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Old Key West?

Has anyone stayed at Old Key West? Tell me about it!

What do you like most? It seems very remote to me, do you feel removed from everything there? Are the villas centrally located to the main areas or is it really spread out like Saratoga Springs?

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I found it to be spread out but very quiet and we were lucky enough to be midway between the main pool and Olivia's and one of the quiet pools so as far as we were concerned we were near enough to everything.

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I have not, but my best friend stays there frequently. It is so much cheaper (points) than most other villas. I actually enjoy the quiet, beach resort feel myself. Plus, the villas are bigger than any other villas...more square footage. We may stay here on our next trip since I want to take my family and we will be paying for it all.

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I have not, but my best friend stays there frequently. It is so much cheaper (points) than most other villas. I actually enjoy the quiet, beach resort feel myself. Plus, the villas are bigger than any other villas...more square footage. We may stay here on our next trip since I want to take my family and we will be paying for it all.

We are staying at OKW for our November trip. This will be our first stay at this resort. I read lots of reviews on trip advisor etc. the main criticisms were: quiet - not a problem! spaced out, you can be a trek from main building - we are staying in November (climate okay for walking) and we like to walk, so again no problem for us. No food hall - we have one bed villa so happy to make some meals, use resort counter service kiosk and boat to DTD. Our favourite resort where we feel most at home is Port Orleans, so this is a new experience for us. We decided we would like to try a villa but we like the boat to DTD which is why we chose OKW.

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We stayed there last October. It's a lovely, quiet resort. It is spread out, and many of the villas are not all that close to the main pool/restaurant/grocery and gift shop/guest services building, but that didn't bother us. And you don't have to walk to the guest services building, you can hop a bus and get off at guest services. It also has the advantage of being fairly close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. I would happily stay there again.

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Miss Mikki wrote:
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I have not, but my best friend stays there frequently. It is so much cheaper (points) than most other villas. I actually enjoy the quiet, beach resort feel myself. Plus, the villas are bigger than any other villas...more square footage. We may stay here on our next trip since I want to take my family and we will be paying for it all.

We are staying at OKW for our November trip. This will be our first stay at this resort. I read lots of reviews on trip advisor etc. the main criticisms were: quiet - not a problem! spaced out, you can be a trek from main building - we are staying in November (climate okay for walking) and we like to walk, so again no problem for us. No food hall - we have one bed villa so happy to make some meals, use resort counter service kiosk and boat to DTD. Our favourite resort where we feel most at home is Port Orleans, so this is a new experience for us. We decided we would like to try a villa but we like the boat to DTD which is why we chose OKW.

Being spread out really isn't that big of a deal. I know most people complain, but majority of the Disney value and moderate resorts are spread out. Heck, even GF is spread out unless you stay in the main building. I think you'll really enjoy it!

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I am staying in OKW this summer for 3 nights as part of a split stay. I am planning to spend my days there in a laid back fashion - kind of looking forward to quiet.

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Not our favorite. We will most likely stay at OKW again because it is easy on the points, but it just doesn't fit our personality. We stay in studios, and there is no storage at OKW compared to SSR. It's ok. We liked SSR much better though.

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We have stayed there, oh, about 4 or 5 times. We do not mind the location and the layout.

The main issue that we had when we last stayed there about 3 years ago was that some of the buildings do not have elevators! If you have to haul your own luggage, you get one of these buildings, and you are staying in one of the upper floors, look out!

Also note that some of the buildings, especially those near the Turtle Pond, are quite close to the street. You do hear the traffic noise.

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I actually posted this exact question on another forums site about 2 years ago after reading some questionable reviews on Trip Advisor. A lot of them mentioned that the rooms were kind of old and outdated but that they were in the process of being updated. We got a two room villa and stayed with my in-laws. It was perfect! The kitchen was huge and we had food delivered so we had breakfast every day and snacks that we stored in a huge fridge. It's true that the points were less than other vacation club rentals (it was our first trip using our points). The master suite was huge and beautiful, I still talk to my husband about the bathroom there! The cast members were wonderful, every single one. The only slight pain is that the resort is huge and at the end of a day at the Food and Wine Festival (after enjoying maybe a few of the delightful adult beverages) it was a really long walk back to our room. But pretty funny too. I give it a 10 out of 10! And I highly recommend the UnBirthday Party and Trivia by the pool Smile

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Hi! MissusT and welcome to our little corner of Disney. Glad you found and joined us. I share your view of OKW and think it's a great resort for the points needed.

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone has stayed at Old Key West recently?

It is available for 2016 on a good deal for our dates, it looks lovely in the photos, but the reviews I've read are really mixed (some are pretty bad) so I'm not sure about committing to a 14 night stay. What are your thoughts?

We have never stayed onsite before so our first experience of a Disney hotel will be the Wilderness Lodge later this year and I am wondering how the 2 resorts compare.

Any help/advice would be gratefully received, thank you.

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Bumping this one up!

We booked here for July (low points and I don't want to borrow yet...)

When my online check in opens, anyone have any tips on what to request. I've never been to the resort so I really don't know the layout. We will have our own vehicle so I don't factor bus stop locations...

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I am waiting for the formal quote to rent points to stay here Christmas week with my parents eek

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JoAnn C wrote:
I am waiting for the formal quote to rent points to stay here Christmas week with my parents eek

I got a studio for Christmas week!! clapping Santa stars

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I missed this one! We stayed at OKW in May 2014 and loved it! Park time is still really important to us, so we still prefer the novelty of being within walking distance of the parks, but I would always be happy with a stay at OKW.

It's got a great waterslide and of course the boat to DS is a huge benefit while the construction continues and the roads are still a little bit messy in that area. We really enjoy Olivia's and it's nice to have an site table service that's off the beaten path so that you can still often get a walk-up reservation. The rooms that we stayed in was HUGE. It was a 2BR, but it was bigger than our first apartment! The management here is fantastic and you can tell that every Cast Member on this property takes a lot of pride in being the first DVC resort. We had a lovely view of the golf course and I think that most rooms have some sort of nice view because of the way that the property is designed. Check the trip report from May 2014 in my signature for photos.

Do be aware for anyone booking that there are no elevators. If someone in your party has mobility issue, but does not necessarily need an "accessible" room, you might want to request one anyway so that they don't have to walk up and down the stairs!

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