Use it all the time, though very confused as to how they come up with their rankings. One holiday resort I visited recently where loads of people were reviewing every day, the number one restaurant hadn't been reviewed since 31 January apart from three reviews in Feb saying what a shame it had closed down! It has now moved to number 2 in the rankings. Makes you wonder.
I am a member of tripadvisor site and always try to leave honest and accurate reviews of the places we stay and eat in or attractions we visit. It is also a valuable resource when planniung a trip anywhere. I use it a lot for nights out, places to eat either l,ocally or somewhere we are staying and in general I find it points the way and gives good advice posted by my fellow reviewers. However, as there is no kind of verification that the person reviewing has ever actually been to the venue or attraction in question. The one place I have found where this comes to the fore has been reviews of local restaurants, it's clear on occasion that there are some less than honest folk about who allow themselves to be coerced by one establishment to leave a poor or damning review for a competitor establishment and this can have some impact on the victim establishments custom... I have seen one perfectly good restaurant, which was in the vacinity of three other competing restaurants, put out of business by poor fictitious reviews, despite them complaining to tripadvisor they saw a drastic decrease in custom which they never recoved from. So a great site but it is still reader beware, one needs to sort out the real from the fictitious and then of course add your own views in an honest unbiased way.
This has to be the worst website for travelers anywhere in the world. The whole website has to be revamped. Some of the places that are reviewed such as restaurants have photos of different places which are obviously in the place.Some are closed down and do not exist and in other cases i have been let down by reviews. This has spoilt two of my holidays in the last 18 months. I have tried to communicate with Customer services at Tripadvisor but all they seem to do is put your email on hold for 48 hours so that it looks like they are doing something but they are really not. All they do is reply time and time again to say that the reviews, photos and details meet there guidelines. looks like all they want to do is make money for Expedia and guide you towards hotels where they make most money. I prefer Lonely Planet anytime as they never get it wrong.
Tripadvisor provides a great service for travellors and customers of eateries. I love it that you see so many diverse comments about the different hotels and eating out places - it just shows how much the service can change from day to day in the individual places, but gives you the information about what to look out for in terms of possible shortcomings. I like it that Tripadvisor 'rewards' me with badges and access to different services, and that my reviews are helping other people. It is especially noteworthy to see managers of the accommodation taking note and caring what reviewers have written - this can only be a boost to the whole platform of customer relations and also must be helping places with identified 'shortcomings' to raise their games. Public feedback can potentially kill a business - so they must be worried about what people write about them; well, if they're not, then they don't deserve my custom! This has all come about through the development of Tripadvisor - long may it prevail!
TripAdvisor is the first place to visit to get a great overall view of all sorts of places, resorts, hotels, things to see, activities to join in with. Its as good as listening to the advice of friends and family. As with all things generated by human beings it is open to a whole range of opinions. So yes - read the reviews and especially look for the latest ones as places and people do change over time. Then use your own common sense and you can read between the lines. Look for reviews from similar people like yourselves e.g. couples or adults with children to see how appropriate their review is to your own situation and you shouldn't go far wrong. For instance with a restaurant review, look for references to use by locals…….if they are using the place for meeting and eating, then they are probably the best recommendation you could get. Likewise returnees to a hotel or apartment complex will be confident of what is on offer. Good researching to you all !
being relatively new to computing I stumbled across trip advisor and found it of benefit to be able to read the comments of holidaymakers. whilst we were pretty much set in our ways regarding hotel and destination we now find that we will be considering other options, it will therefore be invaluable to have first hand experience of up and downsides of various resorts. I most certainly regard the trip advisor site as one to visit before booking
I love TripAdvisor because we get the majority of our guests through their site. When I first started as a B&B a fellow guest house owner said "Don't bother paying hundreds of pounds to get star ratings from an organisation. Just wait until someone puts a comment on TripAdvisor and your business will take off". ....and that is exactly what happened. After 10 months with just 2 bedrooms, thanks to our lovely guest's reviews, we were in the Top 25 B&B's and Inns in Europe and this year after 22 months (having added a third bedroom a month before) we were voted #9 in the Top 10 B&B's in The World. We keep our standards high with a focus on our guests at all times. They respond with lovely reviews describing their experience of our B&B. Thank you TripAdvisor.
I regularly use Trip Advisor now for places to eat, stay overnight, and for days out. Often the reviews are mixed but I understand that no single place is going to please everyone. I would only avoid somewhere if the percentage of bad reviews was exceedingly high.
I strongly believe that as a result of the Trip Advisor Community's extensive reviews, that there has been a general improvement in this country in terms of the service provided in hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions. I haven't travelled abroad for several years, so do not know whether the same can be said, but suspect that it could be the case. Well Done Trip Advisor. Now how about setting up a sister company so that we can rate builders, plumbers, electricians etc? Lots of horror stories at first, no doubt, followed by a steady improvement!
I have always found researching with the aid of trip adviser a must. The reviews are a vital and informative insight for my choices. I always recommend my friends and family to do the same. I also do not pull my punches if a trip does not come up to scratch. My motto is you get what you pay for, but it does not hurt to gain a little knowledge first.
trip advisor is without doubt the best site to find information and reviews from real customers that share their experiences be them good or bad, with honest reviews and pictures you get the chance to make up your own mind about places you may be considering visiting or staying. I do lots of camping and rely on the information trip advisor provides to make the right choice of campsite. I have camped at some great sites thanks to Trip Advisor. 5 stars (no) I give them 6.
Have found Trip Adviser useful for finding all sorts of places, hotels, attractions, restaurants, etc with generally impartial reviews. It's the other little details that are useful too that don't often appear anywhere on regular websites, such as tips on where to park, ask for so and so in a particular restaurant. Will continue to use for advice and continue to leave feedback for others too, great idea.