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TripAdvisor Warns of Fake Hotel Reviews

How Do You Decide Which Hotel Gets Your Reservation?

Star-ratings, online reviews from strangers, recommendations from friends, and guide books are all good methods for deducing information about potential accommodations on your next vacation.

While travel site TripAdvisor warns that some hotels have been posting fake reviews, the vast majority of the reviews are from legitimate customers and they're getting the fake-review situation under control. Overall, the system is credible. Do you read through reviews before booking a reservation, or do you primarily rely on other resources to make your final decision?

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i use a bunch of difference sources when i make my decision. i'll use, tripadvisor, the site itself, and any other sites that i can find to make sure that i'm getting a good sense of rates, and hopefully a good idea on reviews. i also typically stick with chains that i've stayed at in the past that i know should have a certain level of cleanliness, and staff, and all those other great things that you hope for.
mek123 mek123 8 years
I use Trip Advisor with a grain of salt. If all the reviews are positive I know something is probably up. Right now I'm in New York on vacation and picked the hotel based on chain (got to get those Marriott reward points) and reviews, weighing in with the pro and con for each place.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
and i do check trip advisor for reviews of hotels as i'm calling as well - one with a crappy set of reviews won't get my call to begin with
skigurl skigurl 8 years
whichever is cheapest! i call a bunch of places within the same "range", ie: if i'm having a romantic weekend i choose a couple boutique hotels, or if its drinking with the girls, i call a couple motels or holiday inns etc. and whatever one is cheapest, i choose it i make sure that my shortlist includes all reasonably similar hotels and all being clean etc.
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