While spending time in SE Oregon (Steens Mountain area), we visited the unique Diamond Hotel in the ghost town of Diamond about 45 miles southeast of Burns. The Malheur Wildlife Refuge is at their doorstep and bird watching is very popular in this area. The Diamon Hotel was built in 1898 and has about 8 rooms or so. Some rooms upstairs share a bathroom. Two rooms that were built on in the 1950's have their own baths and are quite large (suites 1 & 2). The hotel serves an adequate breakfast and grill lunches. The dinners were excellent and served family style. The food is home spun, as in barbequed ribs one night and great stew the following evening. They have an adequate wine selection as well. The staff is very attentive and there is "all you can eat " servings.
Our room was quite large and very comfortable. There is no television or phones in the room. During the night we heard the coyotes outside in the distance, but otherwise it was very quite. During the summer, the sky gives off quite a show of the stars.
If you enjoy history and old, but well kept and run hotels, give this place a try and don't miss the beautiful Steens Mountain loop during the summer. The historic French Glen hotel is just a half hour or so away.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Diamond Oregon