Hi all!

My SO and I have just bought our plane tickets for florida (yay!). We will be flying into Ft. Lauderdale and driving to Key West from there. We are going the day after my (21st) birthday so would love to find a hotel for the night close to nightlife and decent restaurants. Although I've been to Florida many times I've never been to the Ft. Lauderdale area so don't even know where to start. Being near the beach would be nice as well but since we are only staying for 1 night we don't want to pay an arm and a leg for a hotel we will barely get to utilize. Anyone have any first hand experience with hotels in this area? The Best Western plus seems nice and is a good price but not sure about location. I've done a lot of googling on hotels in the last few days but can't find the exact information that I'm looking for. Also any must sees/dos in Key West or Ft. Lauderdale would be appreciated!

Thanks all!