Despite chilly weather, Boston sparkles this time of year with holiday decorations, a dusting of snow, and trendy cocktail lounges and cafes to warm up at. Plus, plunging temps usually translate into plunging prices. We especially like the recent Renaissance Boston Waterfront promotion, which takes advantage of the city's craft-beer scene, as an example of why travelers should head to Bean Town in the coming weeks.The 491-room hotel's Boston Brews on the Waterfront deal offers rates as low as $189 for Thursdays through Sundays from now till December 30. A free guided brewery tour and tasting ($5 value) at the Harpoon Brewery across the street is also included -- just be sure to book the tour seven days in advance. To extend the experience, guests will also enjoy a beer amenity at turndown. It's a great steal, considering you’d pay between $450 and $650 per night for select dates during the current high season. And if you're looking for a moody New England winter experience, the property's Congress Street location along the water will definitely deliver.
The savings are best in December. We found the $189 rate available December 18-21 and December 25-29. Stays during November 27-30 and December 11-14 are just $10 more, while December 4-7 weekend will cost you $229.
That said, if brews aren't you're thing, you can skip the package and save even more. Pay just $143 for pre-paid, non-refundable stays from November 25-29, or $135 from December 19-30.