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“Not the best place I have ever stayed” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

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Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   8701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33154 (Formerly Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa)   |  
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Ranked #169 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
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“Not the best place I have ever stayed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came to Miami for the Battlefrog Race that was at a nearby park. Otherwise I would never stay in Hialeah. No one speaks english in Haileah.
Anyway, the hotel is super run down. The gym is 3 pieces of equipment, not even enough to work out with. The business center is not free and by no means is it cheap. The pool was dirty and had a chair in it. The hot tub was not hot. The bartender left me sitting for 10 minutes before serving me a drink, It was only me and another gentlemen in the bar. He called her over and she looked at him, then ignored him. She was talking to some of her friends at a nearby table. The rooms were okay, but they only stocked me decaf coffee. errr
The shuttle did work and that saved me $30 so I am happy about that.
Last thing, the location sucks. The nearby mall is crap for shopping, the only part is the applebees bar inside. It's a pretty good place for a drink and a game. If you want to get to South Beach, it is about an hours worth of travel by public transportation.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I booked this hotel as it was a fair price and a good location.
After parking and going to our room we noticed the hotel wasnt exactly up to date. It seemed ok, with a fridge in the room.
There was a few dints in the walls, the door lock was tired and the bathroom was clearly very old.
This is the first time Ive been to a hotel where there was a clump of crusty clotted blood on my bed. I saw it in time before jumping on. A replacement blanket was sent up with a rather large grumpy looking security man.
I dont think we'll be stopping by again this year.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I have state at this particular HoJo on two occasions. It was refreshing to see the second time around that the hotel had done a renovation/redecoration. The first time I was there the creepy people statues used to scare the poop out of me!!

My only down side is the breakfast. It is pretty good, just a bit more excitement would be better :)

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

It's not your 5 star all inclusive hotel or resort, but the great staff made you feel like it. Didn't have any issues. We drove to Miami and walked into the hotel. They gave us the best room available at the best rate. Waived the daily fees and also gave a free night! If you don't mind a little roughness, this hotel is perfect!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

The hotel has a great view of the ocean, if your room is on the correct side of the hotel. The towel service is good, and they offer tours too.
What really pissed me off though was that housekeeping staff stole some of our things, and knocked over several of our things while cleaning the room without caring to put them back. We complained and talked to a reassuring employee but in the end nothing happened (we were promised they would contact us). Would stay here again if I could bolt all my things to the floor/wall.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Great value hotel only around $100 a night and you really get what you pay for reasonable bed fairly large room the air conditioner worked well but sounded like a Mack truck bathroom hasn't been updated since the 1970's great view from the room of North Miami beach no verandah saline all a good value beach hotel to enjoy the city

Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Not the newest hotel. Not the hottest South Beach location. But a great alternative if you do not want bad surprises for something unknown. Good hotel, good location, nice overall structure. The good classic building is just at the beach and between Bal Harbour and South Beach.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North

Address: 8701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33154 (Formerly Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa)
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Top resorts Hotel in Miami Beach
#102 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach North 2.5*
Number of rooms: 225
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Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Dezerland Beach Miami Beach
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Dezerland Beach And Spa
Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa
Howard Johnson Miami Beach
Miami Beach Howard Johnson

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