As we enter August and the last few weeks of summer, it's one of the best times of the year to hit Miami thanks to thinning crowds and families packing up to return to school. What's more, scores of hotels are slashing their rates for this month and September. Case in point: the 148-room Viceroy Miami, which is offering rates from $209 per night in a Some Like It Hot deal.Running through September 30, the package includes a complimentary upgrade (based on availability), poolside pitcher of mojitos, and spa kit with protein enzyme toner, lip balm, and after-bath moisturizer. We found the $209 rates available all throughout August and September for Viceroy king rooms -- and, yes, weekends are included. The only exceptions are August 8 and 22, plus September 28-30, when rates are just a bit more from $229.
For comparison, standard rates throughout these two months are from $170 -- but exclude those neat extras, which we estimate to be valued around at least $50. And they're a nice discount from autumn and early winter, when rates fall anywhere between $216 and $599.
The Viceroy is just a short drive from the Port of Miami and South Beach. Its rooms sport sleek floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms and antiqued mirror and brass closet doors. And while some rooms showcase views of downtown or the water, one of the best seats in the house is at the onsite 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar, where guests dine beside picture-perfect views of the bay. The hotel also touts Florida's longest infinity pool, spanning 300 feet on its rooftop overlooking Biscayne Bay, complete with a life-size Alice in Wonderland-style chess set.
And just because the special package includes some spa goodies doesn't mean you should skip a trip to the hotel's spa altogether. We're quite enamored with its water lounge -- featuring a floating library, hot and cold plunge pools, reflecting pond, giant yellow chandeliers, and decadent white sofas that could easily feel at home in a modern-day Versailles. While you're relaxing pre-treatment in one of the pools, you'll also have views of the bay unfolding before you from floor-to-ceiling windows.