I am a former user of TimeOut guides. I have about 15 guides from them.
Lately, I have found TimeOut guides to be rather "poor". Lots of entries were incorrect. If one were to look at the index for restaurants, for example, the indicated page number would not be correct. This instance of shoddy work is of the Budapes 6th edition. And the map was also inaccurate.
I used TimeOut for my recent trip to Barcelona in mid Nov, I find that there are way too many pages of ads. I know that TimeOut includes a few pages of ads. However, for the Barcelona 10th edition, there were just way too many ads pages.
Still about Barcelona guide; one of the restaurants recommended by TimeOut was so unhygienic that I literally left the restaurant without eating much.
I used to like TimeOut because its maps are in color. Therefore, they were useful. Anyhow, seem like I am ranting here. I guess that I am because I encountered a bit much of inconviences because of the guides.
Anyone has any problems with TimeOut? What are your current favorite guide book publisher? Why? Any drawbacks?