I love Trip Advisor – I do. I really, really do. And I never make a hotel booking without first checking what Trip Advisor contributors have to say about that hotel. There are always the odd reviews out where people have an ax to grind, but if you read the reviews with a practiced eye, you will get a very good idea of what to expect.
But by far – BY FAR – the best part of a day toodling around Trip Advisor are the reviews. There are normal reviews – these are actually reviews of hotels that give you all the information you need along with some extras in order to make a proper travel decision.
Reviews like this one for the Westin in Guangzhou. It covers everything – neighborhood, reception staff, cleanliness, breakfast, and the need for a toilet plunger. It’s professional, informative, and could be transferred to a guidebook, quite frankly.
But then there are the special reviews – and you are lucky if you run across them. I do wish that Trip Advisor had a special section where you could just click away and read, for instance, about that time someone found a poo in their hotel kettle.
Or the people who just can’t be satisfied that the color of the Golden Gate Bridge is not exactly as pictured.
And I really, really, really think everyone should take a moment to be astounded at some of the people who have taken time to view Auschwitz.
Really – those reviews are way better than that time I wrote about the Tucson Sheraton in Seussical rhyme.