$69 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jul 23, 2014 Check-out: Jul 24, 2014

Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

3 stars
8701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33154
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.9
out of 5
177 reviews
Perfect!

Love this hotel. SUPER super clean. Staffs are very helpful & friendly. Highly recommend. See full review

  • tinatranpsu
  • Mar 3, 2013
family vacation

it was 100% perfect over all. the onli thing that i was told evry thing eas included in the... See full review

  • MECHANIC
  • Jan 27, 2013
Americana style at budget Miami North Beach hotel right on the water
Get a direct oceanfront room in exciting Miami at the Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa on Collins Avenue. This hotel is just 20 minutes north of South Beach. View aquamarine waters from 10-stories up at this large tower property that sits up against the famous beach. A full-service spa, fitness center, restaurant and shuttle to various hot spots make this an all-round convenient Miami hotel. Free high-speed wireless Internet access available through the Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa.

Highlights
  • Free high-speed wireless Internet access available through the hotel
  • Fitness center
  • 1950s Americana diner serves breakfast (free), lunch and dinner
  • Shuttle to South Beach
  • Sip drinks and sunbathe at private oceanfront pool
Rooms

The Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa is a 225-room property. Each interior is equipped with satellite TV, safe, hairdryer and coffee maker. Guests of the Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa enjoy the free high-speed wireless Internet access provided in all rooms. Junior suites also are available.

Features

An array of free guest perks at the Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa include the use of a complete cardio and weight fitness center and the use of beach and pool chairs. Active guests also walk and jog the shoreline park adjacent to the hotel. After working up a sweat, cool off in the oceanfront swimming pool that offers a private setting far removed from Collins Avenue. Order lunch on the deck and take in the sea air. The Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa offers 24-hour security, a coin-operated laundromat and on-site parking (fees apply).

Dining

Classic Americana retro neon, a stainless bar and a hot rod car adorn the restaurant at the Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa. Continental breakfast is complimentary for guests. The 1950s style lounge at the Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa offers poolside service.

Recreation

The Nirvana Spa at the Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa allows guests to retreat into a Turkish bath-inspired setting for an indulgent morning or afternoon. Facilities include a steam room, sauna, salon and massage treatment rooms.

Transportation
  • Miami International Airport (14.9 mi/24 km)
  • Port of Miami (11.9 mi/19.1 km)
  • Shuttles to South Beach and Aventura Mall
Attractions
  • North Shore Open Space Park (adjacent)
  • Bal Harbour (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • Miami Beach Convention Center (6.3 mi/10.1 km)
  • South Beach (7 mi/11.3 km)
  • Aventura Mall (7.1 mi/11.4 km)
  • Gulf Stream Park Race Track (9.2 mi/14.8 km)
  • American Airlines Arena (11.5 mi/18.5 km)
  • Sun Life Stadium (13.2 mi/21.2 km)
Business
  • Meeting space accommodates up to 200 people
  • Copy and Fax services
  • Free high-speed wireless Internet access available through the hotel
  • Complimentary weekday newspapers
Policies and fees
Parking fee is $12.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

25.8721 -80.1214
Area description
Entertainment district

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Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Ice machine
Activities
Outdoor pool
Jacuzzi
Dining
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Vending machines
Services
Guest laundromat
ATM/Cash machine
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Barber/Beauty shop
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Outdoor parking
Accessibility
Accessible parking
Room
Safe
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Free newspaper
Over sized rooms
Cribs available
Ironing board

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (177)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Overall score

2.9 / 5
5.01.0
177 out of 177
Amenities:
2.9
Room cleanliness:
3.5
Hotel staff:
3.2
Room comfort:
3.2
Location:
3.5
Value:
3.2

60% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Beach lover from San Dieg
San Deigo
May 3, 2014

Maimi Beach

The location of this Hotel is great! But the hotel needs to step up its game and purchase towels for the pool. The towels were very old and worn and too small for a pool/beach towel. The pool attendant was not very friendly and could not speak English well enough for me to understand him.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Wantesha
New York
Apr 18, 2014

It was very relaxing and nice however minor upgrades to the outside would make it more appealing.

The hotel was very nice and clean on the inside however the outside when you first pull up was a little disturbing it could use a paint job and the windows need an update however the staff was courteus and the housekeeping staff was excellent she didnt disturb us in the morning however whenever i left and came back my room was perfect again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
3
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Springbreaker2
Michigan
Mar 14, 2014

good location, needs updating

The location is excellant. The hotel needs some cleaning and updating but worth the price.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Swwwop
Jacksonville, Florida
Feb 23, 2014

Good for a family getaway

It was a decent hotel. The location was very good. The entire hotel smelled like disgusting body Oder. They charged my credit card twice. You literally cannot check in until 3 pm. The wait to check in is ridiculous.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Pilot travler
Tennessee
Jan 31, 2014

Isolated hotel and hateful staff

Hotel has about 200 rooms. There were very few people there. I showed up mid morning and ask if they had any rooms open. Assistant desk manager said none were clean except a $40.00 higher room than I declined. She said otherwise check in was 3 p. m. I went to the beach. About noon it started raining and I went to the lobby to wait for a room. I asking a few times if any rooms were clean and she said no. Just short of 3 p.m. she gave me a room. Everyone that worked in the hotel were hateful. The food was awful and the closest place to eat was over 7 long blocks away.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
3
Location:
1
Value:
1
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Peggy Super Saver
Dallas, TX
Jan 30, 2014

A Resolved Issue

The hotel had a lot of trouble accepting my reservation and others'. However after some painful arguing the hotel staff accommodated my party despite the issues. Free continental breakfast decent and filling but nothing exciting. Pool area is very pretty, pictures are not misleading. Hotel bar is great, drinks not too crazy exoensive for a hotel in miami. Must pay for chairs/umbrellas on the beach though, not included. Beach area very nice. Hotel room very old, musty, and outdated. Cleaning staff very nice and helpful. Must pay $13 for parking and $12 resort fee and $tax. Overall good hotel for the discount price of $74, but not at the normal hotel rate. Very good safe area of north Miami beach with a lot of good shops, restaurants, grocery stores/everything nearby. Not bad.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Nightlife tip: Long walk from hotel

Bayside - restaurants/shops/outdoor/dancing/live music/cool area on the water

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Jenna0482
Baltimore Md
Aug 31, 2013

not worth the money

I read the reveiwes for this hotel and unfortuantely I ignored them. I loved the fact that the beach was right outside the hotel, and they did have free chairs you could use, but the beach section where you could use the chairs was so small.The pool bar was amazing and had great staff, probably the only nice staff there. But...the rooms and towels were yucky and I had to check for bugs. There was no working vending/ice machine, and the closest store was 1 mile away (which would cost you) We got a continential breakfast, which only consisted of bread, cereal, OJ and milk (extra for coffee). And they had a nice hot buffet breakfast right next to your free breakfast but it was extra for hot food. And they hung over you to make sure you "no touch" If you want to ha e a good vacation spend a little more and go for a nicer hotel. Plus the transportatiin cost us a fortune, and the halls and rooms smelled bad.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
2
Value:
1
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Finnagans bar and grill was amazing and just about a 1mile walk. Great food and better prices!! The hotel bar was great too, just a bit pricey.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
we2ding
Alton, IL
Jun 19, 2013

Pass on this one

We arrived late and we had a difficult day. The night clerk gave us an upgrade to a balcony room. Later I returned to the front desk to inquire about the "free breakfast" advertised on this website and the man said it was not free. I continued to disagree with him and then returned to my room and grabbed my computer to show him what it said. He then slammed a card down on the counter for me to pick up. Breakfast was bad. It consisted of Bread, bread and bagels. Coffee or juice and no refills ( apparently, I asked for one and the waitress kept walking by with juice and not refilling mine) There is an option for a buffet breakfast for an additional fee. The pool was closed and being repainted when we were there. It looked like it would be nice. I wish we had known though. The beach area was pristine with a nature preserve area directly next to it. Other than that there was much there that I had seen. The hotel itself is old and needs to be updated. Carpet was dirty, the walls need to be replaced and the furniture was mismatched. Thankfully we were only staying one night as we were there to catch a cruise. I would not recommend this particular hotel for a vacation...just for a one nighter it would serve this purpose.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
2
Value:
3
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Dennis from Jax
Jacksonville, FL
May 26, 2013

Nice hotel, great location

This is an older hotel, but the rooms are clean and comfortable. The restaraunt and bar area are quite nice. The food and drinks are good, and the prices are quite reasonable for the location. The pool area is cozy and clean, although we spent most of our time on the beach, which is just beyoud the pool. Very well kept altogether. A very nice getaway. We will definitely consider this hotel again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Uvigii
Ft. Myers, Florida
May 20, 2013

If you are patient and you have time to lose - this is your place.

Breakfast included? No ! You have to argue, to prove, to show some papers, better prepare to pay for it. Well ... I managed to find mine reservation. Money back ? Manager ? Yes, but he will arrive 2 hours after you leave the hotel, sorry about that. Towels at pool? Yes, but locked. The person holding the key will eventually come. Eventually, I never saw him. If you are patient and have time to lose - this is your place.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
1
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