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anpears
07-02-2007, 09:28 AM
I was thinking about staying at Old Key West in July for the first time and would like some feedback from anyone that has stayed there. Is the overall hotel nice? Are the lines for the buses long? Do they have a food cafeteria like the other resorts? Any feedback would be great!
Thanks!

Chuck S
07-02-2007, 10:11 AM
OKw does not have a food court, it has a full service restaurant and a small snack bar. The rooms are the largest of any on-site resort. There are no "lines" for the busses, there are five bus stops throughout the resort. There can be bus lines when waiting to return from the parks, but you'll get that at any resort.

There is no "in-room" dining service available, nor valet parking. Other than that it is a full service Disney resort.

If you are staying on DVC points, it will follow the DVC housekeeping schedule, if you are staying on cash through Disney/CRO, you will receive daily housekeeping.

dianeschlicht
07-02-2007, 10:59 AM
I don't even think of OKW as a hotel. It is a full service resort, and that is several steps up from a hotel in my book. We stay there at least a couple of times a year...mostly in 1 and 2 bedroom villas...and we love it! We purchased additional points after just one trip there, and have owned at OKW for 10 years now.

OKW is like a spread out neighborhood of vacation townhomes. Each building is 2-3 stories and will include 1 bedroom/studio lock offs, 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom villas that are walk ups or walk ins from the parking are right outside your door. This gives a nice secluded vacation home feel IMO. The villas are the largest in the DVC system, and have huge master baths and very large great rooms and fully appointed kitchens (with full size appliances)and a large covered balcony that includes a dining table, 4 chairs and a ceiling fan. There is also a full size laundry room in the hall with full size washer and dryer (not stackables). The balcony is accessed from both the living room and the master bedroom. The studios are lock offs from the second bedroom in some units, and will have 2 queen beds, a large closet, a huge full bath and a kitchenette/sink area that will include a microwave, fridge, coffe maker and toaster as well as some plastic and paper table ware. There is a small table with two chairs and a large balcony for the studio rooms as well.

There are 3 neighborhood pools on site, and a larger main pool that has a new sand castle slide. Each pool area includes a childs play area and a laundry for those who are staying in the studios (full size villas have their laundry room in the villa).

Bus service is excellent to all the parks, and there are 5 bus stops located throughout the resort.

Darkside
07-02-2007, 11:46 AM
OKW was the first DVC that we stayed at. We liked the size of the rooms, the easy bus transportation, it is much better than any value or moderate resort, and the resort was not crowded. Things we were not wild about: (1) You can tell it is the oldest DVC,(2) The property is a little spread out, so if you need to get to the restaurant and such it could be a hike.

spiceycat
07-02-2007, 11:52 AM
hey still love it!

it feels more like a community than a WDW resort.

the only complaints are generally about the studio. some people don't like 2 queen beds they preferred the queen bed and sleeper sofa in the other DVC resorts.

others don't like what I like. It feels a million miles away - not just a couple of miles from the theme parks. So I can relax here. Some people like to be in the middle of the action.

bradpga
07-02-2007, 08:41 PM
We stayed at OKW for the first time in June. We loved it. My family has stayed at all the DVC resorts and think ALL of them offer something special. OKW truely is a beutiful, relaxing resort. It reminded us of a couples resort in Jamaica. Very lush and tropical. Loved Olivias dining and the kids loved the slide.

Darkside
07-02-2007, 10:17 PM
Oh yes,
I forgot to mention OKW has the best slide we have tried yet (VERY FAST) at the DVC resorts.

vandy
07-03-2007, 05:29 AM
OKW was the first DVC that we stayed at. We liked the size of the rooms, the easy bus transportation, it is much better than any value or moderate resort, and the resort was not crowded. Things we were not wild about: (1) You can tell it is the oldest DVC,(2) The property is a little spread out, so if you need to get to the restaurant and such it could be a hike.

If you find yourself in a part of the resort that is farther away, to make the journey back and forth to the restaurant, pool and hospitality area easier just take any bus. The main area is the last stop so get on any bus at the nearest bus stop to you and ride it to the last stop. When you want to go back, the Peninsular bus stop is the first bus stop and just a short walk away. Take the first bus you find and take that to your bus stop.

dvc guy
07-03-2007, 02:22 PM
OKW was the first DVC that we stayed at. We liked the size of the rooms, the easy bus transportation, it is much better than any value or moderate resort, and the resort was not crowded. Things we were not wild about: (1) You can tell it is the oldest DVC,(2) The property is a little spread out, so if you need to get to the restaurant and such it could be a hike.


We have been going to OKW for 6 years. About 2 years ago all the major appliances and washer/dryers were replaced. I don't think that you would know when this was built. Everything is in top notch working order and it is as well maintained as any other "newer timeshares "

WOW
07-03-2007, 07:53 PM
OKW is our favorite DVC....we love to relax there, yet a bus ride away to all the "action". Have been members since 1994 and still love it!!!

Darkside
07-03-2007, 08:35 PM
Actually, I would know how old these units are because these type of buildings are very common place where I live. OKW reminds of an area in Florida called Seaside, Jim Carry's movie the Truman Show was shot there. One other thing I forgot to mention is there are no elevators, this may or may not be an issue with some people.

Cee
07-04-2007, 06:37 AM
It is absolutely beautiful and IMO, the only resort in WDW that actually makes
you feel like you're in FLORIDA.:thumbsup2

GDUL
07-04-2007, 06:43 AM
Actually, I would know how old these units are because these type of buildings are very common place where I live. OKW reminds of an area in Florida called Seaside, Jim Carry's movie the Truman Show was shot there. One other thing I forgot to mention is there are no elevators, this may or may not be an issue with some people.

One slight correction - buildings 62, 63, and 64 have elevators.

skoi
07-04-2007, 09:29 AM
We had a short stay at OKW in August 2005. We had a great time, easy check in, beautiful room, great pool, no lines for buses and the stop was very close to our building. Our kids (then 11 and 7) loved it. They keep asking what year are we scheduled to go back to OKW.

Darkside
07-04-2007, 12:02 PM
Well, I just keep learning more and more on this board. I did not know that there were elevators in buildings 62-64. I keep this in my notes.

GDUL
07-05-2007, 07:11 AM
Well, I just keep learning more and more on this board. I did not know that there were elevators in buildings 62-64. I keep this in my notes.

In case you haven't seen it, I made a coded map of OKW that shows this:

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g303/GDuLong/OKWMap-June2007.jpg

dianeschlicht
07-05-2007, 07:22 AM
Gary, I thank you for updating those maps all the time, and I hope you don't mind if some of the rest of us post them on other threads here. I think they are a great help.

GDUL
07-05-2007, 03:49 PM
Gary, I thank you for updating those maps all the time, and I hope you don't mind if some of the rest of us post them on other threads here. I think they are a great help.

I don't mind at all if the maps are posted in other threads! I'm glad that people find them useful!

Thanks!

Magic4Four
07-05-2007, 08:44 PM
As new DVC members, we have been slowly trying to stay at all of the resorts. In February of this year we split a stay between OKW and SSR. Coming from NY in February,we really thought that the lush landscaping and tropical feel would be welcomed. We had a studio in a section that was directly behind the main pool, across the canal. Quite a walk to the main pool and hospitality house. To be quite honest, the lushness around our room made it feel somewhat dark and damp. The size of the studio can't be beat, however, and it is quite roomy even with the two queen size beds. We felt that the age of the resort was showing - scuffs on the wall, chips on furniture, dingey carpet and curtains. In contrast, our stay at SSR was more pleasant. While the dining is an issue at SSR for us, the gorgeous appointments in the rooms, the fantastic pool, and incredible view of DTD at night made us wish we had booked our entire Feb. trip there instead. It seems like a lot of people really love this resort, and it is very pretty on the outside, but it just was not a good fit for us. It was too removed from the World and we felt like we were staying at someone's condo.

offtheice
07-05-2007, 09:57 PM
I was thinking about staying at Old Key West in July for the first time and would like some feedback from anyone that has stayed there. Is the overall hotel nice? Are the lines for the buses long? Do they have a food cafeteria like the other resorts? Any feedback would be great!
Thanks!

We own at BW, SSR and AKV .. now we have yet to stay at AKV ,but OKW is our favorite place to stay .. Its like staying in a true condo on property ..

offtheice
07-05-2007, 10:03 PM
As new DVC members, we have been slowly trying to stay at all of the resorts. In February of this year we split a stay between OKW and SSR. Coming from NY in February,we really thought that the lush landscaping and tropical feel would be welcomed. We had a studio in a section that was directly behind the main pool, across the canal. Quite a walk to the main pool and hospitality house. To be quite honest, the lushness around our room made it feel somewhat dark and damp. The size of the studio can't be beat, however, and it is quite roomy even with the two queen size beds. We felt that the age of the resort was showing - scuffs on the wall, chips on furniture, dingey carpet and curtains. In contrast, our stay at SSR was more pleasant. While the dining is an issue at SSR for us, the gorgeous appointments in the rooms, the fantastic pool, and incredible view of DTD at night made us wish we had booked our entire Feb. trip there instead. It seems like a lot of people really love this resort, and it is very pretty on the outside, but it just was not a good fit for us. It was too removed from the World and we felt like we were staying at someone's condo.


If any place is spread out it is SSR .. My god , walking to the bus stops and getting around is the worse.

4formickey
07-08-2007, 11:30 AM
how hard is it to get a 2bedroom at okw if this is not your home resort? We are planning to go in late june of next year.

Deb & Bill
07-08-2007, 12:02 PM
how hard is it to get a 2bedroom at okw if this is not your hoe resort? We are planning to go in late june of next year.

You shouldn't have a problem if you try at 7 months.

A little history about Bldg 62, 63 and 64. The reason they have elevators is because they were built after the resort was finished. They are located on the spot where the Commodore House was located and it was THE sales office. We signed our paper work at the Commodore House to buy into OKW. After they tore down the Commodore House and built the last three buildings, we bought another 75 points at OKW.

4formickey
07-08-2007, 03:32 PM
thanks,we plan to bring a cousin with us and they are a family of six. So my plan is to book 2, two bedroom villas. Every family needs thier own space so thats why we are booking the 2 rooms. I know that I could rent those points out and get a nice peace of change but for the family this is my gift to them.

dianeschlicht
07-08-2007, 06:39 PM
You shouldn't have a problem if you try at 7 months.

A little history about Bldg 62, 63 and 64. The reason they have elevators is because they were built after the resort was finished. They are located on the spot where the Commodore House was located and it was THE sales office. We signed our paper work at the Commodore House to buy into OKW. After they tore down the Commodore House and built the last three buildings, we bought another 75 points at OKW.

We first toured at Commodore House too, and when they added the points from the "new" buildings, we added another 150 to our original 230! LOVE OKW.

MiaSRN62
07-09-2007, 07:54 AM
Quite a walk to the main pool and hospitality house. To be quite honest, the lushness around our room made it feel somewhat dark and damp. The size of the studio can't be beat, however, and it is quite roomy even with the two queen size beds. We felt that the age of the resort was showing - scuffs on the wall, chips on furniture, dingey carpet and curtains.
Magic4Four,
I'm thinking maybe you had a ground floor studio. They seem to be surrounded by thick landscaping. The upper floor studios are better and have better views.
I've never noticed any scuffs or chips or dinginess in my 7 years of stays at OKW. So maybe you just got a room that was in need of some rehab ? All the rooms we've had, you would never be able to tell the age of the resort.

Magic4Four says : and incredible view of DTD at night made us wish we had booked our entire Feb. trip there instead. It seems like a lot of people really love this resort, and it is very pretty on the outside, but it just was not a good fit for us. It was too removed from the World
Hardly removed from the World. OKW is just as close to the parks as SSR is. And not all the rooms in SSR have a view of DD. At least half do not. I believe it's Congress Park that has DD views. Not sure about the Springs and I don't think the Paddock does. We were able to sit out on our balcony at OKW one year and see/hear Illuminations. I would not call that removed from the World, but everyone is entitled to their opinions. :)


Magic4Four says :We had a studio in a section that was directly behind the main pool, across the canal. Quite a walk to the main pool and hospitality house.

If you were right behind the main pool, not sure how you would feel it was "quite a walk" to the main pool ? That area behind the main pool is pretty close ?

Many of those SSR rooms are very far from their main pool if you're going to talk distance ? I think you lost me on this comparison. I can't argue that SSR is more modern---it's practically a brand new resort. But I feel OKW has held up very well for it's age and can stand it's own in the DVC lineup. But to make comments about things being a long walk.....we toured SSR. That is one spread out resort if you're talking about how long walks can be. Fair is fair. SSR is very nice, but it is not a small/compact resort.

goofy4tink
07-09-2007, 08:20 AM
Rather than start a new thread about pretty much the exact same thing, I'm going to tag onto this one....
I'm planning a Sunday-Friday trip, next July, late month, for myself, my 14 y/o dd and my 32 y/o dd. The 32 y/o has never been to WDW (I know, can you imagine~!!!), so I'm bringing her. I own at BWV and love it there more than anyplace. But, I will be planning yet another trip in the fall of '09 with a two bedroom and a studio, so want to save some points here...already borrowed some from '08. So....since I can get OKW for a bit fewer points, I thought it might be a good time to try it out. I know the villas are larger but is there anything else I should know??? I would imagine that being a bit closer, rather than further, to the pool so older dd can sip her adult beverage poolside would be a good thing.
So......do I take the plunge and go with OKW or stick with what I know about? Any thoughts?

Anthony1971
07-09-2007, 09:09 AM
Rather than start a new thread about pretty much the exact same thing, I'm going to tag onto this one....
I'm planning a Sunday-Friday trip, next July, late month, for myself, my 14 y/o dd and my 32 y/o dd. The 32 y/o has never been to WDW (I know, can you imagine~!!!), so I'm bringing her. I own at BWV and love it there more than anyplace. But, I will be planning yet another trip in the fall of '09 with a two bedroom and a studio, so want to save some points here...already borrowed some from '08. So....since I can get OKW for a bit fewer points, I thought it might be a good time to try it out. I know the villas are larger but is there anything else I should know??? I would imagine that being a bit closer, rather than further, to the pool so older dd can sip her adult beverage poolside would be a good thing.
So......do I take the plunge and go with OKW or stick with what I know about? Any thoughts?

BW to me has a great location but AGAIN to me the terade off is the rooms. The 2 bedrooms at OKW can not be explianed unless you stay there.... I think you will love the rooms. All of the comments on the resort being worn to spread out ETC... I find to be incorrect. OKW is a nice laid back relaxing resort. The only think I can see you missing is being able to walk back after Illuminations but I think this is a small price to pay when you see the rooms and balconies.....much less being able to find a place in resort where you can truly relax.
I can not see why anyone would not like this resort....

MiaSRN62
07-09-2007, 10:14 AM
I know the villas are larger but is there anything else I should know??? I would imagine that being a bit closer, rather than further, to the pool so older dd can sip her adult beverage poolside would be a good thing.
So......do I take the plunge and go with OKW or stick with what I know about? Any thoughts?

First of all, if you love BWV as you stated, you may or may not take a liking to OKW. They are very different resorts. BWV is hotel-style and OKW is more vacation home style. Most buildings have stairs only. But each of these resorts has a charm all it's own. I see OKW as a quaint disney neighborhood.

Either place can have a hike to the "main" pool, but some will point out that at BWV the walk is indoors and at OKW the walk is outdoors. You can request to be close to the main pool ---request "close to Hospitality House". But there are no guarantees. You mentioned dd sipping adult drink by the pool. The main pool at OKW has the Gurlgling Suitcase bar.

So, if you go to OKW not expecting it to be like BWV, you'll be fine. Overall, this is a beautiful resort---serene, lush, pretty. BWV is more bustling and of course you can walk to Epcot and take a boat to MGM. At OKW, you can take a boat to DD.