We're trying to find a hotel for our next holiday. One problem with booking in a city we've never been to is not knowing what the area is like. We booked a hotel near Heathrow Airport earlier this year but it never occurred to us that we should pick one in a nice location where we could head out in the evening for a walk.
So this time round I'm consulting Google Maps and their satellite images to get a feel for the area around the hotel. Is the hotel by a highway, or is it by a park? Is it near the coast or in the middle of an industrial area.
The downside is that Google Maps doesn't always return the correct location, so I'll have to rely on good ole faith and luck.