I am planning a major trip for later this year, 12,000 miles, 6 countries, about a dozen hotels, planes trains, and cars.
Last week I booked airline tickets, a free-be frequent flyer ticket going over and Iceland Air coming home.
This weekend I started working on hotels. I am flying into Frankfort on an overnight flight, and wanted a place to crash and sleep. I looked at options near the airport, and in the city. Google maps street view is wonderful, you can see what the neighborhood looks like before you book. I picked a comfy, American chain, 2-3 blocks from the train station in the city. It will be predictable and comfortable, what I need after an overnight flight, with lots of restaurants nearby and walk able. The next day I will take a train from Frankfort to Stuttgart, I will start looking at hotels in Stuttgart soon.
All Iceland Air flight to and from the US have a stop in Reykjavik, in my case a change of planes. They offer up to a seven day gap between one flight and the other. I opted for 25 hours. So this morning I went looking for hotels in Iceland. The Reykjavik airport is not in Reykjavik. Well there is an airport there, but the international airport is 20 miles west of Reykjavik. I looked out near the airport, at the airport, in the business district of Reykjavik, and in between. I seriously looked at a Viking Resort, kind of eclectic. We may have to try their restaurant, they have whale and foal on the menu. Be warned avoid the sheep head entree - I have seen the pictures - not for the faint of heart. I ended up booking a modern, business hotel in the outer burbs of Reykjavik and a rental car. The rental car was less then the two of us on the airport bus service. The hotel was about $100 less then the business district and about $75 less then the Viking Resort.
The Penguin likes to plan travel almost as much as he likes to travel. There will be updates on planning.