This was our first trip to the Catskills and we had a great time. We didn't realize that the Villa Roma was the last resort in that area, but we're glad it's there. The staff is very friendly and goes out of their way to make sure you are having a good experience. This goes for the restaurant and bar staff, housekeeping, activities people, everyone.
We exchanged our timeshare into one of the timeshare units and were very pleased with the accomodations. It was very clean and up to date. Note, the Villa Roma only offers a Sunday to Sunday exchange. Not sure why that is; it seems strange, but that's okay. This is the only timeshare we have ever stayed in that includes daily housekeeping. They will take out your trash, make the bed and replace towels daily; sheets are changed on Wednesdays. Complementary wi-fi is available in the unit and it is HOT, HOT, HOT! We've never had hotel wi-fi that was this fast and reliable. Just so you know, if you are in a timeshare unit in the main building, you won't get a balcony. We practically lived on ours since the weather was so nice the week we were there. The downside of the perimeter timeshare buildings is no elevater, but it's only two stories. So if mobility is an issue, your best bet would be the main building. The couch was difficult to get out of, probably because it served as a sleeper sofa for another potential couple, but since we were by ourselves and two comfortable arm chairs were also in the living room, we could use those while watching TV and reading. The kitchen was well-equipped and included everything we needed for the week. The shower in the bathroom was difficult to navigate due to the protruding housing around one of the jets taking up a lot of real estate at mid-calf level in the center of the tub, but that was okay too.
We made good use of the outdoor pool and the list of activities to choose from seemed endless. The one show that we saw, "The Unexpected Boys" was a lot of fun. The activity center has a ton of things to do: bowling, golf, tennis, racquetball, etc. If you get bored here, you're trying too hard. There is a shuttle that will take you all around the property from your unit.
The food was good, but the wine list in the Roman Garden Cafe could use some work. The main dining room wine list had enough to choose from, but the dining room is only open until 8 or 8:30. The Roman Garden Cafe is very nice and open late, but not very well lit in the evening. It is a shame that the two restaurants can't share the same wine list because the flexibility that the Cafe offers, as far as timing, is a definite advantage over the main dining room. We did purchase a meal plan good for 3 dinners in the main dining room, which was a good bargain and we enjoyed all of those meals. This is a good plan, but you need to know in advance when you are going to use it, since reservations are required in the main dining room.
Bottom line, we will be back and we would definitely recommend it to others. It's very close to the site of the Woodstock concert and the Montecello raceway and casino. There are a lot of things to do in the area, including antique shops as well. The resort is easy to get to, signage is everywhere.
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Roma Hotel Callicoon
- Hotel Roma
- Villa Roma Resort And Conference Center Catskill Region, New York - Callicoon