In the past BC (short-hand for before computers and the internet), hotels were booked through the use of Fodor's, Frommer's, or by asking at the front desk for a recommendation in the next town. Now AC (after computers make it all so easy), I can go on-line and choose from a number of booking agencies that list all the hotels in the area, google map the destinations, and then list all the amenities and reviews.
The computer prints out the confirmation.
For instance, Will and I are travelling from Paris to Bordeaux, a distance of five hours. Booking.com lists hotels in the St.Emilion area, ranging in price from 40 euros to 400 euros. I was able to see pictures of the room, google map my destination, and check for parking and free internet connect. You can make the room reservation and incur no cancellation fee up to two days prior to the reservation. I got a room at Logis Hostellerie Du Château De Roques for 90 euros.
Let's see how it works.