Disney's Old Key West Resort
Price Level: Deluxe
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The Key West-themed resort offers 761 villas within 50 pastel-colored buildings. Studio rooms have kitchenettes, while multi-room villas contain full kitchens.
Have stayed here twice now, both for two weeks at a time. Such a lovely resort, hence the reason we came back. First stayed in 2014 and stayed in a studio room, then this year we stayed in a 1 bedroom villa, would definitely suggest the one bedroom villa over the studio as they are about three times as large, and you get a really large balcony area and full kitchen. If we were to go back again we would look to get the two bedroom villa as you could sometimes hear people next door in the adjoining studio room, however it is mainly due to the people you have staying next door to you, as the 2nd couple of people we had next door were really quiet. The main reason we stay at this resort is due to the fact it's spread out and most of the buildings are only over 2 floors. Pools, restaurants and staff were all amazing. The only problem is there is only really one place to fill up your resort mugs after you get back from the parks, but the rooms were filled with tea and coffee machines so it was fine. 10/10
We stayed in a One Bedroom Villa in January. The resort is nice, but the balcony of the room that we stayed in had a view of the golf course, with a lot of golf cart traffic and early morning lawn mower noise. There was also a significant amount of road noise. We had requested a canal view, but did not receive what we requested. The room itself was nice, but a little on the worn side. The good thing is that there is a pullout couch and a pullout chair. I think your satisfaction with your stay at the resort depends a lot on the location of your room.
This is the best resort to stay at if you have a large family. The other added perk is that you can drive up to your hotel room.
While it is hard to recommend as a casual visitor since it is very expensive, I highly recommend if you own a DVC or you can trade points via a timeshare exchange. That's what I did. I own a timeshare resort and I exchanged my current year points via RCI, an timeshare exchange. After I made the reservation, my Disney vacation planning went smoothly. I was charged an addition transaction fee (approx $200) and Disney tacked on a resort fee (approx $100). I guess the Disney resort fee covered the Magical Express bus and the MagicBands since I was not charged for these items. They came gratis.