I had been to Villa Roma in the past as a participant in various conferences and group events, Frankly, I was not impressed. It didn’t stand out from the other venues in the Catskills - on the downhill side of the 1960s.
But they offered a good midweek package at an irresistible rate, so my wife and I rounded up two other couples and decided to book for a two-night midweek package at $100 day per person plus a $100 room credit.
Were we surprised on arrival. Villa Roma had undergone a massive makeover. Even our rooms in an older part of the building had been upgraded with such luxuries as a double sink and expansive bathroom.The public areas were elegantly furnished with plenty of nooks and alcoves for reading or small-group conversations. Although we didn't use the outdoor pool because of iffy June weather, the indoor pool was pleasant.
In fact, pleasant is the operative word for our stay. Everyone on the staff was pleasant and helpful - much as we would find on a cruise ship.
Our Modified American Plan included breakfast and dinner. Raves again for the food and service in the dining room. Not to be missed is the Caesar-theme Thursday night dinner, where the wait staff dress as Centurions and the food keeps flowing as in a Roman banquet - a classic seven course Italian meal.
While the evening entertainment was not headliner calibre (those days are long gone in the Catskills) it was professional, varied, enjoyable and free. If you want to be scalped for headliner shows, drive the three hours to Atlantic City and pay the price.
For those who want to gamble, the racino at Monticello is a short drive or bus ride away and OTB has an installation on premises.
Villa Roma has survived the decline of the Catskills because of its loyal base of clientele, time sharing on the property, and the investment made to improve it. We see families with young children, an encouraging sign. It is also one of two remaining large destination resorts - all the rest, Grossingers, Browns, Kutscher”s. Raleigh, Nevelle, Concord, Homowack have fallen by the wayside.
To us it was a worthwhile destination; we have already made a commitment among our group to come back “same time next year.”
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Roma Hotel Callicoon
- Hotel Roma
- Villa Roma Resort And Conference Center Catskill Region, New York - Callicoon