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Old 03-06-2010, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Miami, Florida
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this is my favorite sites for researching reviews of hotels, destinations etc. Great forum
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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I agree - it is FABULOUS. I don't make a booking for a hotel before I go to tripadvisor and get the best price for the highest rated property!!

I have also found some really great out of the way gems for dining on there!
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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I like it too, but you have to read over several opinions to make a decent judgment. I laugh when I read somebody outraged that, say, a Hampton Inn doesn't have room service...hello? It's a different type of hotel!
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:23 PM
 
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Agreed! I go to hotels.com, travelocity- whatever....and before I book, I check out tripadvisor for reviews.

Always remember to 'review' your stay...that way the site stays up to date.
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:57 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I read the reviews, but don't base my decision to stay at a particular hotel solely on those. Some people will complain about any little thing. I think my favorite to date is the person who went to Krakow and complained about the tv playing only Polish channels. Also, it's been known for hotel staff to write positive reviews to boost up the ratings of their hotels.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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The good part about Trip Advisor is that it gives you some idea of what you will get when you stay at a particular hotel or resort.

However, for it to be useful, you need to spend a while looking at a couple of dozen reviews to get a reasonable picture of the hotels.

So many people post such petty concerns about anything that was not perfect. My favorite was a person who complained that they would not let her keep the room for an additional FIVE hours on a holiday weekend at NO CHARGE.

It is pretty easy to determine when the hotels are being reviewed by their staff. Generally, they are not very good at hiding their affiliation.
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:37 PM
 
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My favorite site for trip planning, with Virtual Tourist a close second. I actually found CD through TA, as I was looking for something where you could learn what it was like to live in a city, not just travel in it. I just happened upon someone on TA mentioning CD. Their forums are Trying different google searches didn't turn up CD oddly enough.
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:30 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I like Tripadvisor, Virtual Tourist, and Eurotrip. There are many others, but those are my favorites. (The last one is more for backpackers, cheap airfare, and budget trip-planning.)

I do agree that you have to sort of read through the lines of some of the reviews in Tripadvisor. Some guests are petty, and some of the reviews just sort of ring false. I do not make a hotel decision solely on Tripadvisor reviews.
But they help.
And the forums are helpful for logistics.

I think CD could (if they wanted) be a competitive force in the online travel forum world, posts from here have shown up for me while googling.
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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I've mentioned the Trip Advisor site to several questioners on this forum. However, the moderator of the "Maryland" forum deleted my post, claiming I was violating the City-Date rules about "advertising" other sites. The moderators of other States' forums however don't seem to mind my mentioning "Trip Advisor" so I will continue to do so, whenever I think it will be of help.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:19 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I've mentioned the Trip Advisor site to several questioners on this forum. However, the moderator of the "Maryland" forum deleted my post, claiming I was violating the City-Date rules about "advertising" other sites. The moderators of other States' forums however don't seem to mind my mentioning "Trip Advisor" so I will continue to do so, whenever I think it will be of help.
This happened to me a couple years ago, when CD wanted no mention of what could be perceived as competition. I had a Tripadvisor post deleted.
In the Florida forum, I even posted the website of a hole-in-the-wall oyster eatery and it was deleted.
I think the rules have relaxed a bit, but maybe they still look at such things on a case-by-case basis.
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