As we turned into the Old Key West Resort on Saturday evening a woman came out to greet us and check to see who we were. Upon confirming that we were checking in she said, “Welcome Home!” I almost cried, realizing that we were actually at Disney!!!
We drove up to the Hospitality House ready to check in as I called earlier to add on an extra night. I had originally booked us for Sunday, not knowing if we were going to be able to drive straight through, and did not have any problems adding an additional night. We had a couple of small problems upon checking in, one of which may have been due to lines being down as they would not accept my check for a code reason that no one had ever heard of before… I ended up paying a split of my debit card and cash and did not have a problem with my debit card (from my same checking account, but I have a daily limit on it to prevent anyone from emptying my account). Thankfully Joe had come in with me and I could have used his credit card in case of an emergency. We knew the money was in there, but being over a thousand miles away from the bank there was only so much that we could do. It was quickly and easily resolved, and more embarrassing than anything, but also a reminder to be prepared for anything.
We found our room, checked all of our key cards and walked in…
OMG!!!! The place was HUGE!!!!!
We walked in the door that opened up into a huge kitchen, dining room, living room area… There was a full sized refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, microwave oven, regular oven, flat topped counter type electric stove, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker, blender, double sinks with garbage disposal, dishes, glasses, pots and pans with paper towels, fresh sponge and dish soap for the sink and dishwasher with trash in the bottom cupboards for regular and recyclables. The counter space was amazing! If the wall counter space wasn’t enough there was also an Island counter top which nicely hid a large screen TV and DVD player. Facing the TV was a full sized couch that opened to a queen sized bed, a love seat, two end tables with a telephone and lamps, an oversized comfy chair with hassock and large coffee table. Moving over there is a large kitchen table and chairs… There was a ceiling fan and all sorts of lights and light switches. To the left of the table was glass doors that led to the outside balcony which was huge with a table and chairs and lighted ceiling fan. Yes, a ceiling fan outside!!!!
Moving back towards the front door on the right was a door that lead to a bedroom with two queen sized beds, with night stands, phone, a ceiling fan, TV, chest of drawers and small table with chairs. This opened up to a outer bathroom with sink and mirror and large closet that had another door to the inner bathroom with tub and shower, toilet and another sink and mirror with a hair dryer on the wall…
Exiting this room and crossing the hallway, there was a door to the right with a washer and dryer, iron and ironing board. Beyond this was another door which was a small closet with a vacuum cleaner, and something else that I cannot recall…
Further on was the master bedroom with a king sized bed, a ceiling fan, end tables, telephone, chest of drawers, TV, a separate door that opened onto the balcony (the one with the outdoor ceiling fan… I just cannot get over that! Lol!). The master bedrooms inner bathroom had a huge whirlpool tub… Ooooooooohhhh I soooo miss that tub and could go for a soak in that right now… a sink a huge closet with a safe, extra pillows and blankets and a baby crib. There was a further door to the inner bathroom with a full countered sink with mirror and hair dryer, toilet, and a huge walk in shower (The shower door was a small single door and not made to be wheelchair accessible - the other bathroom had an assist bar in the shower). The flooring in all of the bathroom areas was beautifully tiled, and very slippery when wet… You should trust me on this one!
Every room was simply and nicely decorated with different types of shelving, sea shells, paintings and photos… It was big and beautiful. The entire villa was much larger than our actual home, and we could only imagine how large the Grand Villa would be!
It was really too dark and rainy to see much of anything coming up to our room the night before so when we awoke Joe and I went out exploring while my father and Jordan (13 year old ds) got themselves ready for the day. Looking around the resort, we thought that it was gorgeous! Palm trees everywhere lining the streets… A HUGE heated pool (we were told that the pools are kept heated to 85 degrees throughout Disney) at the Hospitality House, a sauna in the bottom of a lighthouse that actually lit up at night, a work out room with treadmills (not that anyone would need one of those in Disney!) and all sorts of work out equipment and weights, a restaurant, gift shop, take out restaurant window, a game room (where Joe and I stopped to play ping pong for a bit… Although I always managed to hit the ball it was hard to tell where it would end up…hahahah! I had to try and hit with a lot less force and a lot more control… hehehe!), showers and bathrooms for the pool area, tons of lounge chairs, and a window to pick up towels for the pool or rent DVDs, and different sorts and sizes of bicycles and boats… So much to do just here!!!!! Where to start???
I highly recommend this resort. We felt like we were in paradise the whole time that we were there.