Hotel rating sites
Ideal for those who want the full picture—in all its occasionally gory detail—of what other travelers have experienced.
Drawback: One bad apple can spoil the bunch.
If you’re numerically minded and want the range of opinions crunched into irrefutable stats, this is the site for you.
Drawback: You’ll get a snapshot of public opinion, but no feel for the property.
Use this if you find the masses untrustworthy and want expert (or at least professional) guidance.
Drawback: Only a limited number of popular destinations are covered.
An alternative to TripAdvisor with innovations involving social media in the works.
Drawback: Lacks TripAdvisor’s critical mass.