Florida is a top destination for young travelers across the country—and from around the world.
Every year college students from all over the US flock to the beaches of Florida for spring break. Disney and Universal also attract 18 to twenty-something year olds from all over the world to their parks.
But when it comes to booking a hotel that allows guests under 21 to check-in, your options are about as limited as your budget! (I remember those days…)
In this guide, I will give you my best tips on how to find Florida hotels you can book at 18. And if you’re between the ages of 18 and 21, I’ll also cover some alternatives to traditional hotels.
Florida Hotels Guide for 18-Year Olds
Before we get into Florida hotels that allow guests 18+ to check-in, here a few things you need to know about traveling at that age.
Hotel check-in age restrictions in Florida
I bet the question on your mind is how old do you have to be to get a hotel room in Florida, right? Well, it depends.
At 18, you can legally do a lot a of stuff. You can vote, buy property, get married without mom and dad’s permission, and even be sued.
But… you can’t consume alcohol. And for hotels, that’s a big problem.
For that reason, most hotels in Florida set the minimum age a guest must be to check-in at 21, which is the legal drinking age in the United States.
🪖 Members of US military can check into any hotel in Florida at 18. Florida law requires hotels to waive any age restriction for military on active duty with a valid military ID.
Who determines the minimum check-in age?
It’s up to the hotel to decide. And there’s no one-size fits all when it comes to their policies—even hotels from the same chain may have different requirements.
Hotel check-in age restrictions in Florida can vary from 18 to 25 in some cases. So the only way of knowing, is by checking the policy of each individual hotel.
Reasons hotels in Florida have age restrictions
I had to do quite a bit of digging to find out why some hotels impose age restrictions and others don’t.
While I did’t find anything conclusive, here are few reasons that may explain why some hotels don’t allow guests under 21, or 25 in some cases, to check-in:
- Marketing: Some hotels cater to adults only. In that case, it’s only natural that they’d require all guests to be at least 21.
- Liability: When you check-in, the hotel becomes somewhat responsible for your safety. And although I hate to say it, 18-twenty something year olds do some really dumb shit! But the biggest issue is the consumption of alcohol on hotel premises, even if it was bought elsewhere. Which brings me to my next point…
- The mini-bar: Since the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 it’s a lot easier to restrict the age of the guests than it would be to clear our dozens of tiny liquor bottles from each room.
- Party destinations: Hotels in places like Miami Beach, Daytona, and Key West may be more strict about the minimum check-in age. This is to ensure guests are legally allowed to drink alcohol and to try and keep the rowdier crowds away.
- Guest experience: Some hotels don’t want to get a the reputation of being a party hotel and may up the minimum age to maintain a more peaceful atmosphere for all guest.
Hotels in Florida with 18+ Check-In
Below you can find a list of hotels with 18+ check-in for the different cities within Florida.
⚠️ Attention: While I do my best to keep this list updated, hotel policies may change. Some hotels may also have special rules for guest in the ages of 18 to 25. So double-check with the property before you book!
Here are some hotels in Miami, Florida with 18+ check-in:
- Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel
- Hilton Miami Downtown
- Kimpton EPIC
- Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
- THesis Hotel
- Four Points by Sheraton Coral Gables
- Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon
- JW Marriott Marquis Miami
- JW Marriott Miami
- Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
- Courtyard Miami Dadeland
- Courtyard by Marriott Miami Airport
- Hyatt Place Miami Airport-West/Doral
- DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Doral
Here are some hotels in Miami Beach, Florida with 18+ check-in:
- Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel
- Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach
- Fontainebleau Miami Beach
- Eden Roc Miami Beach
- Nobu Hotel Miami Beach
- Fairwind Hotel
- Leslie Ocean Drive (requires parent’s authorization)
- Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
- Penguin Hotel
- President Hotel South Beach
- Chesterfield Hotel and Suites
🛎 See more hotels in Miami that allow 18+ check-in.
Here are some hotels in Key West, Florida with 18+ check-in:
- Kimpton Winslow’s Bungalows
- Kimpton Fitch Lodge
- Kimpton Ella’s Cottages
- Kimpton Lighthouse Hotel
- Kimpton Ridley House-Adult Only
- DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort
- Hampton Inn Key West
- Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa
- The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection
- Douglas House (I’ve stayed here a couple of times. Recommended!)
- Southwinds Motel
- NYAH – Adult Exclusive
- Simonton Court Historic Inn & Cottages
- Blue Marlin Motel
- Wicker Guesthouse
Here are some hotels in Orlando, Florida with 18+ check-in that are great if you’re planning to visit Disney World and Universal:
- Hilton Buena Vista Palace — Disney Springs
- SPOT X by Red Collection Orlando International Dr
- The Florida Hotel & Conference Center in The Florida Mall
- Rose Inn
- Grand Hotel Orlando
- Palazzo Lakeside Hotel
Disney World Hotels and Resorts
All Disney World hotels welcome 18+ check-ins:
- Walt Disney World Swan (technically owned by Marriott)
- Walt Disney World Dolphin (technically owned by Marriott)
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
- The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
- The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
- Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East/Brandon
- Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore
- Sleep Inn & Suites Tampa South
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Tampa-Fairgrounds-Casino
- Comfort Suites Tampa Airport North
- Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Tampa Airport North, FL
- La Quinta by Wyndham Tampa Fairgrounds – Casino
- Embassy Suites Tampa – Brandon
- Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Tampa Brandon
- Residence Inn by Marriott Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport
- Courtyard by Marriott Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport
- Best Western Plus Daytona Inn Seabreeze
- Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park
- WoodSpring Suites Jacksonville Campfield Commons
- Hyatt Place Jacksonville St. Johns Town Center
- Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
- Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Jacksonville I-95 South, FL
- Tricove Inn & Suites
- Red Roof Inn Jacksonville – Cruise Port
- Studio 6-Jacksonville, FL – Baymeadows
Alternatives to Hotels for 18-Year Olds
As a young traveler, it’s always good to have a backup plan. So in case you can’t find a hotel you like or they changed their minimum check-in age before you had a chance to book, here are some other places you can stay as an 18-year old traveling in Florida.
Youth hostels cater to young travelers so they’re the most obvious alternative to staying in a hotel as an 18-year old. As an added benefit, hostels are also cheaper, specially if you’re traveling solo.
If you’re worried about sacrificing your privacy and comfort by staying at a hostel, don’t. While hostels are known for having dorm-style rooms, modern hostels can be quite hip and modern.
For example, check out Generator Miami. The hostel looks like a luxury boutique hotel and is located in a prime spot on Collins Avenue at the heart of Miami Beach.
Short-Term Vacation Rentals
Websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and Plum Guide have a ton of homes and apartments that you can rent for your Florida trip. The minimum age required to book on those platforms is 18. However, double check the listing before you book to be sure since owners can set a different minimum age for their property.
Companies like G Adventures and Contiki are great options for young travelers to explore the world with a group. They have tours specifically designed for 18 to thirty-something-year-olds with activities and accommodations to match.
I traveled across Europe with Contiki after my college graduation and highly recommend it if you’re 18 to early 20s. While they’re strictly for 18-35, G Adventures offers some tours for 18-39 years and some without age restrictions. You can read about my experience with G Adventures here.
While hotel check-in age restrictions can make things a bit trickier for young travelers, it’s not impossible to find accommodations in Florida that fit your needs and budget.
I’ve given you a list of several Florida hotels you can book at 18. Just remember to double check their policies, and consider hostels, short-term rentals, and group travel as options.
Whether you’re headed to beach for spring break or taking on the Orlando theme parks, there are plenty of hotels you can book at 18.
So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready for an epic adventure in the Sunshine State!