Some Leading Hotels More Leading Than Others
We've got a special place in our hearts for any hotel that takes up a whole island, which gives the San Clemente Palace Hotel & Resort in Venice an unfair advantage when we talk about it. It's a ten-minute motorboat ride from Piazza San Marco and apparently it's not only the sexy hotel-on-an-island thing that's making guests happy.
In fact, San Clemente has also just won the Leading Hotels of the World "Guest Recognition Award of Excellence" for 2008, as well as being voted the best hotel in Europe from the group (out of a total of 250 hotels) and the second best hotel in the world.
Since they've got a New Year's Eve package going that sounds like a good time to try it out--the two-night New Year's Eve deal includes dinner and dancing, casino entry and breakfast for €1,276 ($1,600) for the two nights. Not cheap, but you get your own island, remember? No sharing with thousands of gondola-hunting tourists--we think it could be worth it.