Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center
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Today was the toughest day so far. Our target was to hit 50 miles which we just about got to. We climbed up through the mountains of Pensilvania, amounting to just short of 2000 feet of climbing. I never realise that many hills existed on earth, they ...
Day 1 started pretty slowly as it was Sunday and the part of town we were staying in doesn't open up until around 11. By the time we arrived at the ferry to cross to New Jersey we'd missed the lunchtime departure. So we chilled out in a nearby cafe for a couple hours and again ordered way too much food! The ferry crossing was really fun and you got a view of the Statue of Liberty along with the skyline of the city. We stood on top as ...
... the vomiting bug, campers and staff are throwing up for no reason and feeling ill, just sick everywhere. the 8th was another 4k race, but i threw up at the start line just before the start of the race. a camper was sick at 4:00am last night all over the floor in our bunk, and people where sick on the floor in the dining hall. oh well, even this shall pass.
so i will leave it at that, next session starts in about a week, and i think there is less kids. see what ...
That's right... three nights in a row without internet!
The first, at Monticello, their internet had gone down. The next, it was so slow I couldn't even access e-mails. Last night I was on the road.
But I assure you I have some great things to tell you all about my visit to Walkill, particularly Patterson and, finally, Brooklyn.
I should get these ready tonight... thanks for your patience.
i think i have got into the swing of things now. There has been meeting after meeting that consists of the directors telling us lots of important info - i think anyway, because it was hard to hear because some of the theaters are just too big.
The food is great - every meal is all you can eat with a large salad bar, a hot food area that changes everyday, and a burger bar that also provides hotdogs and in the morning it has pancakes. last night i had spare ribs, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center Callicoon
A Mixed Bag
I went to Villa Roma with my two daughters for an Easter weekend getaway. For the most part, the value was good: I was charged just 1.5 as a "single", my older daughter paid the children's rate, and my younger one was free as this was a special.
The hotel is in good shape and clean. The lobby is bright and spacious,with comfortable couches and chairs for reading, chatting, or people watching.
The corridors leading to the rooms are austere and lack eye appeal, however (brown rug, tan walls). We found our room to be comfortable and the mattresses quite conducive to sleep. Water pressure and temp in the shower was terrific and it was convenient to have an outer sink.
The food was tasty and there was always some choices for everyone. The salads, prepared with fresh greens and homemade dressings, along with the pastas were the best bets. You eat family style at the Villa Roma and share a table with other families. This worked well for us as all were congenial.
We all took advtantage of the large indoor pool. Kudos to the Villa Roma for employing certified lifeguards!
My one problem with this resort is that I was lead to believe there would be many, varied activities for kids that weekend. In fact, there was an extra charge for several and those that were included were of quick duration and not always well organized. For example, the egg hunt was chaos as was the cooking decorating activity. In addition, the hotel frequently seemed to be "pushing" purchases of beanie babies, perfumes, photos, etc. as evidenced by the announcements at meals.
We rather enjoyed our weekend at Villa Roma, but because of the distance and lack of substantive kids' activities would probably not return again in the near future.
Made us sick
I found The Villa Roma to be so dirty and run down. Every place we went in the resort grossed us out. The rooms were dirty, the utensils were dirty. Carpets old and dirty. My daughter threw up one night and when I told the maid to clean the room thoughly, she was in and out in 15 minutes. We were leaving which meant someone else was going to be in that room that was not properly cleaned after someone was ill in it all night. THE FOOD WAS HORRIBLE. The service in the dining room was bad, no blame on the waiters, I think they were short staffed. The best part was the kid's activities. We only stayed one night but the kids had a ball with the easter activities. The credit must go to the activities director, Heather who worked so hard to give these kids a fun time. She is way to good for that place.
A traveller's warning
A traveller's warning
Have you ever seen a disclaimer of liability for loss, damage or theft of guest property at an accommodation? Everyone has. It is likely that you've taken reasonable precautions and never had to be concerned. That was the case with my wife and I until a recent stay at the Villa Roma Resort timeshares located near Callicoon in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.
This resort's timeshare units include daily housekeeping services. On our second day we asked that these services not be provided during our stay. A reasonable precaution? It didn't work. The following day it became apparent that there had been an unauthorized housekeeping visit during our absence and that a cardboard container of travelling materials had been removed from the kitchen area. Gone, about $250.00.
The electronic lock system had recorded entry by us and the housekeeping staff only. Even though other valuable items in the unit had remained untouched, resort management refused all responsibility for a probable employee error.
Caveat: The Villa Roma Resort timeshare has a published disclaimer. They mean it!
Wouldn't go again
I wouldn't recommend this resort....I personally didn't like it....the only good thing about this place was the maids came everyday to change the linens. other then that..lots to do if you are 80 years old..it is more geared to the seniors...nothing for miles and miles...they want you to reserve your dinners and breakfast on day of arrival..not sure how one can think about that as soon as they check in...and if you change your mind, well you will still be tagged for not showing up., or if you change your mind to go to breakfast/dinner...good luck they won't let you dine ..becasue they are full...?????? the brunches have to be reserved..that is becasue they don't want to run it all morning and let people come and go all morning like most places..they have set times and that is it...our unit was dirty with other peoples hair all on the floor in the bathroom, couch was dirty and reaked of smoke.. you couldn't sit on the balcony becasue of the massive spider webs and dirt. says full kitchen..NOT the oven didn't work properly, had to ask for more dishwashing soap, they only supplied for two day....tried to have an afternoon nap and awoke to someone opening the door yelling that is was "maintance"..while i was in my underware, and no one seemed to understand why they would want to come into our unit????? not a great experience
Labor day Weekend at the Villa Roma
Spent the 2004 Laborday Weekend at the Villa Roma. I was there exactly 5 years ago and they have since upgraded in a few areas. My wife and 5 yr old reserved a deluxe room in the main hotel. If you reserve a 1 bedroom suite, yo uwill have a longer walk from the lobby. Our room was comfortable and has been renovated from the last time we were here. The bathrooms are definately better. The kiddie pool with the water slide is new and the water was heated so that was great considering the mild summer we have had in NY.
The Golf Course was great, no problems with getting a tee time for the early morning and the $50 green fee, with a cart, was a bargin compared to the quality of the course vs. what you get on L.I..
Must recommend going to Paintball, $30 for the gun, 200 rounds of ammo, mask and a camaflouge jumpsuit. You're out there for 2 1/2 hrs. It was my first time and enjoyed it very much.
The food was the best! Ate so much I thought I was going to explode! Our servers, "Michelle and Sean", were very good and patient. My only complaint is that since I missed breakfast for one morning because I went golfing, I was not allowed to use the meal voucher at the poolside grill. To save money, I would recommend bringing drinks to the pool area. They allow coolers so you can pack sodas and/or beers, this way you can avoid paying $2.50 for a 12 oz draft beer. Other than that I had a very nice time and would recommend this place for families looking for a quick get away.
Love the Villa Roma!
I've been going to Villa Roma since 1983. My grandparents had timesharing, then my parents took that over, and then my sister and i ended up owning it! The staff is great...everyone of them, from the dining room to the night club, to the front desk, to houskeeping! They only had one pool when we first went there back in the day, and now they have like three or four pools!! i can't believe how big it's gotten! and when we first went there..our timeshare was in the main building and the other ones up the hill was ALL grass! there weren't so many condo's as there are now, so you know the place is great! The summer band there, Synergy, who played there was awesome! My best friend met one of the guys in that band there, but he's not there anymore, but they're married now for 3 years! The Food is excellent!
Marty's lounge is fun too - that's one place where no kids are allowed!
We all can't wait to go up New Years weekend this year! The ONLY thing i can say about this is they need to have a "curfew" in the lobbies with the kids..there are soo many kids and they run all over the place and push and when i was 12 or in my teens back then, Villa Roma had good security and no teens or kids were allowed in the lobby or anywhere after i believe 10pm or 11pm....(i remember cuz we used to hear the security people say "it's curfew time!" ha ha) That's my only hangup...you want to relax in the lobby and talk and you have screaming, loud kids running all over the place at night while their parents are at the nightclub. I'm sorry that my sister and i sold our timeshare..we just couldn't afford it anymore with the maintenance fees..i really miss it, but we will go in the summer and stay in one of the motel rooms becuase they are very clean! Enjoy!
Mixed review of Villa Roma
My family spent 4 nights at Villa Roma over President's Weekend.
Initial impression on arrival was not great: teenage staff, shabby musty room, fellow guests straight out of a Sopranos episode. But I must say it grew on me. My two kids, ages 4 and 8, had a blast. They went skiing, snow tubing, mini-snowmobiling, bowled and swimming; played bocce and shuffleboard; attended shows, arts & crafts and the kids club. No problems with any of the activities that other reviewers have mentioned. The dining room is cruise-ship style: assigned seats at group tables you share with strangers. Luckily our strangers quickly became friends, and so did our kids, which really made the weekend for us. Negotiate with the maitre d for a good table. We were parked right in the main aisle and a waitress actually asked me to move my head so she could pass with a tray. The waitstaff is inexperienced and sometimes the food was slow in coming, but it was generally pretty good for an all-inclusive, with a variety of choices both Italian and continental, and kids selections as well. Alcohol is not included. We learned from our tablemates that some rooms have been renovated and you can get one if you reject the first room they offer and insist. There are also timeshare units, mostly outside the main building. Bring your own soft drinks etc and ask for a mini-fridge. The skiing is good for advanced beginners (no real first-timers bunny slope) up to intermediate. Pretty convenient and no lift lines, but only two lifts and four runs. If you plan to be up at the ski chalet for lunch, ask the maitre d for a lunch voucher before leaving the hotel, or you'll have to pay. The instructors are mostly high school kids; if you go midweek ask for Janet. Looked like it would be fun in summer, too.
Don't go with high expectations, just to relax and have fun with your kids.
just returned from a 4 day trip whcih included new years eve. the mresort mism very big and clean. the food is less than gourment but not bad at all.\night time was difficult especially nye. the children were not allowed in them night club until 11:50 . they had different parties for different age groups. they were not supervised or organized. the teen party had cd's playing on a horrible sound sysytem. no one checked to keep younger kids out. our party had small kids that went to a pj party that nite. no one checked to see who was signing the kids out they were just releasing them.At 11;50 the entrance was jammed in the nite club with kids looking to find parents and visa versa. it was a dangerous scary scene.New Year day evening there was a show and kids could come if you wanted OR there was a bowling tournament for them. our kids went bowling. it was unorganized there were 50 kids signed up and at first only three lanes opened. they eventually opened more . we paid for shoes and for them to bowl but there were no shoes for them to rent so they bowled in sneakers. kids that can to the nite club had no seats and were sitting on parents laps.
When we all arrived that was 31 of us there was no one at the bus to direct any and all as to what they wanted to do. The reps went inside to the desk and then we went in also to see what was up, the reps handed us our key cards and off we went. Villa Roma said the meals were of gourmet (NOT), alot of the food was spicey. Truly, the only place I found great was "Marty's" lounge. At no point did I (and only my opion) find the food gourmet. This is not a place I would come back to even if they paid for it. There is nothing around and if there was you would need a car. The best part was leaving to go home. My wife and I figured it out that for the amount of money we paid we could have gone to Cesar's Place and had real good fun. No more, bad mouthing. Go somewhere else. Check this place out, dont be afraid to ask questions. See the rooms first. There are major differences. They have an indoor pool we did not use it, that is our only fault that we didnt. Bye Bye, So Long, The End.
Best in n.y.
was there labor day week of 2003 and been there for 3daysers 1st class ,rooms,pools,food,better then all of above are the staff,did not have any negitive experiances,we are going back in 2003in aug(if all goes well).