on October 21, 2006
The Via Roma is an RCI Silver Star property. In some ways I’m a little surprised that the resort was not nicer, given that designation. That may only reflect the fact that I’ve never been in anything less than a Gold Crown property, until now. I’ve noticed though that the Gold Crown properties vary noticeably. Predictably, what you think of the Via Roma will depend on what you expect.The buildings are clearly a little old, but fairly well maintained. Some of the finishes and furniture are newer and they seem to be working to update more. The newsletter (late 2006) indicates that tile will be replaced soon.Two of the three buildings are right on the beach (the third one is across the street). The beach is a good swimming / sunning beach with white, powdery sand. Snorkelers will likely be bored, although there are a few rocks many yards out at a depth of probably 10 to 12 feet that harbor crabs and other items.The pool area includes a pair of Weber Genesis Silver grills that appear to be new. The pool is just behind the first dune at the beach and is surrounded on the other three sides by the three resort buildings. Unfortunately, the road is between the pool and the east building.The resort is a quick drive from a grocery (Publix), a pharmacy (Walgreens) and a couple of good restaurants. Try walking down the beach to The Beach House (restaurant) or Joe’s Eats and Treats (www.joeseatsandsweets.com).Our space had two TVs, with a VCR on one and a DVD player on the other. We didn’t use it, but WiFi is available.Laundry is a few machines in a laundry room in a separate building. What is really disappointing is that the machines are coin operated. We were also disappointed that recycling facilities were not available at the resort.The Via Roma is not grand, but it’s a nice property in a good location.
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