The Old Key West Hotel is a Deluxe Villa Resort at Walt Disney World!
Location: Disney Springs Resort area
Old Key West Hotel – Experience the romance of the Florida Keys at this tranquil community of Conch Flats—a sprawling island hamlet with shimmering waterways, swaying palm trees and manicured golf-course fairways. Delight in sun-soaked pools, casual dining and such amenities as fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. A peaceful tropical paradise, Disney’s Old Key West Resort is also just a boat ride away from the excitement of Disney Springs.
The Old Key West Hotel may be our least favorite place to stay at Walt Disney World. Our apologies to anyone who loves staying here. We were not impressed with the resort as a whole, its offerings, amenities etc.
The Old Key West Hotel is 1 of 2 all DVC resorts at Walt Disney World. This means that all the rooms are either studios or villas. The villas feature full kitchens including stove and oven, glassware, utensils and a full fridge. Studios only offer a wet bar with plastics and a small fridge.
The hotel is close to Disney Springs and does offer a boat ride down the river to get there. It’s actually pretty fun and has great views along the way.
The hotel also features fishing excursions that can be booked ahead of time or day of. Keep in mind that all the fishing at WDW is catch and release.
The Hospitality House features the lobby where you’ll check-in as well as the restaurants, store, game room and rental shop. The back of the house goes right out to the lake which and has some really good views and is where you get on the boat that can take you to Disney Springs. The main resort pool is also featured right off of the Hospitality House.
Like the Saratoga Springs Resort none of the houses are really close to the Hospitality House. We would suggest requesting before you arrive, a room close by. You’ll still have to walk from your building to the Hospitality House and main pool. Building 36-40 and are the worst place to stay in our opinion because they are very far away from the Hospitality House and are not close to a bus station or a pool. Building’s in the 50’s are also not high on our list of houses to stay at.
The “Turtle Shack Houses” as we call them do have a pool and a playground nearby but not a bus stop. You’ll have to walk a good distance to get to one. The other Turtle Houses are close to the bus depot but are not close to a pool. You’ll have to pick what is most important to you.
Buildings 11-14 are probably the best places to stay in. You’ll be able to walk to the Hospitality House and main pool in a couple of minutes and there parking is close by as well as the main bus depot.
Depending on the room you have it will feature 1 queen bed and a sofa bed (studio) or up to several bedrooms and full kitchens (villas). Unlike most of the DVC resorts Old Key West does not offer 3 bedrooms villas. The most they have are 2 bedroom villas. All the villas do have dining tables and bars and the rooms are separate from the living area.
The main pool features a lighthouse setting with a decent pool and waterslide plus a sauna. It’s nothing special but it gets the job done. Nearby is a playground and the tennis courts. The restaurants aren’t bad but we would say head to Disney Springs for better offerings.
Overall for the price and location we feel like there are better places to stay than here. Several of the moderate resorts offer better amenities than this place and are just around the corner.