Post # 1
We are going to the Riviera Maya right after the wedding, we booked our trip about a month back and just like my dress the second thoughts kept creeping into my head lol. So now I am constantly on tripadvisor reading the reviews, thankfully most of the reviews are awesome but I end up dwelling on the bad ones. Any other bees out there? Or am I the only worry wart?
oh and in case you are wondering this is what I browse EVERY day lol
Post # 3
I travel a fair amount and I find Trip Advisor reviews very hit or miss. I find the Fodors and Flyertalk forums to be much more helpful.
Post # 4
I’m right there with you but only because I’m planning our honeymoon.
Post # 5
I planned our DW at The Westin Aruba and I was always on Tripadvisor checking out the reviews every week! Just like you I dwelled on the bad ones, but there were tons more GREAT ones. I think it’s what you make of it yourself really! Sometimes people like to complain and are never pleased (thats who I think write the bad reviews).
It’s funny because I was going to write a GREAT review on Tripadvisor this week of our experience in Aruba!
Post # 6
@ Jingle yeah I totally think the bad reviews come from really hard to please people!! I am also planning on writing a very detailed review when I come back!!
Post # 7
I always read tripadvisor reviews before booking. It hasn’t failed me yet!
Post # 8
I read my resort reviews once a week and then about 2 weeks before our honeymoon, I checked almost everyday. Also, before i booked our excursions, I check tripadvisor first. I now check it for most of the activities I do now in the city I live in.
Yeah, it is hit or miss with the reviews but the good ones are usually really helpful. I just skip over the bad ones.
Post # 9
I have really relied on TripAdvisor for planning our honeymoon. Looking forward to see how it turns out!
Post # 10
I think it’s important to try several different sources. And I believe that when Trip Advisor started out, it was a great idea. Unfortunately, a lot of people use it for purposes other than what’s intended. Here’s a great blog post about it.
Post # 11
We are going to Cancun for our Honeymoon and I too have been checking Tripadvisor every day. I’m obsessed!
Post # 12
I am on all the time as well, stalking reviews of the places we’re going for our honeymoon as well, lol.
@Bliss Honeymoons: It’s totally true that reading all those reviews of places we’ve never been to makes us feel a little more secure about the “unknown”. I guess we have to take everything with a grain of salt!
Post # 13
I’ve used TripAdvisor for a number of years now, along with a few other review sites. I suggest looking very closely at the reviewers’ profiles. For example, one of my favorite hotels in NYC got some nasty reviews about noise levels, size of the room, and the hotel feeling crowded… the couple were in their late 60s, on their first trip to NY, and were from South Dakota!
Basically, compare reviews from TA with other sites, and take them with a grain of salt. My favorite TA feature is when people can reccommend nearby restaurants and points of interest, particularly ones I would never have found myself.
Post # 14
Oh I love Trip Advisor! It’s one of my first stops when FI and I are planning a trip….the hotel, where to go, where to eat…especially when we can’t find any personal recommendations. I think alot of reviews are people who love to criticise…..but I think some could be from employees too. I take them all with a grain of salt and know that every experience is different and just look for the general path of comments (mostly good? hot and cold?) , but I rely heavily on user reviews for almost all of my purchases nowadays!! Cell phones, appliances, cars, clothes. I live on the internet!! LOL
Post # 15
I love it because you can get a general feel through photos what the hotel actually looks like and such, but I always am skeptic about what is being said because what one person may not like I might and vice versa.
Post # 16
I love trip advisor! I used it to find the hotel we stayed in on the first night of our honeymoon before we left on a cruise. I try to look at a hotel’s overall reviews – if 90% or more are good, I realize that the others probably come from picky people. However, trip advisor has alerted me to some hotels where most of the reviews are bad – obviously I pass right by those ones. I also use the sight to select restaurants. Love it!