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Member Since: 9/28/2012
The goal of our wedding was to blend black tie luxury with the feel of a family road trip to the mountains and a dash of nightclub style excess, all while respecting nature, our religious traditions and our budget. As if that wasn't enough, we also wanted a hotel onsite that would be convenient for our guests with special needs. That's a lot to handle, the Diamond Mills has succeeded on all counts. The bride was instantly attracted to the view of the waterfall that can be seen from every room and the charming town of Saugerties that has shops and restaurants within walking distance that made our wedding weekend feel like a destination that was so close to New York. The groom loved both the intimacy of the space as well as the grandness: with the entire 30-room boutique hotel and the private spaces of the tavern blocked for the entire weekend, it was a place where all of our loved ones could descend on what was for 3 days the center of our universe.
The staff was beyond impeccable - they not only helped craft the event from beginning to end, everyone from server to manager to owner was proactive in anticipating our needs and the flow of the weekend. I can pinpoint several cases: during an intimate family dinner, an impromptu set of toasts broke out, and the servers elected to wait until we were finished so that we wouldn't feel rushed. One young waiter had overheard a guest talking about going snowboarding and offered suggestions on where to rent equipment to avoid wasting time and money. The event manager knew the type of wine and whiskey the groom liked and ensured that spectacular bottles were placed in the grooms room. He custom crafted menus based on dishes we liked during our many visits, and offered some special touches (including a lighting effect, but I don't want to ruin the surprise!). The hotel night manager noted that while we were celebrating late into the night, someone had brought out a plate of cheeses but no utensils, and without prompting he brought us cheese knives and plates. Gina, the hotel manager, worked patiently with us for months on room assignments that changed even during the weekend. Despite having a great on-site chef whose meals we enjoyed during the planning and the wedding weekend (this is coming from picky new Yorkers), the owner brought in a kosher caterer for the wedding itself so that our religious traditions were respected. He also gave us some great tips for our first triathlon (he had just ran a marathon and biked a century before one of our planning meetings, but he still sat with us). Our wedding coordinator made sure the entire weekend flowed and felt personal with advance planning (and made sure there was a case of red bull behind the bar just for the groom), and introduced us to vendors that they have built a relationship with through their bridal expos.
We had an overall exceptional experience hosting our wedding at the Diamond Mills - writing this review makes us want to relive it again but for real not just on video. Our advice is to jump in early while they are still growing and they realize they are a bargain for what they offer, and you too could feel like you have a hotel, banquet hall, tavern and bar,all set on a waterfall, just for you and yours, and for one brief moment in time, make it the epicenter of your universe.
Member Since: 1/1/2013
Diamond Mills provided the perfect venue for the Hudson valley area! A rehearsal dinner BBQ on the terrace, luxury accommodations, and a perfect wedding reception! The food was amazing! Thank you Diamond Mills team for such a memorable wedding weekend
Member Since: 9/5/2013
my groom and i are writing this review to share our diamond mills wedding experience! Diamond Mills was our destination wedding from Thursday night through Monday morning. Every detail of our wedding from check in to check out was beautifully orchestrated and choreographed. The entire hotel staff, restaurant staff and event staff (particularly highlighting Laurie Hichinbothem) was par excellence; including a phone call to the city to turn back on the waterfall which was not running when we arrived the day before our ceremony!!! The bridal suite was elegant, spacious and divinely inspired with chocolate. The hotel lobby staff were very eager and always pleasant. The venue for a ceremony on the balcony and dinner upstairs in the tavern with a cocktail hour outside and dancing in a ballroom was a tall order of constantly changing rooms and scenes- not only was the staff accommodating of our most challenging vision for our day but made it all look effortless!! ---The food and particularly the hor d'oeuvres were perfect on the palate... everything was elegant, tasteful and well done!!!!! Although diamond mills cannot order the weather, we were blessed with one of the nicest weekends of the summer... Thanking all the staff at Diamond Mills, our photographer, Cynthia L. Starr, our DJ, Joey Garcia, our florist Dennis at Green Cottage Florals, and Lux Hair Salon for make-up and hair artistry. Thank you for making our wedding a sophisticated, warm and chilled event!!!!
Member Since: 8/2/2012
We selected Diamond Mills as our wedding ceremony and reception venue because of it's beautiful setting, delicious food and overall great value. In the end my groom and I were very happy with many things, especially with the:
-Event planner Laurie H., who is wonderful to work with
-Chef Giuseppe Napoli, who is excellent and accommodating to finicky eaters
-Pastry chef ___, who makes the BEST red velvet wedding cake EVER
-Catering coordinator Lucy, who did a gorgeous job
-Indoor ceremony site with fabulous acoustics
-Outdoor terrace overlooking the Esopus river and waterfalls, where we had cocktail hour, Hors d'oeuvres and pictures
We were not so happy with these couple of things:
-We were persona non grata at the Tavern, being repeatedly told that our originally contracted booking there would not be honored due to a Horses In The Sun (HITS) event. This was a disappointment because the size of our wedding (58 guests plus a handful of vendors) better fit in the Tavern mezzanine than in the ballroom, where we ultimately had the reception dinner and dancing.
-We were also really unhappy with the treatment we got from the hotel manager, when five or so months before our wedding weekend we attempted to hold rooms for our guests and reserve our own wedding night suite. First we were quoted increasingly higher and higher nightly rates, (starting at $179/night and ending at $400+/night), first for a two-night minimum stay, then a three-night minimum stay, then a four-night minimum stay. Finally she said nothing was available as all rooms were reserved for HITS guests.
Given our overall experience of Diamond Mills as a wedding venue, it is:
-Good, if as a non-HITS bride and groom you can both stand being treated as second class citizens to HITS-ers
-Great, if booked on a non-HITS weekend
-Perfect, if you are an engaged HITS couple looking for a made-to-order wedding venue
Member Since: 4/2/2012
My husband and I got married at Diamond Mills in October and our expectations were exceeded! The venue is gorgeous and our guests loved how everything was in one place: the ceremony on the balcony overlooking the falls, the cocktail hour and reception in the ballroom, after hours drinks at the Tavern and walking back to our rooms for the night. We are still hearing about the delicious food and amazing cake (we had carrot cake)! The weather, scenery and fall foliage made for beautiful photo ops as well. The best part about our wedding though, was how professional and helpful everyone at Diamond Mills was. They were on top of the details so we could relax and enjoy ourselves. They all made such a great effort to make our day so special and it was nice to feel that they were truly there for us and wanted our wedding to be as wonderful as we did!
Member Since: 1/11/2013
My husband and I love Christmas and we wanted to celebrate in the best way with friends and family. The Diamond Mills is a beautiful establishment. It is grand in every way. The bridal suites are gorgeous and I was more than comfortable getting ready in their grand suites. My husband and i have been in the restaurant business for years. We understand the importance of good food at an event. We have catered wedding for Ship to Shore restaurant in Kingston, NY, and we know what to look for and what to expect. The food was exceptioinal at the event. The Diamond Mills allowed us to do a tasting, my husband is a chef, and we had many options that were hard to choose because they were all fantastic. Our guests, all, raved about the quality of the food for such as large wedding (140 guests). The wait staff is also fantastic and accomodating. Friends and family complimente the professionalism and promptness of the wait staff. Our personal server, Kyle, was knowledgeable and did not leave a request unanswered. The Diamond Mills is a new establishment and with any new establishment there is much room to grow. We were pleased with our day. Our guests had a ball and everything ran very smoothly. I would have liked a little more attention placed towards to decorations. It was Christmas time and what we originally discussed with our wedding planners was not what we saw when we started the final process of preparing the space. That was a small disappointment on our journey. However, my mother is a wonderful decorator and I did have the most exceptional florist in all of the Hudson Valley, Dennis from Green Cottage, so the decor ended up being amazing! Again, the professionalism of the wait staff absolutely blew me away. If anything, Diamond Mills should be very proud of their hard working staff and culinary experts in the kitchen!
Luxury in the heart of the Hudson Valley
Let Diamond Mills create a once-in-a-lifetime experience complete with gourmet catering, luxury accommodations and breathtaking views. Our versatile Ballroom space can accommodate all of your wedding needs, however intimate or grand. Just 2 hours north of NYC and 45 minutes south of Albany.
- Price Range: $$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: Yes
- Tented Area: No
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: Yes
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: Yes
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: Yes
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: Yes
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: No
- Capacity: Up to 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Inn/B&B, Hotel/Resort, Restaurant
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