If you’re looking for a luxurious stay in Upstate New York, look no further than the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern located in Saugerties, NY. Besides the fluffy robes, comfy beds and room service (all which Diamond Mills has) a hotel stay with a view always adds to the luxury experience. Diamond Mills also has this as it sits right next to the Esopus Falls! Each room has a furnished balcony so you can take in the view under the stars or in the morning while you sip your coffee.
When we arrived at Diamond Mills we were greeted by their friendly staff who opened the door for us, checked us in, took our bags and personally escorted us to our room. Diamond Mills is definitely not lacking in service. The staff was always very accommodating and made sure you knew of all the perks that came with being a guest at the hotel, including a complimentary happy hour. We checked in on the earlier side, so while we waited to go to happy hour we enjoyed the room, the beautiful balcony and the chocolates… yes you read the right – chocolate! Diamond Mills welcomes new guests with a variety of chocolates and a hand written note wishing you a great stay. They also turn soothing music on before you get to your room so that when you walk in your stress level is already down several notches!
An hour or two later, we headed to the Tavern for their complimentary wine and cheese hour. The bar area has such a classic look and was amazing for photos. We also could’ve taken our plate to the huge outdoor terrace facing the falls, but since it was a humid day we stayed inside. The cheese plate was delicious and it also came with yummy crackers and jam.
After happy hour, we headed into town for some pizza from Slices and took it to have a little picnic at the Saugerties Lighthouse. The 1869 lighthouse is so cool and is actually currently being used as a B&B. To get there, you walk along a half-mile trail through the Ruth Reynolds Glunt Nature Preserve. The trail itself is really nice and takes you through some beautiful sandy shores along the Hudson River. Once you make it to the lighthouse, there are picnic tables behind the building and each table even has a cute succulent as a center piece!
The Saugerties Lighthouse isn’t far from Diamond Mills, so when the rain started to down pour we ran for the car and headed back to our cozy hotel room. Diamond Mills is actually walkable to a lot of things in town. There are cute antique stores, cafes, bookstores and more just waiting to be explored just a minute or two away.
Once we got to our room we were still soaked from the rain and anxious to get dry and relax… which was easy to do as Diamond Mills has turn down service, a heater in the bathroom and heated bathroom tiles. During the turn down service, the heater in the bathroom was turned on so it was already nice and toasty for us to quickly dry off. We also had evening chocolates left on our cabinet along with a fresh flower for an extra touch of hospitality.
The next morning, we headed down to the main floor lobby area for coffee and pastries! While some may miss a more traditional breakfast, being the New Yorkers that we are, a quick pastry on-the-go with a hot cup of coffee is all we need to get the day started. The yummy assortment of croissants and cinnamon rolls was delish! We took ours to our room so we could eat on the balcony and read the Chronogram, but their lobby eating area is a really cute place to enjoy a casual breakfast as well.
When it came time for checkout we were sad to leave, but we were also happy that we had such a lovely experience! Diamond Mills should definitely be on your list for a luxurious stay upstate!