Peak season doesn't always mean exorbitant rates – especially with the latest series of Kimpton hotel deals. You do need to be an InTouch member and book by May 31, but the loyalty program is free to join (and includes perks like free WiFi and $10 minibar credit). Some of our favorites:
At Palomar San Francisco, all rates have a slightly smaller discount at 15% off – but hungry travelers will also enjoy a $50 dining credit. Rates run the gamut from $170 to $297 through August, with most hovering around the low $200s in the earlier months and the mid $200s later in that period. The property sits right on the edge of Union Square and boasts spacious, recently updated rooms. That said, other parts of the hotel is still undergoing renovations, so call ahead about your room location if you're concerned about noise.
Love a good off-season discount? If you can stand the heat, Palamor Phoenix, right among downtown's restaurants and bars, boasts weekend rates between $149 and $179 and weekday rates that don't go over $219. Over in Old Town Scottsdale in the Sonoran Desert, rooms at Firesky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale can be had for $109-$159. To make the deal sweeter, guests at both properties also enjoy $25 dining credit daily – we recommend you spend that on some icy cool drinks.
These rates are all prepaid and non-refundable. And, as Kimpton says, "dreaded blackout dates" like Memorial Day weekend apply, but at least they're upfront and humorous about it. To see other Kimpton deals, visit their website.
Bonus: If the sizzling temperatures are a bit too much, join Phoenix residents as they escape to neighboring but much cooler Sedona. This past winter, we highlighted the day spa at Amara Resort & Spa, another Kimpton property, as a "smart luxury" worth the splurge. If you haven't yet found some red rock R&R here, this summer's your chance – the resort's running its own "Tequila and Tan Lines" special, which includes a welcome pitcher of margaritas in rooms starting at $179 on weekdays and $259 on weekends, compared to high season rates of $379.