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Katarina Kovacevic is a freelance travel writer specializing in hotels and resorts. She's the author of The Food Lovers' Guide to Phoenix & Scottsdale and founder/editor of Style Jaunt, a blog about fashionable travel. Her work has appea...

2012 summer hotel deals

Summer’s official kickoff is still a few weeks away, but summer travel deals in the US are already heating up. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of free room nights and discounted rates at some of the country’s top hotels and resorts.

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Summer’s official kickoff is still a few weeks away, but summer travel deals in the US are already heating up. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of free room nights and discounted rates at some of the country’s top hotels and resorts.

ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, Florida

ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa in South Florida is offering the fourth night free this summer. Along with the room deal, you’ll get complimentary Wi-Fi, no resort fee and a beach and pool experience that includes beach cruisers, chairs and umbrellas, chilled scented towels and infused flavored water. ONE Bal Harbour is a luxury resort, but it’s also kid-friendly, with a sand dune play area and menu designed specifically for little ones at the hotel’s new restaurant, Mister Collins.

ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, Florida

Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Boston

Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Boston

Fans will love Millennium Bostonian Hotel’s Red Sox Package. Starting at $549 per night, the special includes superior-plus accommodations with views of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, two centerfield bleacher tickets to a Sox game, a welcome bag and two $25 breakfast vouchers to North 26 Restaurant and Bar. After the game, stroll through Boston’s North End, walk the Rose Kennedy Greenway, or shop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. They’re all just steps away from the Millennium Bostonian Hotel.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

For a summer vacation that feels worlds away but doesn’t require a passport, check out Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas. Ideal for divers, the resort is offering a savings of 30 percent with a five-night Stay & Dive Package. You can reserve the basic deal for $1,731 or an all-inclusive package for $2,870. Both rates are for two people and include taxes and resort fees; two six-dive passes with the St. Thomas Diving Club; scuba gear rental; a sail on Bolongo’s 53-foot catamaran for a swimming with turtles excursion or sunset cocktail cruise; and non-motorized water sports like paddle boards and wind surfers.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas

Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

Ditch the heat and opt for San Francisco’s temperate summer weather with rates starting at $165 this summer at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. It’s a fantastic urban destination in the quaint Union Square neighborhood, with some of the city’s best dining. Relax at Bar Drake with the speakeasy-style Bar Drake or, up on the 21st floor, at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, with a 360-degree view that encompasses brilliant sunsets and rolling fog, city lights and landmarks from Telegraph Hill to the Bay Bridge. Quiet dinners are best enjoyed at Scala’s Bistro, which is helmed by executive chefs and Bravo's Top Chef contestants Jen Biesty and Tim Nugent.


The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

The Family Fun Pack at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa starts at just $169 per night. Check in at the Kierland Mining Co., where your kiddos receive clues for The Compass scavenger hunt. Poolside family activities like lawn chess and basketball will entertain the whole crew, who can also enjoy outdoor game tables, a 110-foot waterslide, and RC Car race tracks. You’ll receive a $100 daily resort credit that you can put toward a day at Kid’s Club as well as dining, golf or pampering at Agave, the Arizona Spa.

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The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

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