*we received a free stay in order to write a review
Did you go to sleepaway camp as a child? Out in the mountains, activities every hour, bonfires? We both did and this brought us back!!
Villa Roma Resort is an all-inclusive family resort located in the Catskills in NY where people have been coming for decades. When I first saw their website, my concern was that it was very white and heterosexual (don’t worry, they’re changing that!). But when we arrived, that certainly did not depict the guests – all colors, religions and sexual orientations were in attendance!
As an LGTBQ+ individual (and family), we are definitely cognizant of where we travel. We felt completely welcome and accepted. We also weren’t the only ones!!
To get there, you have to go up in the mountains through a ton of windy roads where the cell service is sparse (cue the horror!) but the setting is beautiful. When you arrive, you witness a gorgeous water fountain welcoming you to the grounds. Lodging surrounds the three different pools (one specifically for kids that had a slide and bucket that dumped water), one that is super warm and one that has another slide and mushroom waterfalls (plus, there’s a large hot tub) as well as the playground, zip-line, bumper boats and bocce court. Off to the side there was a bowling alley, a space with indoor bounce houses, tennis courts and then higher up, go-karts and horseback riding. Inside, they offer an indoor pool, game room, arcade, nightclub and spa / salon services. Not to mention there are activities to do every hour!
I felt super safe from a covid perspective. All staff wore masks, they asked you to wear a mask if you weren’t vaccinated and they had installed hand sanitizers all over the building.
The rooms were nothing fancy, but I wasn’t expecting that from a mountain campy perspective (way better than staying in a cabin, in my opinion!). We had a two bedroom suite and had a ton of space – a mini kitchen with a full fridge, oven, stove, microwave and dishwasher. The bathroom was bigger than my old studio NYC apartment lol. It had a giant bathtub plus a separate shower. I found the bed to be comfortable but my parent’s room wasn’t (perhaps their mattress was older). The hallway going to our room was not air conditioned, so it was hot there but the point wasn’t to stay inside!
We stayed for 2 nights, so we only had one full day but took advantage of the other half days with swimming and games! But our full day included swimming, duck races, bumper boats, turtle racing, arcade, bounce house and the bonfire! so yes, we packed it all in!!!
so what were something things I LOVED vs. what I would want improved?
- the food was delicious (minus the coffee)! we ate in the main dining room for breakfast and dinner
- the service was INCREDIBLE. Maza was our waiter (Alfonso helped him) and he was the kindest and loveliest person. They HUSTLED. the food came out so fast, which was really helpful for the kiddos!
- SO many activities for kids – Parker was busy non-stop!
- we had a ton of space in our two bedroom suite.
- the bellhop was amazing! shout out to John who helped us unload and load our car and give me the history of the resort.
- the location. my kids are early risers, so we would go on walks in the morning and it was blissful. it was so quiet and peaceful.
Things to improve:
- coffee – as someone who needs it in the mornings, I couldn’t drink the complimentary coffee. they did have a coffee / ice cream parlor in the main lobby that had limited hours – it was better but still not what I’m used to (but yes, if you know me, I do have high maintenance coffee standards lol)
- arcade – some of the games were out of order. The resort is working to get these fixed ASAP!
- there weren’t vegetarian options on the menu each time but I’m sure they will always accommodate vegan + vegetarian options.
- not sure if there is anything to do but the cell service / wifi was spotty at points on the grounds.
All in all, we had an amazing stay – Parker had the BEST TIME and that really was the whole point. I would definitely recommend for families — if you don’t have kids, there is still a ton of stuff for you to do, but I think it’s def geared more towards those with kiddos!!
if you visit, please let me know HERE on this post!