Hi, im only 17 so its up to you if you listen to my advice, but a few years ago we stayed at the Dezerland. Now, on first arrival i was like wow this is great because i was probably 14/15 and the time and old american style cars in the reception area and restuarant seemed to appeal to me for some reason. But after one night there my mind was changed! The rooms were nothing special, the hotel seemed a little old and it seemed very noisy in the evening time whilst we tried to sleep. It wasnt the best nights sleep i ever had and i woke up really early.
I would never stay at a Howard Johnson again! We live near the beach in Florida and I booked a room with a pull out couch and a "suite"....because my Daughter was having a birthday party for her 13th B-day. We were "assured" that the room was clean and renovated....in fact, they said it had just won an award for being the BEST hotel on Fort Myers Beach......WRONG!
The room was filthy....the pull out couch was so dirty, I wouldn't let my DOG even NEAR it!
The girls enjoyed themselves anyways....they were just kids...but I slept in my clothes and I put sheets over every piece of furniture! The outside of the hotel looks very nice...we KNEW it wouldn't be "the Ritz" or even a Best Western even....but it was HORRIBle....and Customer Service didn't even respond....except to say they were sorry we didn't have a good time.....yeah....but the ANTS that were everywhere had a GREAT time with our Birthday cake! SO....go anywhere else! A Hampton Inn, a private little B & B.....any other budget hotel....but NOT Howard Johnson....They should be ashamed of themselves....but apparently they are owned by a group of businessmen and are just in it for the money....so they don't care....I don't think they would stay at any of their hotels if you paid them! OK, I have said my peace! ha Miami has some great little private hotels and lots of other "name" brand hotels...Holiday Inn, even the Hyatt was only $100 a night during the off season. Good luck! If you can...go through AAA. They usuallly do a good job with hotels.
Well - July 03, I booked my family in the Howard Johnson's right by the port of Miami. Bad move - as we drove up, my husband and I looked at each other and say - no way are we staying here. First - security wire all around the entire property. Front desk area dirty. We figured if we stayed overnight - our car would be stolen. The rooms were filthy. Never again would I book at a Howard Johnson's hotel.