It may be cold outside, but in the streets and cafes of many great cities there is a special warmth during the winter months.
However you like your hotels, the upcoming year is sure to please, with architectural acrobatics, spectacular renovations and innovative technologies colluding to produce some fantastic new accommodation offerings.
Need a reason to take a holiday next year? Here are 17 cities to put on your list.
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This is Casanova's home town and romance is everywhere.
Any stay is special when there is water right on your doorstep.
George Clooney may have put Venice in the headlines this week, but for lesser mortals there is plenty to do in the city for free.
The food and the barman's skills with a martini glass rival stunning Mediterranean scenery.
There is no other city quite like Venice. In summer, its alleyways sink under the weight of tourists. In winter, it sinks under the weight of water; either way, this canal city is a spectacle. No trip is complete without getting lost for hours in its meandering laneways, being serenaded by a gondolier, gawping at St Mark's Square, or slurping risotto di seppie by the Grand Canal.