Florida Laws for Hotel Check Ins

By Mary Tucker-McLaughlin - Updated June 05, 2017
Receptionist handing over keys to hotel room

The Florida statutes on commerce do not designate a specific minimum age for hotel reservations in the state. Age restrictions are generally designated by hotel chains or individual franchise-holders. The Florida statutes only discuss the means for properly ejecting unwanted or unruly guests. Age restrictions in hotels in Florida can vary from 18 to 25 years of age, depending on the hotel. Some hotels do not post any age restriction at all, but require a credit card and identification for check-in.

Hotels for ages 25 and over

Generally the finer hotels and resorts will have higher age restrictions. Age restrictions are sometimes listed under notifications and fees on sites like hotels.com. For example, Sterling Resorts in Panama City has a higher restriction, limiting guest reservations to those who are 25 and older.

Sterling Resorts 17739 Front Beach Road,
Panama City Beach, FL, 32413 866-539-0036

Hotels for age 21 and over

Some finer hotels and resorts allow those 21 and older to reserve rooms.

Shelborne Beach Resort Miami 1801 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL, 33139 866-539-0036

Sixty Sixty 6060 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL, 33140 866-539-0036

Hotels for age 18 and Over

Many hotels (for example, Best Western) do not discuss age restrictions, but require a credit card before making a reservation. The Gaylord hotel chain, located in Dallas, Nashville and Kissimee, Florida is a swankier hotel which only posts age restrictions in connection with certain events, but not on booking rooms.

Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center 6000 W. Osceola Parkway Kissimmee, Florida 34746 Individual Reservations: (407) 586-2000 Hotel Operator: (407) 586-0000

About the Author

As an educator, television producer and public relations/human resources professional, Mary Tucker-McLaughlin's work has been broadcast on radio and television with affiliates in the Midwest and the South since 1992. Her work has also been published in the "St. Louis Suburban Journals." Tucker-McLaughlin is an assistant professor in eastern North Carolina with a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of South Carolina.

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