Summer savings: Scorching hot deals for July and August in LA, NY, and more popular U.S. cities

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Scoring an amazing hotel deal isn't always about where you go -- sometimes, it's about when you go. Many hotels will drastically slash rates for dates with low occupancy, so if you're flexible about when to take your summer vacation, you can pay rock-bottom prices at first-rate properties. We've scoured Oyster's inventory and found the lowest prices during July and August at some of our favorite urban hotels, so take a look and get ready to book -- these prices won't last.

Pool at the London West Hollywood

Pool at the London West Hollywood

$249/nt: The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles

  • Highest price: $339/nt
  • Lowest price: $249/nt
  • Super sale dates: July 1-6
  • You save: $90/nt (27%)

Just off the Sunset Strip, the London offers the highest levels of luxury and service at reasonable prices. With 200 beautifully appointed, 750-square-foot rooms, a rooftop pool and fitness area with panoramic views, and a restaurant from star chef Gordon Ramsay, the hotel attracts a sophisticated set who expect service as great as the value. See more Los Angeles hotel deals

$151/nt: Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston

  • Highest price: $317/nt
  • Lowest price: $151/nt
  • Super sale dates: August 25-31
  • You save: $166/nt (52%)

Opened in 2008, the 150-room Fairmont Battery Wharf has great harborside views, attentive service, spacious standard rooms, a celebrated restaurant, and a location on the site of one of Boston’s most historic wharves. Overall, it’s a great harborfront pick. See more Boston hotel deals

$144/nt: Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando

  • Highest Price: $259/nt
  • Lowest price: $144/nt
  • Super sale dates: August 19-31
  • You save: $115/nt (44%)

Modeled after an East African safari lodge, with giraffes and gazelles that freely roam the grounds, the 762-room Animal Kingdom Lodge will make the kids go wild. With a massive pool, free children’s activities, a knowledgeable staff, and an excellent gym, it’s one of Disney’s best properties, but the free shuttle buses to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom take 10-25 minutes. See more Orlando hotel deals

$204/nt: Betsy Hotel, Miami

  • Highest price: $286
  • Lowest price: $204
  • Super sale dates: August 22-27
  • You save: $82/nt (29%)

After a $40 million overhaul, the Betsy reopened in 2009 with a beautiful rooftop spa and solarium, a renowned restaurant (BLT steak), and bright, charming rooms. The pool’s a bit disappointing, and the rooms aren’t as large as the Mondrian’s, but for tasteful luxury and a rare dose of tranquility on Ocean Drive, this is where it’s at. See more Miami hotel deals

$266/nt: 60 Thompson, New York City

  • Highest price: $410/nt
  • Lowest price: $266/nt
  • Super sale dates: July 1-5
  • You save: $144/nt (35%)

A 100-room boutique with an inventive design, attentive service, a chic restaurant, and an exclusive rooftop bar, 60 Thompson epitomizes swank, SoHo hip. Its location amidst prime shopping, dining, and all-night debauchery helps keep it at the top of the cool meter. See more New York hotel deals

$295/nt: Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

  • Highest Price: $495/nt
  • Lowest price: $295/nt
  • Super sale dates: July 2-5; July 16-18
  • You save: $200/nt (40%)

With astounding views from elegant, spacious rooms high up in a Financial District skyscraper and the best in pampering service, this Mandarin Oriental lives up to its luxury reputation. The downtown location makes it best for business travelers; others may miss notable extras like a spa or top restaurant. But the rooms and service are hard to beat. See more San Francisco hotel deals

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