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Hotel Reviews: Why it Matter

Choosing a hotel is one of the most important and probably stressful things to decide on when travelling.

Luckily, gone were the days when we have limited resources in choosing hotels relying only on flyers, brochures, or even just what travel agencies would recommend.

With the prominence of platforms such as TripAdvisor, social media sites particularly Facebook and Instagram, as well as Online Travel Agents (OTA) such as Agoda, Booking.com and Expedia, travelers are just a click-away from comparing lodging accommodations.

Whether you’re looking for what suits your budget the most, what’s the closest to the landmarks and attractions that you want to visit, what offers the best services and updated facilities, make your planning easier by checking out online reviews.

In fact, a survey conducted by TrustYou, one of the largest guest feedback platforms revealed that:

  • After price, “Review Score” is the most important decision variable that travelers need to convince themselves to book a certain accommodation.

Regardless if it’s a guest who is eager to express his positive praises for the property or someone who noticed a few things to improve on, reviews can dictate a company’s reputation online.

So as a traveler, what should you look out for and consider when checking hotel reviews?

When, Where, and Why

Look into when the review was posted. Reviews made recently will provide a clearer outlook on what the property looks today, and what to expect on your visit.

It also helps to check where the reviewers are mostly from. With this, you can assume whether the property is frequented by local or foreign guests.

Most travelers would also indicate why they left a review. This will give you an insight on their experience and more importantly what they “felt” during their stay.

Traveller Photos

On TripAdvisor, reviewers and contributors can share their own photos of the property. This can give you a visual on how the property’s facilities, services and amenities looks like today.

Management Feedback

Another thing to look out for is the management’s response, whether it’s thanking a guest for praising the hotel or giving an insight over a negative rating, seeing how active the manager is in providing feedback gives an impression that they listen and is attentive to what their guests have to say.

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Creative Ways to Document Your Travel

We take so much time planning on a trip, yet we often stick to a basic social media post to share and document it. Whether you’re travelling local or abroad, make your memories and experiences last longer with these simple tips:

Keep a Travel Diary

Have a journal handy. As vintage as it sounds, keeping a diary is still one of the best ways of preserving travel memories especially for those private moments that we want to keep for ourselves. Aside from jotting down the places you went, focus on the details of what you saw, observed and felt.

Take selfies, lots of pictures and videos

With the quality of mobile phones available these days there’s no excuse not to take photos!

When taking photographs, we are mostly guilty of sticking to the usual landmarks that we’ve seen tons of photos of online. Make it more personal, walk around, feel the vibe and seek out photos of the local scenery. Shoot some selfies and take advantage of the beautiful backdrop to have something to post on your Instagram feed and story.

If you’re staying in a property by the beach, showcase the clear blue waters and the stunning sunset, the perfect backdrop for a photo keepsake. Taking a video of the place during your stay is also a great additional to your vacation memorabilia so don’t forget to have some.

Bring a sketchbook

If you’re an artist, it’s worthwhile to keep a sketchbook handy on your trip. The places and unique experiences when travelling will inspire you to create visual stories. These sketches are a great way to look back and document your journey and probably be a theme for your art exhibition?

Start a blog or travel review series

If you’re a travel junkie and would want to share your stories to the world, why not start your own blog? With free and easy to learn platforms like WordPress and Tumblr, share your photos, thoughts and tips that you’ve gained from your trips.

If you’re not too keen on jumping right into blogging, you can consider sharing your stories as a contributor to guest review sites such as TripAdvisor. This is also a great avenue to share your insights and experiences from your hotel accommodation, restaurants you’ve dined in and even some tourist spots.

 

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