Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Dezerland Beach & Spa

8701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida, 33154, United States | 3 star resort
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Jakey had a nap at about 6pm yesterday which left me searching for wifi and something to watch on the TV to keep me occupied although neither worked out so I ended up shutting my eyes for a while too even though I didn't really feel tired. I had planned to sleep for a little while then we would go get something to eat if we were hungry but I ended …

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This morning a few of did an option bike tour around Miami, we went along the boardwalk beside the beach, down to the pier and along the marina, which had some really nice boats in it. We drove through the Miami Botanic Gardens, along some of the residential streets which were really nice because they were lined with big fig type trees, we saw …

Day 6: Orlando to Miami

A travel blog entry by mmeli92


This morning we packed up our stuff again and hopped on the bus ready for Miami. When we stopped for morning tea at Port St Lucie, we got off the bus and could feel the weather getting hotter and more humid, lucky we were headed to the beach! It was a shorter trip today, which was really good to arrive there just after lunch. When we first got to …


A travel blog entry by alyce5


Yesterday morning we set off for Miami. We watched Ace Ventura: Pet Detective on the ride. So what is Miami in a few words? Beach and booze ;) Last night we did a pub crawl, going to four different bars before ending up at the nightclub Mansion. Problem was, all the girls had to wear heels for Mansion and by the time we finally made it, my feet …


A travel blog entry by adamjones


Our hotel had a shuttle offered to give rides to Sun Life Stadium and thank Thor we chose that option because the actual distance there was way longer than it looks on a map. We had until 3 before it was scheduled to leave. So instead of trying to get to South Beach and back we just decided to …

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This 3 star resort, located in the Miami Beach area of Miami Beach, is near Haulover Beach Park, Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour Beach, and Infinity Bus Lines & Tours.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHoward Johnson Plaza Hotel Dezerland Beach & Spa Miami Beach

    Reviewed by mmeli92

    A Bit Average

    Reviewed Jun 22, 2013
    by (3 reviews) Brisbane , Australia Flag of Australia

    It was small and when we got there there was randomly a hand towel in the toilet, which we had to fish out before we could use it.
    Then the next day room service kept knocking on the door for some reason. But the pool was really nice, and it was right next to the beach.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Dezerland Beach & Spa Miami Beach

    Was happy with my stay here....


    The best thing of the Hotel was that is was next to a quiet pat of the beach. I was there during Spring break and thank god obody was there to annoy me.

    The service is ok but I did not like the breakfast there. Every morning the same. The beds are good and the room is well cleaned.

    This is a good hotel to stay in for the money.

    DEMA guest was happy with everything but the hot tub


    My wife and I were pretty satisfied with the room rate. Friendly staff.

    Breakfast bar was great. In room coffee maker is in need of an upgrade.

    Sugar and cream not supplied in abundance. Two sugars and one cream for two people is not enough. I was in desperate need to use the jaccuzzi after walking all day to find out it was broken. Nice pool,great beach.

    Good hotel-would stay there again


    dezerland was a good hotel. the room was spacious. the staff was courteous. you may have to ask twice to get something fixed but it was eventually done. the room was clean. the toilet was a bit of an old model. overall it was a good hotel and my family and i would definetely stay there again. it is away from the busy part of miami beach but it you want peace and quiet then it is the place to go.

    Stay Away


    Reading the reviews of (july 6th) and A TripAdvisor User, United Kingdom (june 29th) we couldn't agree more.

    What a Dump - I Totall Agree!


    First, I will tell you that I have spent just about all of my 36 years of life living in Sarasota, Florida. I have been to a lot of popular and not so popular cities here in Florida, but never stayed in, Miami. My wife and I vacationed this year in the keys, and then on to Miami for some fun. What we got was fun in the Keys, but disapointment in Miami. Upon arriving in Miami Beach - straight from the Keys - we were impressed with the number and beauty of the many hotels along the beach.Then we arrived at our destination: The Dezerland Beach Resort and Spa, 8701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach,Fl.From the outside the place looks old and worn, but after you step inside of this place you start to ask yourself if the smell you are smelling is really black mold and mildew, or just your imagination. There is a spa below the main floor, is the mold and mildew coming from there? The smell was very hard to ignore, and almost too much. Then onto check-in. There was only one attendant there and three people in the lobby waiting to check-in. It took a good 1/2 hour to do that and the guy was not friendly. In the elevator I noticed that it was dirty, and the "Ceiling Tiles" were hanging down, almost falling out. Our room was #530.What were SOME OF our complaints: (1) The safe in the room you pay for didn't work. (2) The Bed spread had dried food on it. (3) The floor was carpetless and resonated the slightest noise from the corridors (also tiled), and the adjacent rooms. (Even just walking!) Also dirty like the bathroom, but tiles were loose in there and my wife almost fell! (4) The toilet was commercial grade, the kind you'd find in a stall (VERY NOISY/TANKLESS) (5) The bathtub had a very slow drain and you had to wade in water to shower. (6) The rooms outside view was broken rusty bicycle frames laying on their sides along with garbage and sections of unconnected 3 or 4 inch pvc pipe laying directly below on the 4th balcony. (7) Only two towels, only 1 preopened bar of soap, and 1 preopened shampoo. (8) A phone you can barely hear. (9) An old moldy smell everywhere. Garbage everywhere, a dangling electrical wire outside near water, and dead roaches and filth in the restaurant windows, and no the hot tub is still not working. I could go on for awhile, but to sum it up, go somewhere else YOU CAN GET BETTER FOR LESS!!!! Check traveler coupon/rates mags. S T A Y F A R F R O M T H I S H O L E ! ! !

    What a Dump!


    Checked into this hotel, tiles off in bathroom, dodgy electic wiring, no plug in bath, remote never worked. Changed rooms to a "superior" one, basically differerance was it had a fridge. Took 2 hours to get a couple of towels and bath plug sent to room. Safe was unsafe, It wasn`t fastened to the floor and could easily be lifted by anyone. Pool was cloudy for 3 days, reception staff said it was down to the rain but no other hotel pools were in this state. Room was bare, noisy as no carpets in, staff totally unfriendly. Checked out after 4 days, I was supposed to be stopping 2 weeks but couldn`t stand it, told the manager what a dump it was, he offered no explanation or apology, been to Miami several times and never seen anything like this anywhere, would strongly recommend people do not use this dump. View we had was smashed up furniture on patos and floating in the spa, which was luke warm and had about 2 bubbles every 10 seconds

    Be Warned


    Stayed here for 2 nights totally unimpressed staff were rude upon check in and throughout our stay we were unaware of the extra charges for car parking & safe which incidentally didn't seem particularly secure and a determined burglar could probably have got in. The only up side was the beach and its proximity, the pool needed re-tiling the hotel needs updating and the rooms need sorting out particularly the bathrooms. On the whole not a fantastic place to stay I feel sorry for any one who stays for more than 2 nights if this had been the case on our trip I think we would have moved to be closer to South Beach as the hotel is quite a distance ($20 by taxi). Didnt bother to eat any meals at the hotel for obvious reasons.

    Hell No


    Hotel did not honour non-smoking request. They make you agree to use safety box at $2.00/day. No big deal. But why don't they include that in the listing price. Roomy; lousy tv; room cleaniness-poor; bed not comfortable. Lobby is dirty. Not recommended.

    Are we the only ones who enjoyed our stay here?


    We stayed at this hotel October 2002 for 2 nights.

    Wouldn't Reccommend


    I stayed at this resort in April of 2002, and was very disappointed. The staff was not very friendly and completely unresponsive to the numerous problems we brought to their attention. Here is my trip in a nutshell:

    TripAdvisor Reviews Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Dezerland Beach & Spa Miami Beach

    2.50 of 5 stars Fair