It pays to shop for hotel packages as opposed to simply considering the basic room rate. Ranging from happy hour drinks to museum tickets, the best offerings keep things fun.

TREATS A recent Four Points by Sheraton promotion included tokens for guests to use for free appetizers and desserts. Mohegan Sun includes cocktail credits with certain room packages.

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ACTIVITIES The Revere Hotel Boston Common has an urban art package including a $24 drink credit at the venue's Emerald Lounge and two $15 tickets to the Institute of Contemporary Art.

THEMES Packages often have a theme. Germany's Regent Berlin, for example, offers a scenic driving getaway that includes the use of a stylish Mercedes-Benz vehicle stocked with full picnic supplies and fine china.