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Old 04-19-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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Really trying to decide. OKW or SSR

Originally we were going to book at Old Key West since we have a party of 8 but made the reservation today under Saratoga Springs. Anyone stayed at both and if so, what did you like over the other? Which would you stay again as your first choice?
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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OKW has bigger villas.

SSR has nicer pools. although love OKW community pools - think only visited the main pool once in 15 years.

SSR definitely has the better community hall - but if you plan on spending most of your time in the parks - that doesn't matter.

SSR has the better walking path to DD.

they are more like a community than a hotel. so they are pretty different from BWV, BCV, BLT, VWL.

OKW feels more like home. Both are great resorts.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:22 PM   #4
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OKW for the square footage for sure, plus the outdoor covered decks are huge, and a great 'bonus' room we use for meals, relaxing, or playing games in the evening (they have lights/ceiling fans for night-time). Plus a full-size washer/dryer in a separate laundry room instead of a stackable in the closet at SSR. Plus there is a dining area with a huge table instead of the cramped bench/table set up at SSR. Both resorts are beautiful with lots to offer, don't get me wrong - I have SSR booked next month, but that's because we are in a studio and prefer the couch and bed as opposed to the two beds in a studio at OKW - but in Oct. we have a 1 bdrm booked at OKW for 12 glorious nights, and I can't wait! Either one is fine if you're doing the parks all day every day - if you are going to be spending time in your villa for meals or time together as a group, OKW has much more space for you to enjoy.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:53 PM   #5
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If you are booking a two bedroom villa, the two bedroom at OKW (and also the one bedroom villas) will have the twin sized sleeper chair in the living room. SSR does not have the twin sized sleeper chair. It might mean two people would not have to sleep together.

Every two bedroom villa at OKW will have two queen beds in the second bedroom. Only dedicated two bedroom villas at SSR will have two queen beds.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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We've stayed at both and prefer OKW. The room is significantly larger and the full size laundry room is really great, plus in some of the units, it gives a second entrance to the bathroom.

The dining area has a large round table plus a buffet/hutch area which is a TON of storage and shelves on the wall above it. We utilize that area for all our bags, souvenirs, etc. that we need every day.

The kitchen has a great island and full size bottom cabinets and counter vs. SSR with a narrow countertop and much less counter space. We cook almost every day and we like having a real workable kitchen. 2 or 3 people can be in there at once and not get in the way.

The jacuzzi can fit two people. That's fun too

If you have small children and want better pools, then SSR has 3 great theme pools. OKW has one theme pool plus quiet pools so better for older kids. SSR also has a food court whereas OKW only has a snack area next to the pool so if you want to eat QS at the resort, then you should choose SSR.

OKW has a small resort town feel whereas SSR has a large condo complex feel. SSR has elevators in every building but OKW only has them in a few.

If we could only get SSR, we wouldn't cry but we would always choose OKW over SSR for our needs.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:47 PM   #7
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We have stayed at both and I completely agree with what has been posted above but if we have a choice.....OKW is our pick each and every time. Feels like home! Love the space, location and if you want to visit SSR.....it's a boat ride away. We own at BoardWalk and BC but if we want something different, we alway stay at OKW. I love it! Peaceful....feels more relaxed....just good karma all around.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:16 PM   #8
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Another vote for OKW. The rooms are just so spacious. The grounds are lush and mature. We have never had a room with a "bad" view. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:17 AM   #9
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Always OKW never SSR again.

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:31 AM   #10
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Thank you everyone. We changed our reservation to OKW and it was the exact same price. I think we will be happier at OKW.
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