Key West Hotels

Why visit and stay in Key West?

Key West, Florida boasts warmth, sun, and good vibes, making it the perfect place to visit and stay in. The area offers great beaches, access to watersports, a bustling nightlife, and exceptional food. The average temperature year round in Key West is 77°F, making it the perfect location for a trip that warms the soul.

The whole island is compact, making it super affordable to get from one adventure to the next. While there are hotels that are on the pricey end, signing up for a StudentUniverse membership will offer you awesome deals and discounted rates for hotels in Key West that are affordable for students and young adults without the scary vibes, making for a perfect, and non-budget-breaking trip south!

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Where are the best places to stay in Key West for students and young adults?

Duval Street is the place for students and young adults to stay if they’re looking for a lively and exciting trip to Key West. Truly the central street of the island’s activities, and just a short walk from one end to the other, Duval Street packs a big punch in a relatively small area.


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Duval Street is the main shopping and dining, party and nightlife area of Key West. Nicknamed “the longest street in the world” despite being only just over a mile, it runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. There are both hotels and restaurants aplenty along the street, and just off it.

Duval Street is the place to be, so no need for transportation costs between hotel and activity, restaurant, or bar. Your transportation costs for the whole trip should stay pretty low. It's only about a 10 minute drive from the airport entrance to Duval Street and basically anywhere you want to be is a reasonable walking distance or a very short drive away.

On Duval Street you’ll find plenty of activities from museums, to theater performances, or drag shows, karaoke, and bingo in bars. Around the island, your main attractions (continued below) are all the classic warm idyllic beach activities.

As for food options on Duval Street, there are so many! Everything from seafood, to ice cream, coffee, asian cuisine, and americana are all within reach along Duval Street.

Worried about nighttime safety? The whole island of Key West is considered very safe, and especially on Duval Street where there are almost always cops around. Remember the street is only a little over a mile long total so you won’t need to worry about a dark subway station or a sketchy uber ride to get where you need to go.

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What are the best attractions in Key West?

For such a small island, Key West has what feels like limitless options for what to do. Your question isn’t “what is good to do in Key West?”, but “what should I do first?”.

Beyond what there is to do in Duval Street (did you scroll past it above?), you could check out the Key West Aquarium where you might see a shark feeding or a sea turtle conservation tour, or explore the touch tanks. If fish and sea critters aren’t for you, you could check out the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. There you can see more than 50 species of butterflies, as well as exotic birds and flamingos.

If you want a day filled with thrilling adventure, book an excursion with Fury Key West where they have packages that allow you to do snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, and sunset watching, and more. One of these packages will allow you to get the biggest bang for your buck, doing a bunch of fun activities in one outing. And they’ve got a variety of package options letting you pick the one that suits your activity dreams.

If you’re looking for unique activities to Key West, stop by Southernmost Point for a picture with the buoy that marks the spot that is most south in the continental US. Alternatively, get a slice of Key lime pie. Afterall you're on the dessert’s namesake island. Although, you probably shouldn’t mention to the locals that the pie was actually invented in New York City…

Can students get discounts on Key West hotels?

When you book your Key West hotel with us (StudentUniverse), you will always get the best student discount available! Our mission is always to give you student discounts that will allow you to make the most of your trip without your student budget getting in the way of the fun. With all the savings you’ll get from your flights and hotel booked through us, you might even be able to splurge on an extra day or an extra activity!

What are the hotels like in Key West?

There are a variety of hotel options in Key West, allowing you to book the one that best suits you and your needs. You’ll find Key West resorts to include everything from family friendly to pet friendly, to adults only and luxury, to budget hotels. As far as hotel location, anywhere on Key West island is a good location depending on what you’re looking for.

Beaching for days? Pick something south or west on the island, or a resort with a private beach or beach access. Staying near Smathers Beach will place you right by the largest beach in Key West.

Staying on or near Duval Street will open up lots of activities within walking distance, from the Hemingway Home and Museum to happy hour spots. And, even staying right in the middle of things, you won’t have to compromise on having an outdoor pool at the hotel. It's a real win-win.

Basically, if you’re looking to book a hotel in Key West, you’ve got a lot of good options. There really shouldn’t be much to compromise on whether you want this or that. The whole island is before you. You’ll be able to find hotel options that have their own swimming pools, a pool bar, free parking, or a fitness center, depending on what you want access to.

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