Why You Should Trust Our Professional Hotel Reviews

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Here at Luxury Latin America, we promise to solely convey you skilled lodge evaluations by contributors who’re well-traveled and have an extended historical past of evaluating luxurious properties.

reviewer at Four Seasons Punta Mita resort

 

That shouldn’t be such a stretch to say for any publication telling you the place to remain, however it’s. As somebody who attends journey conferences and surfs round Facebook teams frequently, I can promise you that an entire lot of lodge recommendation is coming from writers who’ve by no means set foot within the place, a lot much less spent the night time there. Sometimes they pulled plagiarized summarized descriptions from ChatGPT and people are their “reviews.”

Then you get into the well-documented issues with TripAdvisor the place you’ve acquired opponents posting pretend evaluations, the lodge itself posting pretend evaluations, and Aunt Millie giving her opinion about how a lodge just isn’t well worth the cash, though her final trip was three years in the past.

User-generated Hotel Reviews: Use With Caution

When you learn an expert lodge overview or resort overview on Luxury Latin America, you may be assured that the individual writing the article is talking from first-hand expertise. We don’t report remotely and we don’t play the journey agent sport the place they’ll do web site inspections of six lodges in an eight-hour day. It all blurs collectively in that type of state of affairs.

Most of the time, we’ve spent the night time except it was excessive season and so they have been booked up. In that case we’ll often spend the day there as a substitute, seeing totally different rooms and taking authentic images. (We not often use the staged inventory ones with good lighting {and professional} fashions as we would like you to see what the place will actually seem like once you go to.)

There’s little question that TripAdvisor has been a boon for vacationers and an awesome motivator for poor lodges to get their act collectively. I take advantage of it generally as one other device, simply as I take advantage of the instruments from OTAs and research the Airbnb evaluations earlier than reserving to see the widespread threads. Unfortunately, any service with this a lot energy is simply begging to be gamed.

There have been loads of articles since we launched approach again in 2007 which have targeted on the overview system itself, and the way totally different these evaluations may be between TripAdvisor and the others. Some alternate options (Expedia, Hotels.com, and Booking.com) solely let individuals who have booked the lodge by way of them write a overview. So you may’t be a competitor posing as a previous visitor and write a adverse overview. You can also’t pump up your individual overview from the within. But they don’t have as many evaluations—or readers—because the dominant participant.

Google and Bing haven’t helped, usually filling half the primary web page of outcomes for “best hotels in ____” with TripAdvisor pages, though generally they’re largely one- or two-sentence “user generated content” evaluations that don’t present any particulars.

In a kind of articles I got here throughout, Arthur Frommer commented on the finish, “Hotels are so dependent on reviews that of course they will generate their own. They would be crazy not to.”

You’ve in all probability been pressured previously to jot down a overview after your keep, both in individual or by e-mail, after which badgered a number of extra instances in the event you didn’t react. Some folks go away a overview simply to make the annoyance go away.

So take a look at these evaluations, however don’t take them as gospel, particularly after they seem on TripAdvisor. The individual writing it could journey in an entire totally different model than you, their priorities could also be totally different, and so they simply plain may not know what they’re speaking about. After all, who has stayed in sufficient lodges in a particular metropolis to let you know which of them are the perfect? I haven’t stayed in each lodge in Los Cabos with a view to evaluate each one to each different and I’m an expert lodge reviewer that does this for a residing. How can we count on American vacationers who take off a few times a 12 months (usually to totally different locations) understand how their resort stacks up in opposition to the competitors?

If you spend a lot time on TripAdvisor, you’ll discover that their rating algorithm doesn’t make a lot sense both. Because are the perfect lodges in Buenos Aires actually locations known as Palo, Duque, Eurobuilding, and Mine? We do type of like #1 on that checklist: Fierro Hotel. But there are superior lodges to that within the metropolis. How do locations like Four Seasons Buenos Aires, and Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau not make the highest 10?

Follow this hyperlink for our checklist of the remainder of the finest lodges in Buenos Aires and Argentina. Unlike with that different web site, you’ll get detailed evaluations from an skilled journey author who is aware of what luxurious vacationers are searching for.

Professional Hotel Reviews From a Reliable Source

Our writers are consultants within the areas they cowl, so you may belief them to not solely describe that lodge or resort with an skilled eye, however to check it to all of the others as nicely. Most of our contributors have already written extensively in regards to the space. They’re guidebook writers, contributors to large journey magazines, and freelancers who’ve returned to the nation a dozen instances or extra for assignments. Or usually, they stay there.

We presently have a number of correspondents based mostly in Mexico, one in Belize, and ones residing in Chile, Peru, Argentina, and Costa Rica. See a rundown on our Luxury Latin America contributors web page.

reviewer at Viceroy Los Cabos

You would assume this may be true for each publication reviewing lodges frequently, nevertheless it’s not. Many are merely pulling information from a press launch, throwing up a inventory photograph, and saying they know which lodges are the perfect. Many of the writers or editors haven’t spent a lot time on web site—if in any respect. I’ve learn evaluations in main print magazines that put the lodge within the improper neighborhood, talked a couple of pool that by no means existed, or described a clientele that would have solely been a freak accident based mostly on who’s there the opposite 364 and a half days a 12 months.

Sometimes they do set foot within the place, however they’re breezing by way of in a rush and don’t have time to essentially expertise the service and speak with different company to get their suggestions like we do. I used to be shocked when Conde Nast Traveler confirmed what I’d lengthy heard from a few of its writers in a narrative known as “Confessions of a Hot List Reviewer.” Here’s how a few of these evaluations go down, quoting the nameless author.

“This year, I stayed in 15 hotels in 17 days, on a trip that took me from New York to Hong Kong, Luang Prabang, Bangkok, Phuket, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Hong Kong, and then back to New York.”

If you have a little extra time, you spend it visiting competitors in the area to make comparisons-is the hotel you’re staying at doing its job better or worse than the places that already exist?” [Italics mine]

“I was 16 nights into my Hot List blitzkrieg and ready to go home.”

I don’t learn about you, however I’d quite learn a overview from somebody who is aware of the nation nicely, who is aware of what the opposite lodges in that metropolis are like with out banking on discovering an additional hour in a super-hectic schedule. If certainly one of our writers heads to Cusco or Cartagena so as to add lodges and replace evaluations, they’re not additionally going to 10 different cities in ten days. They’ll spend sufficient time there to soak all of it in.

professional hotel reviews from experts who visited

Sometimes this implies we’ve to place a disclaimer in our skilled lodge evaluations to say that data is outdated. When the Ritz-Carlton Cancun converted to a Kempenski, as an illustration, we virtually instantly heard from readers saying, “It’s not on the same level as it was.” When we requested to come back test it out post-handover although, they flatly turned us down and appear to be holding all of the media at arms size.

That’s a pink flag, however we haven’t been there personally but, so all we will do is say, “Tread rigorously and skim the visitor evaluations on a web site like Booking.com, not on the corporate’s personal web site (the place they will cherry-pick solely the constructive evaluations) or on TripAdvisor, the place pretend evaluations to the plus and minus facet are powerful to police.

Our skilled lodge reviewers solely cowl Latin America, so we will’t aid you with the remainder of the world, however if you wish to see detailed evaluations of the finest lodges in Mexico, Central America, and South America, you’ve come to the appropriate place. We could not put out a number of hype about who’s sizzling this 12 months, however you may be assured that our writers have spent sufficient time on web site to let you know why to remain there, what the meals is like, and sometimes which rooms to ebook as nicely.



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