Villa Roma fire forces temporary closure of the resort

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Owners of Villa Roma near Callicoon now have to pick up the pieces from a fire that severely damaged the lobby, offices and coffee shop area of their resort-hotel and killed off their Passover holiday season ...

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Tracy

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Apr 13, 2006
 
I love the Villa Roma. I grew up there as a little girl and have lots of good memories. Hopefully it will be up and running soon!
Daria

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Apr 13, 2006
 
I am 35 and have been a timeshare member since i was 10 years old with my family....although we sold the timeshare in 2001, we still went and stayed in the guest rooms. I am soo upset and saddened that the fire destroyed the dining rooms, marty's lounge, cesar's den, and the beautiful lobby. I know they will redo it and make it just as beautiful, but it won't be the same as i remember. :(
Linda

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Apr 13, 2006
 
My family and I have been going to VillaRoma since the early 1970's and have been timeshare holders since 1980. We are all so upset by this tragedy. We have so many memories and have always looked forward to our 'week' at the VillaRoma. Just goes to prove that nothing is forever. True, the lobby has been transformed several times before but with each transformation it always felt as though something familiar was missing. We were already looking forward to our July 06 vacation. We still love VR and hope it's up-to-speed as soon as possible.
Joe

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Apr 13, 2006
 
Hopefully, the red velvet wallpaper didn't make it.
Melissa

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Apr 13, 2006
 
I also have been going to VR my whole life. We have met many good friends there over the years and it was nice to meet them in the same familiar settings. I know that they will rebuild it to be the same or better than it was before
margaret wantagh

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Apr 13, 2006
 
Are you talking about the red carpet? That was in the the night club. It seems to be that that portion of the hotel was not damaged by the fire. It is a shame they just redid the main part of the building. Im also supposed to be going in June and in July. I will be happy if they can get the pool open for then. As far as meals there is always the restaurant by the golf course and of course Michaelangelos in town. All we need is the pool, friends and family to have fun. I will miss Caesars night though.
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Hopefully, the red velvet wallpaper didn't make it.
Jody

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Apr 13, 2006
 
Joe wrote:
Hopefully, the red velvet wallpaper didn't make it.
AMEN!!! LOL
Janene

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Apr 14, 2006
 
We have timesharing too in July. Do you really have plans to go? The smell of smoke is going to be overpowering for some time to come. Also they are going to be working feverishly to start rebuilding. I don't think that listening to hammers and drilling is my type of vacation. We'll resume our annual trip next year. Maybe, if were really lucky they will finally renovate the timeshare rooms in the main building that has been crying for help for some time.
Caren

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Apr 14, 2006
 
Your comment about the smell of the smoke, hammers and drill sounds may be true but did you take into consideration that the people in Callicoon depend on the tourist industry. If you (and so many others) deside not to go this year you will only be hurting the people that have made your stay each year enjoyable and memorable. My family is planning to continue our tradition this year of spending a week in August at the Villa Roma. Regardless of what condition the main building may be in, you can always depend on having a great time with family and friends you meet up with year after year. Just think of it as another memory to add to the years of memories that were made there. You'll be able to look back on it years from now and tell your kids or your grandkids about the summer you went up there while they were rebuilding. It would be a shame if people didnt go up this year. Their economy is counting on us!!!! And why should we let them down, afterall can you ever say the Villa Roma's staff or service ever let you down? JMO!
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We have timesharing too in July. Do you really have plans to go? The smell of smoke is going to be overpowering for some time to come. Also they are going to be working feverishly to start rebuilding. I don't think that listening to hammers and drilling is my type of vacation. We'll resume our annual trip next year. Maybe, if were really lucky they will finally renovate the timeshare rooms in the main building that has been crying for help for some time.
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Apr 15, 2006
 
We have just returned from our week ar the Villa Roma. We have been coming to Villa roma since the 1970's. We own timeshare. We were there this week during the terrible fire. The staff at the VR were more than accomodating. The games and fun continued in the clubhouse and outdoors. The kitchens were open in the clubhouse and the grill room was converted to Caesar's den. We decided to stay the week even though the fire took its toll on the physical building. The fire, however, could not undermine the wonderful attitude of the activities staff and waitstaff.
God bless these people for their professionalism and determination!
Caren

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Apr 15, 2006
 
Regina:
I am so glad to hear that your stay was not hampered by this terrible fire. Each year we look forward to spending our week there. It would be a shame if we were unable to do it this year. Luckily the timeshare building up the hill and the pool were not effected. And I am certain they will rebuild the main building as quickly as they can. My heart breaks for the employees and their families as well as the people in town at the thought that people will deside not to go up this year. They need us up there spending our money. I guess I am just overly sensitive to people being out of work. My husband had to close his buisiness a few years back and it caused a great deal of strain on my family. We are just starting to feel comfortable again.
Caren
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We have just returned from our week ar the Villa Roma. We have been coming to Villa roma since the 1970's. We own timeshare. We were there this week during the terrible fire. The staff at the VR were more than accomodating. The games and fun continued in the clubhouse and outdoors. The kitchens were open in the clubhouse and the grill room was converted to Caesar's den. We decided to stay the week even though the fire took its toll on the physical building. The fire, however, could not undermine the wonderful attitude of the activities staff and waitstaff.
God bless these people for their professionalism and determination!
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Apr 15, 2006
 
I guess my first question to you would be where is your room? Is it in the main house? Yes, the people depend on our tourism and my family has contributed to that tourism community for 30 years. Has the staff let us down? No. But we have 3 small children and sorry I am not willing to expose them to a smoke filled enviorment. We love it there and will continue to go for years to come but we also work very hard through the year and only get 1 vacation so we don't want to take a chance of being set up for poor conditions. While it may be ok for you until we are told the the conditions are safe and under control its not ok for us.
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Your comment about the smell of the smoke, hammers and drill sounds may be true but did you take into consideration that the people in Callicoon depend on the tourist industry. If you (and so many others) deside not to go this year you will only be hurting the people that have made your stay each year enjoyable and memorable. My family is planning to continue our tradition this year of spending a week in August at the Villa Roma. Regardless of what condition the main building may be in, you can always depend on having a great time with family and friends you meet up with year after year. Just think of it as another memory to add to the years of memories that were made there. You'll be able to look back on it years from now and tell your kids or your grandkids about the summer you went up there while they were rebuilding. It would be a shame if people didnt go up this year. Their economy is counting on us!!!! And why should we let them down, afterall can you ever say the Villa Roma's staff or service ever let you down? JMO!
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Apr 18, 2006
 
I hope you were not assuming that I was condeming you personally for not wanting to go this year. I also have small children and I guess if I was going to be staying in the main building I would have to take into consideration the condition of the building and If I wanted my children in that envoiroment. I am in the timeshare units up the hill so my living conditions for the week wont be effected by the fire. However, we will greatly miss the main building where we would meet up with old friends each night!!

There are still several months before our trip and anything can change. I do know however that in order to ease the strain on the community the rebuild should be done as quickly as possible.
Janene wrote:
I guess my first question to you would be where is your room? Is it in the main house? Yes, the people depend on our tourism and my family has contributed to that tourism community for 30 years. Has the staff let us down? No. But we have 3 small children and sorry I am not willing to expose them to a smoke filled enviorment. We love it there and will continue to go for years to come but we also work very hard through the year and only get 1 vacation so we don't want to take a chance of being set up for poor conditions. While it may be ok for you until we are told the the conditions are safe and under control its not ok for us. <quoted text>
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Apr 18, 2006
 
I am so glad they are going to rebuild. My cousins have enjoyed Villa Roma for many summers and always rave about the staff and the service. My relatives do not have access to a computer and wanted to know: Do they know the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage? I heard the fire started in the kitchen. Was it electrical or a mistake by the catering staff? I have heard mixed reviews of the Passover caterer.
margaret wantagh

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May 15, 2006
 
What week in July do you own? What building are you in. Have you deposited your week yet? I may have someone interested in renting if it is the 3rd week in July. I also own a week in June. I will let you know about how bad the smell is. I just had a friend who was just up there and he said that most of it was cleared out already. We will still be going both in June and July despite the fire im in building 20 and in building 4. Ill let you know how it was. Did anyone go up their recently that can tell us about your past experience.
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We have timesharing too in July. Do you really have plans to go? The smell of smoke is going to be overpowering for some time to come. Also they are going to be working feverishly to start rebuilding. I don't think that listening to hammers and drilling is my type of vacation. We'll resume our annual trip next year. Maybe, if were really lucky they will finally renovate the timeshare rooms in the main building that has been crying for help for some time.
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May 15, 2006
 
I have been going to the Villa Roma since I was born and I am now 21 years old. My grandparents bought timesharing at the Villa Roma Resort right when it was opened. Before there was timesharing there my family stayed at the hotel. Villa Roma will forever remain in our family and hopefully it will be rebuilt better than before.
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#17
May 24, 2006
 
I have the 2nd week in July and in the main building. Thats why we opted not to go this year. The main access was through the lobby. Anyway we already deposited it. Please let us know what its like when you go. We're very curious. We're told that the rooms in the main building still smell pretty bad.
nick bethpage

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Jun 7, 2006
 
i hope katrina is alright, will they be open this summer
margaret wantagh

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#19
Jun 13, 2006
 
from what i understand villa roma is up and running. everything is being run the same with the exception of the lobby and martys lounge. they even are renting out the hotel rooms that were not damadged
Katy Northrup

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#20
Jun 26, 2006
 
I attend a convention at the Villa Roma in October of 2005. I am the council for the organization and in March we had reservations put in to go back to the Villa Roma for the convention. Then we head about the fire and we were all heart broken. we were informed at our may meeting they that were rebuilding and everything would be done by october of 2007. I sure hope so because i love it there.

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