The Howard Johnson is a tall, white building dating back to 1956. It could do with some renovation, especially around the swimming pool, which would benefit from some freshening up, and in the spa, which could not be more kitsch if it tried. Guests will feel as though they are on a film set based in Antiquity, full of cardboard cut-outs of Greek and Roman statues, columns and Cleopatra. Still, it does come complete with a hammam, sauna, whirlpool bath, gym, massages... and a plastic surgeon. After all you are in Miami, where superficiality is the name of the game. The spa is not very welcoming, and you will need to be able to completely ignore the decor if you visit this facility.
The lobby is not very inviting either, and is a rather unfriendly space with no outstanding decor. Basically, the Howard Johnson is a place to stay only if all other options have been exhausted; otherwise, you are best off looking elsewhere.