Love this site. It gives real life reviews from people who have actually been to the hotel you are looking at. Some of the reviews do have to be taken with a pinch of salt as it is impossible to please everyone, but you get a much more accurate picture of what to expect than you get from a travel site or the hotel direct. Booking anywhere without checking here first would be daft.
I have used this service for several years now. It is always worth checking here bofre booking, as the people who actually stay in the hotel/resort are the best people to tell you how it really is. there are always the odd one or two who just moan about anything, so it is worth reading a lot of reviews to get the true general feeling, but if you travel without checking here first, its like going on a blind date.
Before I came to know about tripadvisor.com, planning a trip for holidays always seem to be a huge headache for me. Now, booking a flight with good deals, hotels, and gathering tourist information seems so much easier and reliable. It will always be my first choice when it comes to traveling!
Having used James Villas 5 years in succession, I would feel disloyal using a competitor, we've recently returned from Cyprus (5th year) Coral Bay and would recommend James everytime, they offer professional service and an excellent choice of villas in all resorts. Can't wait till next year, and will probably be Cyprus again.
Thanks for making our holidays a home from home experience
Gill in Sunderland
Have used Trip Advisor many times and always consult the site before booking a trip or a hotel. Have used many of the hotels and restaurants listed and invariably find that the reviews stand up. Obviously, some owners slip in their own reviews and you can often spot them but when you take an average view from a number of reviews it is accurate.
Wouldnt leave home without checking Trip Advisor!
Only the most expensive hotels and restaurants receive good reviews on Tripadvisor and anything off the beaten track is never included. Try following an old-age tour group around for slightly more edgey recommendations
I always find the reviews interesting and they prove that even with a generally excellent hotel it is impossible to please all the people all the time but at least they give the reviews provenance and balance.
If you are going to visit somewhere, or stay at a hotel etc., you really should check out the reviews on Tripadvisor. As long as there are lots of reviews on the place you are looking at you should get an idea if the place is ok. You have to ignore some of the good comments as well as some of the negative ones and try and take a general picture.
I absolutely love Tripadvisor. There are always great tidbits of information on there, especially about hotels/B&Bs and things to do in a certain place. You can tell the website is well-supported -- never any foul language, any problems with the reviews. You can also select the "map view," which lets you see all of the hotels and B&Bs to chose from by location, so you know just where you'll be staying. I also love the fact that the photos are from the travelers themselves, not professional photos. The only thing I'd love to see improved is if there was always a direct link to a hotel/B&B's website right from the review page -- it'd be so easy to click over. Most of them do have websites, but for some reason they isn't always a link to it.
Great to hear what other people think and help rate your proposed trip, venue and or locations.
When one uses such sites, there will always be the Mother Grundy's who will complain, regardless of the situation. These are not to be confused with people who offer criticism in a positive way.
If I think of how many times I have cringed when overhearing a "customer" berating someone in a most unpleasant manner. I would only be too pleased to be rid of them. The downside is that they post negatively and this may have dire consequences to the Venue.
When reading the opinions, one should try to remain objective and read ALL the reviews, not only the ones that provide ammunition why "you should not".
To all the contributors, thank you for helping me choose some of the memorable moments in my life and well done TripAdvisor.
I was an ardent fan of TripAdvisor, and had submitted about 28 reviews of my own (mostly positive!). However, I twice requested that they list a restaurant which I felt was the best all-round of the many that I visited in Kefalonia during a two week holiday there. On neither occasion did I even get a reply, but the restaurant never appeared (but was mentioned by other visitors in other listings as an excellent place to go). I don't know why they won't list it (although it is still listed under it's old name - which closed down and is now under new ownership and a new name),
As a result, I emailed asking for all my listings to be removed, and my account closed. So far they have removed all my listings, but recently emailed me congratulating me on the number of reviews I had given, so I assume they have not removed my account yet!
I use trip advisor whenever we go abroad to find accommodation, amenities and just reviews of the places we want to visit. I find their service is invaluable and hopefully I do my bit by adding my reviews when I get home - great website
I have to admit, I wont book a hotel or holiday until i've checked trip advisor first and looked at the traveller pictures, it has certainly saved me from booking some shoddy hotels in the past and its about time hotels realised that the paying customers wont put up with it anymore..I really like the hotels that take the time to response to their customer complaints and attempt to rectify them and that trip advisor gives the hotel an opportunity to respond...Thank you trip advisor!
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