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Smart Luxury: 3 South Beach Hotel Steals for Summer

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Lord Balfour Hotel, MiamiMinty mojitos at every meal, beautiful beaches, and a restaurant and bar scene that attracts A-listers from around the globe. If you’re craving an oh-so-hip summer getaway, there’s no better destination than Miami’s South Beach. While enjoying this trendy sun-and-sand spot often comes at a premium, high heat means lower prices. Here, we’ve rounded up three of SoBe’s hottest hotels (plus a bonus hotel on Miami Beach) offering some of the coolest summer deals:

“Summer Special” at Sense Beach House
Summer spells an additional 25 percent off low-season savings at this boutique hotel located in the trendy South of Fifth neighborhood. From June 1 – September 30, you’ll enjoy one of the 18 beach house-influenced rooms for as little as $175 per night. Soak up some sun on the rooftop or at the beach on your complimentary lounge chair. Indulge in a bottomless mimosa brunch at the onsite bistro. Play a quick game of table tennis in The Playroom. Or stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi. (High season rates average $349/night.)

“Life’s a Beach” at Marriott Stanton South Beach
Situated on Ocean Drive’s famous sands, this recently renovated property will welcome you with not one, but two infinity-edge oceanfront pools, guestrooms with balconies that overlook the Atlantic, and conveniences like an on-property Starbucks and spa. Perks of this package include two drinks on the beach, two complimentary beach chairs and an umbrella, and Wi-Fi throughout your stay. Rates start at $309 for a standard guestroom with city view through June 30 – a good 45 percent off average high season rates. Use promo code YQ1.

South Beach Food Tour at the Lord Balfour Miami
Looking for a special foodie experience? Get a taste of spicy South Beach with this British-influenced property’s latest package. Upon arrival at the Ocean Drive escape, you’ll be greeted with a glass of Prosecco and posh accommodation for two. And don’t forget to bring a pair of comfortable shoes, because part of the deal is a 2.5-hour walking tour led by Miami Culinary Tours. While the package starts at $300 per night, which is above high season averages of $279, you’re essentially getting the food tour – worth $69 per person – for free. Plus, you’ll get to indulge in all of the amenities that come standard with a Balfour stay: complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, beach chairs and umbrellas, iPads in every room, and more. To book, follow the link from the Specials section of the website.

Grand Opening Rates at Vintro Hotel & Kitchen
If Miami Beach is more your speed, consider calling this hotel your home away from home for a long weekend. Set to open in July, 2014 and situated steps from the beach, the property’s original art deco facade remains intact, while the interiors and exteriors feature modern perks such as “voyeur” showers, Nespresso machines, and a rooftop plunge pool and steam room. Special opening rates start at $249 in July and August for luxurious amenities like twice-daily maid service, complimentary Wi-Fi, and beach chairs and umbrellas(compared with high seasons rates, which average $350 per night).

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