards and fishing charters starting in Summer 2016. The venue will also host weddings and special events.
Diamond Mill Hotel and Tavern
has continually been named
BEST of Hudson Valley since it’s opening from
Hudson Valley Magazine
To Find out more about what to do in the area like hiking trails, adventure tours, horseback riding, historic sites, the Saugerties Lighthouse, Levon Helm Studio, HITS Horse Shows, Bethel Woods LIVE and other destination events Click Here
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Feature Story Photos By Melissa Tyler