Skytop in Rome closes its doors

A famous Rome hotel has closed its doors Monday citing the bad economy for its demise. The Ramada Skytop Center, formerly known as the Holiday Inn Skytop was one of the only full service hotels in Rome. Hotel officials said the poor economy since fall 2008 and summer losses have made it impossible for the hotel to keep operating. The 151-room hotel also offered three 400-person meeting rooms, a weekend lounge and other amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools. Hotel controller Pat Whitfield said the closure would put approximately 40 people out of work but said a skeleton staff of four or five employees with some security workers would continue to work there for now. As for hotel reservations and banquets scheduled for future dates, Husser said he could not comment about how those matters will be handled. Employees were notified of the closing Monday.