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Hotel Howard Johnson Dezerland Beach Spa Hotel 3 star
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8701 Collins Avenue Miami, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Howard Johnson is probably not a great place to stay if you wish to make the most of Miami Beach, because the hotel is some way away. Its decor hardly makes it a place you are likely to linger, either. However, if you love beautiful old American cars and are nostalgic for the 1950s in general, sit yourself down at one of the Cadillacs in the restaurant and soak up the feel of the United States in the 1950's.

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    Location 5.0 /10

    The Howard Johnson is located on Collins Avenue, but is right at the northern end of the avenue. As it is located so far from the centre of town, a car really is a necessity here. Alternatively, you could take a taxi, but not many pass by the hotel, and in any case you risk spending a lot on fares. The beach is a few steps away from the swimming pool.

    Accommodation 5.70 /10

    The 225 guest rooms are divided into 5 categories, and all feature decor with the same old-fashioned and pretty much non-existent style. Six of the rooms are adapted for guests with reduced mobility, and some of the rooms are adjoining. There is a certain level of modern comfort, including tea and coffee-making facilities, a safe, a television, a radio alarm and an ironing board. Some of the rooms even come with their own little kitchen area. Although the rooms are of a decent size, the dimensions of the bathrooms are rather modest. The toilets are not in a separate room.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    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.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The strong point of the hotel is its typical 1950s restaurant. It is furnished with black and white tiles, old cars adapted to include a table and bench seats, 1950s decor, an old jukebox, and a period petrol station, among other things. You can even see the car owned by James Dean, or Jimmy to his friends. The restaurant is something of a museum, and is an attraction in itself. The cuisine is typically American, consisting of burgers, black coffee and grilled steaks, but also seafood and lobster. Various types of burger are on offer, including the Mexican, French and English styles as well as the obligatory American one. You can also order German beer, Martini and even the French tipple Ricard here in Miami. Breakfast comes as an American buffet. For lunch and dinner, it's up to you to choose what takes your fancy from the multilingual menu. Live music is staged here on the weekends. The restaurant is also open to the general public.

    To know

    If you happen to be in the district - which is hardly likely because there is nothing to do there - go for a drink in the restaurant, which is a veritable museum of 1950s cars. You can even admire James Dean's car there.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aerobics, beach volley, golf, jet ski, fitness, sports

    • Barber
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The decor in the restaurant, which is a museum of 1950s cars.

    disadvantages

    • It is very far from Ocean Drive
    • The rooms are very basic and devoid of decoration
    • The spa is as kitsch as can be

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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