Winter stays in sleek and chic Miami Beach -- where the weather is sublime while other parts of the country are freezing -- will unsurprisingly cost you a small fortune. But if you can swing a trip during the fall shoulder season, there’s a significant dip in hotel prices that makes a comfortable escape more manageable. Case in point: Special rates as low as $119 per night at Villa Bagatelle, a new French-inspired boutique hotel open since the spring.
So what exactly do these prices get you? The rooms are more like suite-sized apartments with kitchenettes. The rooftop pool is decked out with cabanas and a hip rotating art exhibit (currently featuring graffiti artist Richard "Richie" Mirando). Afternoon tea and cocktails are served in the Bagatelle Garden; for heartier meals, Bistrot Bagatelle -- which has outposts in NYC, Sao Paulo, St. Tropez, and other destinations -- serves up dishes with local and French-Mediterranean influences. But perhaps best of all is the location. The hotel is across the street from the Bass Museum of Art, and just one block away form the beach. Let the staff know you're heading down to the sand, and they'll happily hook you up with umbrellas and chairs.