Villa Roma fire forces temporary clos...

Villa Roma fire forces temporary closure of the resort

There are 53 comments on the Mid-Hudson News story from Apr 13, 2006, titled Villa Roma fire forces temporary closure of the resort. In it, Mid-Hudson News reports that:

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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United States

#21 Jun 29, 2006
Joe wrote:
Hopefully, the red velvet wallpaper didn't make it.
The last words Oscar Wilde said on his death bed were "either that wallpaper goes or I do".
margaret wantagh

East Rockaway, NY

#22 Jul 12, 2006
Hi everyone i was just in villa roma the last week in june and will be going back the last week in july. As for time share it wasnt that bad. the meal plan was being served up at the club house and ran business as usual. It did rain the first 3 days very bad . but all the activities were held indoors in the trivoli lounge. Camp was still on for the kids and the indoor pool was open. We had flooding while there and the outdoor lower pools got flooded but we were still able to use the upper pool and by wed they had the mushroom pool up and running. I found in no different other that the loss of the lobby which is nice to hang in but we just hung in the trivoli lounge and back at our rooms with people we met at the vr for happy hour. Had a great time and glad i went inspite of all the misfortune the vr has experienced. Cant wait to go back in a couple of weeks
Mike Z

Plattsburgh, NY

#23 Aug 12, 2006
The smoke is long gone as well as the smell. I just spent w weekend there in July. I promise there are more polutants in your average city park air then there is anywhere in the Villa.
John and Grace Giugno

United States

#24 Sep 2, 2006
Started at V R in June, 1983 and every year thereafter. Villa Roma is a Resort which expanded year after year and we look forward to it"s rebounding.
Sarah F

New York, NY

#25 Sep 4, 2006
I went there when i was 9 years old and had the time of my life with my family.
Now I am older, and me and my cousins parents aunts uncles grandparents and sister look back holding memories and hope we can come back and relive memories we had as a family.
margaret wantagh

New York, NY

#26 Sep 22, 2006
has anyone been up to the villa in september. I was wondering if they started construction

Leesburg, VA

#27 Oct 23, 2006
I just found this posting, but we own two 2 bedroom units in week 28 (July 3rd week) and may be intrested in renting one of the 2 units this coming 2007 season. If this is still something of intrest e-mail me at - And for the record we were there right after the fire and Marty did right thing to remove the structure entirely. It would have much too sad to see the burnt out carcas. I even found a small stone from the building front wall in te resulting field that my daughter has on her bedroom shelf
margaret wantagh wrote:
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.<quoted text>

Brooklyn, NY

#28 Oct 25, 2006
I just built a house up the road from the villa and they just broke ground.(Oct) The new hotel should be bigger and better than ever. Sad part for the winter, NO SKI RESORT FOR THE SEASON. They are shipping everyone to his son's place, Holiday Mountain for winter sports. Big bummer!!!!!!!!!!

Carpentersville, IL

#29 Nov 5, 2006
I think a lot of folks are forgiving of the condition of the Villa Roma because of memories they've had of the place growing up. We just returned from a week there (having never been there before), and I would consider the timeshare unit we stayed in to be run down, dated, and in desperate need of remodeling. The toilet in the 2nd floor unit above us was leaking through the ceiling into our unit. The grout in the ceramic tile was quite dirty. Mold and mildew are obviously a problem in the bathrooms, as the tile has been bleached white in a few places from repeated cleanings. The bathrooms have suspended ceilings with rusted tracks. The decor is extremely dated, with mirrors everywhere, purple carpeting and cabinets, etc. The dishwasher soap dispenser didn't stay closed. The couch and chairs in the living room were so worn in the middle that you would sink into them. The room had a VCR, but no DVD player. Since the fire, there is no wireless Internet, and with the digital phone system, you can't even do dial-up. That made it a bit tougher to get the information we needed to plan our days. The staff wasn't particularly friendly, just so-so. Overall, I was not impressed. Had the fire consumed more, they may have had a great opportunity to remodel.
Paul Commack New York

Bronx, NY

#30 Nov 24, 2006
We just got back from Villa Roma during our vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday. We had never been to Villa Roma prior but heard great things about it. We stayed in the timeshare units which were very nice. It was very evident during our time there that this fire has really crippled this once very popular ressort in the Catskill Mountains. The place was virtually abandoned. There was very little activities for the children outside the Game Room, pool and Bowling Alley. We had booked this vacation in November 2005, heard about the fire in April and were told that everything would be normal by our November vacation with exception of the main dinning room. We decided to gamble and went anyway but were disappointed. Given the circumstances of the fire it is understandable that the resort would not have been running optimally but we would have appreciated a little more effort by the management to organize more activities.
I am not sure if we will ever return.

Bronx, NY

#31 Dec 3, 2006
I have been going to Villa Roma ever since I was 1 years old..I love the place and i very much enjoy going there every year. Although, i do hope they start construction soon because i have time share for week 25 in june to go there...


Bronx, NY

#32 Jan 23, 2007
Janene wrote:
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.
Tony D - Pelham NY

Falls Church, VA

#33 Feb 20, 2007
I ususlly go yearly but this year I will rent my week (Week #28)as I'm going out of town I'm open for anyone who wants to rent for this timeframe. To reach me email me at

Jersey City, NJ

#34 Feb 22, 2007
suzanne Lindenhurst NY

Middle Island, NY

#35 Feb 24, 2007
Hi We just visited the Villa Roma for the first time, we were in bldg 17, and the timeshare was great! The rooms were spotless, decorated nicely and we had a great time. They had activities everyday for the kids and adults. We want to return this summer, thinking of buying a timeshare? Anyone selling or renting week 32? Please email me at


#36 Jun 13, 2007
Anyone interested in buying o one bedroom for week # 32 a good me


#37 Jun 13, 2007
Have a one bedroom for week # 32 ....asking 10M great week and price let me know.thanks
debbie bronx ny

Bronx, NY

#38 Jun 29, 2007
hi thre villa roma fans. i too have been going to villa roma for a very long time. my entire family has time sharing there. has anyone been there more recently? i heard that they closed the front pool, its filled up and it seems that they are breaking ground for another one nearby. dont you think that will all the insurance money received marty should have concentrated on the actual fire site rather than outside pools so that the summer vacationers could enjoy the complete and beautiful completed lobby as promised?
Felicia Ruberto


#39 Jul 20, 2007
rere wrote:
Have a one bedroom for week # 32 ....asking 10M great week and price let me know.thanks
hi would you be interested in renting if for this year thanks


#40 Aug 13, 2007
week 31 entertaiment was the worst. hope they improve with new const next year please

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