The 10 best budget places to stay in Italy

Sawday's lady on the ground in Italy, Nicole Franchini proves that you don't have to have the funds of a Medici to enjoy the splendours of Italy. Here, she selects her top places to stay around the country from Sawday’s new Special Places to Stay: Italy guide

Hotel Gotham, Manchester: Welcome to the Batcave of the North

Manchester was a world-leading city back when New York City was still in short trousers; the neo-gothic architecture of Cottonopolis prefigures the skyscrapers of the Big Apple. Today, both have a similarly brooding atmosphere. But now, as the jewel in the crown of George Osborne's multibillion-pound “northern powerhouse” plan, a bright new sun is rising over the River Irwell. All of which left me baffled as to why Hotel Gotham has taken 1920s Manhattan as its theme. Is a theme ever necessary? 

Grätzlhotel, Vienna - hotel review

This quirky accommodation group is turning Vienna’s commercial spaces into sleek suites. Christopher Beanland checks into The Tobacconist