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How To Use A Hotel Review When Choosing Where To Stay

Updated on June 7, 2012

Hotel reviews can be a useful tool when deciding where to stay on a trip. Going on vacations and visiting friends and family is much easier when you are confident in your accommodations. A clean and comfortable place to stay can make or break a vacation. Taking the time to read hotel reviews left by other travelers can help you choose your accommodations well.

Read The Reviews

Practically every hotel website has a review link. Take the time to read the reviews. Remember that some people are NEVER happy, however, keeping that in mind, you will typically find important tips for selecting the best place for your stay. If you read the reviews, you will learn which locations are convenient, clean and comfortable.

Think about what is most important to you and look for reviews that will support your wants and needs. What are you looking for? Clean and comfortable, quiet and secluded, downtown and close to the action are all important things when you are staying any length of time. Which ones are most important to you?

Baymont Inn in West Knoxville, TN was a welcome sight after an all night drive!  Clean, comfortable and conveniently located!
Baymont Inn in West Knoxville, TN was a welcome sight after an all night drive! Clean, comfortable and conveniently located! | Source

Negative Or Positive?

A hotel with only a few reviews may have more negative ones than positive ones. Look at them and decide if the problem the reviewing traveler had is significant to you. Someone complaining about the hotel not having easy access to the highway might be just the location for you if you want a hotel that is out of the way in a quiet setting! That could actually be the perfect location!

Cleanliness IS Next To Godliness!

A hotel which is clean is absolutely heavenly! I can overlook outdated decor, a lost TV remote or even a loud air conditioner IF the room is utterly spotlessly clean! Clean bed linens is essential to health and a clean bathroom is an absolute must! Designer decor is not! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a designer room and modern decor, but it is essential to have a room free from dirt, grime, disease and odors! It can be hard to find a room which meets all of these requirements. Hotel reviews can make it a simple task to find the best place to stay!

Reading the reviews can let you know whether the linens are clean and whether the rooms are well kept. Reviewers often list their experiences with rooms that are dirty, yet seldom do you find reviews of rooms that are clean. Sometimes the best reviews are the unwritten ones.

Watch for hotels with reviews that are over the top! Those with crazy amazing reviews may have been written by someone connected with friends or family who are employed at the hotel. Bogus reviews are seldom a factor, but there is always potential. The average traveler will be glad to share both the good and the bad, but they will not be RAVING about any specific location! Be aware and you will be armed with the information you need!

Write A Review

The best way to understand how to use a review to assist in your travel planning is to write your own reviews about places you have visited. This will help you to understand the grading scales offered to reviewers. I have found that by reviewing hotels and restaurants has helped me to know what to look for in selecting them as well! Take the time to register with most any travel company and have some fun, just be sure to be as honest as possible without being cruel. A cruel review will be just as ignored as a raving one. If you feel a rave review is valid, be sure to validate it with specifics such as: "The Breakfast was GREAT! It included waffles, french toast, eggs, fresh fruit and a selection of 5 different cereals." This lets a person who is reading your review KNOW it was truly great, not just an exaggeration! In the meantime, read the reviews, read between the lines and learn what a review includes! This will help you to have an easier time selecting a location and help you have happy travels!

photo and text copyright 2012 Deborah M. Carey

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      Debbie Carey 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      unknown spy, Thanks for reading! Reviews can eliminate any indecision! Have a great day!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Amazing! I also look for reviews when looking for a hotel, a restaurant or any salon. will defintely help other people with your experience.

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      Debbie Carey 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Les Trois Chenes,

      I am glad you found this useful! I really spent time contemplating whether the reviews were useful and just what kind of person would give a poor review. We were trying to decide on where to stay during my son's wedding in another state! It really was important to have a positive experience! The hubber in me found a hub!

      Bless your sister's heart, she should be proud to have been the kind of person who would go to such lengths to please a customer in the first place! How lovely it would be to be able to visit your places! Thank you for reading! I hope it will make people think! God Bless!

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      Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      This is such a useful article. I have a farm house B&B in Limousin, France and my sister has a rather grander country home guest house just outside York, so we are very interested in reviews. I can remember getting my first Tripadvisor review and really felt I could have kissed the young woman who posted it, I was so delighted. I've just received my first review on and was so pleased and relieved to find that my guest had liked her stay here.

      On the other hand, thank you for pointing out that some people are never pleased. My sister, who has tried so hard to give her guests a wonderful stay, has had one or two less than shining reviews. Although she's had very many wonderful and kind words, the couple of disappointing ones really wounded her. In one case a couple hadn't asked for a high chair, but then complained when the single chair was in use (how many highchairs should one stock??). They had my sister running all over the house warming up bottles of milk and making baby food, (which she did willingly), but then complained that the breakfast wasn't freshly made. It's not as if there is a huge staff complete with chefs. There's only my sister doing all the work. Anyone thinking about leaving a less than gracious comment really should think a little first and decide if it really is warrented.