I think it is a great idea in principle to rate a restaurant, the fact is that (not your fault) it is difficult to assess how honest and unbiased the reviews are, how sensitive is the palate of the reviewer is. It is very democratic that everyone has an input but not everyone has the same standards. For instance (not disrespect) I read quite often less experienced reviewers going to a particular restaurant saying that was the best Tai, Chinese , Italian etc. in the Country. In order to do that, I guess, you have to have visited at least 80 % of all restaurants of that particular cuisine. I find that slightly over- eager.
Whenever I follow Trip Advisor’s top rated restaurants quite a number of times, I get disappointed about the quality of the food and the big hole in my pocket. It works better when I pick restaurants in the middle of the classification!
On my persona
I always write reviews that are unbiased, honest and with a touch of humour where possible. I remember reading a professional reviewer of someone saying that when he was writing a review, he would write it like the reader was with him in the restaurant and that is what I try to do myself
A while ago I wrote to you but received no reply about what I think personally regarding the rating system which I believe should be reviewed as follows: 1 star should change from terrible to poor because poor already encompasses very low standards and is a little gentler, or elevate the score from 5 to 6 stars
1 Poor 2 Average 3 Good 4 Very Good 5 Excellent.
The passage from average to very good is too wide and as a matter of fact quite a few of my reviews although I rate them as 3 stars, I always mention in the actual review that the reader should read it as 3 and a half.
On free interpretation
If it’s true that I am among the top worldwide 12 % most read reviewer, when are you going to employ me? !
P.S. In reference to what I said earlier read 3 and an half instead of 3.
I find TripAdvisor helpful in booking accommodation and seeking out good places to eat at the destination I'm travelling too. It shows what people who really use the service think. Sometimes you do have to watch out for contributors who have had a specific problem with an establishment and will use the site to moan and have a bit of a rant without being objective. You will still encounter problems, that is part of travel. In writing my own reviews I try and give positives as well as negatives. It is important to reflect why you have enjoyed a particular service and rather than just criticise, offer constructive suggestions that could offer an improvement in service for the future.
I am so glad I joined face book as we don't book a holiday or resurant before checking the ratings on trip advisor. I know you have to form your own judgment but it's like reading the gazette in travel agents years ago of what resorts and accommodation is like.
TripAdvisor to me is a worthy, helpful online source of information. Everytime I plan a holiday I check TA first and see if the place, hotel or area is there. So far I have found several places that I enjoy very much the most favourite of mine is at Sea Palling where I have found the owners of the establishment are wonderful and I have decided to have a short stay there at least once a year. I have already been in touch for this year so everything is arranged. If I hadnot been a member of TA I would never known about this delightful spot. Now I am a top contributer, I will still review the places I stay at so that other members can look/stay in the wonderful spots that I review. TripAdvisor is the only one I look at and the only one that helps me with my holiday plans.Thank you so much TA.
I never feel the need to look any further than Tripadvisor for balanced and informative reviews of places to stay or visit. The wealth of information contained in the reviews enables me to pick and choose what is right for my family. I find that all of the reviews have something to offer whether positive or negative. In fact I believe that the feedback from reviewers is invaluable simply due the subjective nature of what is written by the Tripadvisor community for the Tripadvisor community. What I want to read about is real opinions on real experiences and I feel that I get that with Tripadvisor.
I wouldn't book or travel to anywhere without first consulting TripAdvisor. It is written by people who care that you have the best experience. It is full of information which is not available anywhere else. It is the most important TOOL you will need and appreciate. It is an easy website to trawl and has upto date information.
When I'm looking for travel information I need reviews from travellers who have gained first hand experience and can reccomend or not a hotel, restaurant, airline or other means of travel or alternative accommodation. I find the reviews are mostly accurate and mostly unbiased. I have stayed in some great budget hotels that have had both bad reviews and good reviews and have found that occaisionally some reviewers expect 5 star service from a 3 star hotel. I find it a great help to recieve first hand information and so I now write some reviews of hotels I have stayed in, to help other travellers.
I often have a look at trip advisor even when family book hotels etc. as I find that people that have been places are the ones who know best and can help improve the holiday with personal knowledge and best places to visit shop eat etc. and also have nothing to gain from telling of their experiences Trip advisor is excellent for this reason.
I love using TripAdvisor, whether I'm looking for advice on a place to stay or visit, telling complete strangers about my (mostly!) wonderful experiences, or just browsing some of the wonderful sights around the world that other people have felt compelled to share with their fellow travellers, it's a site which I find a joy to use and peruse.
Well go on its worth it to have piece of mind when your not sure where to go .its advise on what to expect when youre not sure you know. Trip adviser is something unique and very helpfull too. but remember this and ignore or be a fool, we all have different thoughts about travel so what a wonderfull tool. so what more do you want and what do you want to know for honest open thoughts on where you'd like to go.
You have to be careful. Generally, I think most people only do good reviews, unless they have a very bad experience. They do not want to damage someone's business too much just because they had a bad experience. You have to 'aim off' when reading reviews to allow for that. It is also impossible to judge whether the standards and tastes of reviewers are similar to yours. I tend to be influenced by reviews if the consensus is either exceptionally good or exceptionally bad
I would always go to TripAdvisor first to get an informed view from people who have actual first-hand experiences. Sometimes you get varying opinions, but if you take the time to read a good selection, you can usually tell if they are just having an off-day or if you need to avoid. I've used it for looking up hotels, restaurants and bars and if i have a negative experience it is good to just let people know what they might be letting themselves in for. On the flip-side of that, constructive criticism keeps companies on their toes, after all, they are in the hospitality business.
I write a review for every place I visit and I read reviews before I visit places. This way I can get an idea of everywhere from a fast food diner to a posh restaurant or a campsite to a 5 star hotel. Everyone has different tastes and each opinion gives an idea of what each place offers. This is great so a visit can be planned with the knowledge that you will get what you want instead of booking something and being disappointed. I wish I had discovered Trip Advisor years ago and I would recommend everyone to use it to read and write reviews.
Trip advisor are spot on. I've been using them for at least 8 years now. Nearly always impeccable advice from others and we end up with somewhere worth going to, or some hotel worth staying in, or some restaurant worth eating in. Thanks Trip advisor