Hilton Hotels, from $123 per room per night
The Woman of the Year Mother's Day package includes a bouquet of flowers in your room upon arrival, breakfast or brunch for two, and accommodations at one of two Hilton properties. The 267-room Doubletree Hotel Boston-Downtown is located in the theater district, two blocks from the Boston Common and the Public Garden, across the street from the New England Medical Center, and within walking distance to the Freedom Trail. Airport-hotel transfers are not provided; expect to pay $25 each way for a taxi. The 197-room Doubletree Club Hotel Boston-Bayside is next to the Boston Bayside Expo & Conference Center. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, about five miles away. Rates start from $123 per room per night.
When: May 10-11, 2008.
Details: Taxes are an additional 12.45 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. To book, use code MDP.
Contact: 800/222-8733, hiltonfamilyboston.com.
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, from $199 per room per night
The Pay Your Birth Year package includes one night at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers at the $199 room rate—and a second night at a rate equal to the last two digits of the year you were born. (If you were born in 1950, you pay $50.) The historic 950-room downtown hotel has undergone several renovations since opening in 1927. It's adjacent to the Public Garden and has eight restaurants and lounges, including Todd English's Bonfire Steakhouse, Swans Café, and McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant. Rates for the first night start at $199 per room. This special offers savings of more than $100 for the second night, depending on the year you were born.
When Through Dec. 30, 2008. The $199 rate is available May 23-30, June 29-July 3, Aug. 31-Sept. 12, Nov. 23-30, and Dec. 14-30.
Details: Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 12.45 percent. Based on double or single occupancy. Must be 18 to qualify for the offer, and you must present ID to verify your birthday. The minimum and maximum stay for this promotion is two nights. To book, refer to the rate code BIRTH.
Contact: 800/225-2008, bostonparkplaza.com.
Hotel Marlowe, from $329 per room per night
The Baseball as America package includes one night at Hotel Marlowe and breakfast for four (valued at up to $100) at Bambara, a Cambridge, Mass., restaurant serving a New American menu. You'll also score four VIP passes to the Museum of Science, featuring the "Baseball As America" exhibit, and classic baseball treats, Cracker Jacks and soda. Two Kimpton Kids Kits, which include a sudsy bath sponge, a deck of Kimpton playing cards, a yo-yo, a kids' luggage tag, a coloring pad with crayons, and a Kimpton Kids backpack, round out the offer. The hotel sits on the bank of the Charles River in Cambridge, across from downtown Boston. The venue's eclectic style is reflected in the decor of its 236 rooms—a mix of gold, crimson, and blue hues, plush velvet fabrics, and animal-print carpeting. Rates start at $329 per room per night. Note that $329 is the typical room rate during peak season, so this package provides the added value of breakfast for four and the VIP museum tickets.
When: June 15-Sept. 1, 2008.
Details: Taxes are an additional 12.45 percent. Based on occupancy by one to four people. If you're driving, nightly rates are $20 for self-parking and $30 for valet.
Contact: 800/825-7140, kimptonhotels.com.
The Liberty Hotel, from $385 per room per night
The 298-room Liberty Hotel is wedged between a six-mile-long yard, known as the Charles River Esplanade, and the renowned antiques shopping center at Beacon Hill. It's a lovely setting, particularly during the summer, when the hotel is offering two packages. The Esplan-aaahhh-de Weekend Fun Package includes one night's luxury accommodations in a "Fantastic" room (you can choose between a king-size bed or two double beds); a bicycle rental from the hotel; complimentary use of Frisbee, bocce ball, or Wiffle ball sets; and discounts on sailboat or kayak rentals at Community Boating. Rates start at $385 per room per night. The Swing! Batter, Batter! package includes one night in a "Spectacular" room with a view of the city's landmark neon Citgo sign and the lights at Fenway Park, a Boston Red Sox 2007 World Series Collectors' Edition DVD set, a Wiffle ball set, and two tickets to the "Baseball As America" exhibit at the Museum of Science. Rates start at $425 per room per night. By booking either of these packages, you'll save an average of 10-15 percent off the regular room rate.
When: June 15-Sept. 1, 2008.
Details: Neither package includes breakfast. Taxes are an additional 12.45 percent. Based on double or single occupancy.
Contact: 866/507-5245, libertyhotel.com.
Getting there: The lowest round-trip fares we've found on a recent SideStep search for departures around Mother's Day are $220 from L.A. (American Airlines), $224 from New York City (JetBlue), $231 from Chicago (AirTran), $273 from Miami (US Airways), $326 from Seattle (Northwest), and $372 from Houston (AirTran). For departures in late June, fares start from $144 from New York (JetBlue), $246 from Chicago (JetBlue), $283 from Miami (US Airways), $316 from Houston (US Airways), $380 from Seattle (Continental), and $389 from L.A. (AirTran).