I am staying in NYC for the first time on a trip to my hometown in MD in August. I have already booked my hotel and tried to find trusted VT reviews on the place. I stayed in Venice Italy and my friend jen here had written a review that made me feel good about my choice. It was great for us and just as my already trusted friend had described. Now, all I can find is trip adviser or reviews that come up anywhere on the internet. I cannot find VT reviews from people I know. I have been here for more then 8 years and I know names to trust their opinions but I do not know how to access that information.
If you can find the hotel, and all you see is TripAdvisor reviews, most likely there are no VT reviews.
thanks pam, maybe I will have to the first then. Just seems improbable.
I always check by going to a hotel where there will definitely be VT reviews and see where they are placed on the travelguide.
I've found exactly the same as Pam. If a hotel has no VT reviews then only TA reviews are shown. Hotel reviews state e.g. '12 reviews and xxxx opinions' if there are VT reviews plus TA 'opinions'. But there are plenty of NYC hotel reviews from Vt-ers, including my own. So maybe you have just been unlucky and looked at a hotel price range or area with few VT reviews? Or may be 'people you know' just haven't stayed in the hotels you have looked at?
It's not really improbable at all as VT has always been curiously very light on member-written hotel reviews. Not sure why that is. Still, I've used a combo of TA, booking.com and a few other sites to pick hotels - based on reviews - and have yet to run into a real dog. It's just a matter of reading enough reviews to get a pretty good picture: toss out the worst of the rants and most glowing of the raves to land somewhere in the middle.
>>>VT has always been curiously very light on member-written hotel reviews. Not sure why that is. Kate, it seems logical because most people on a trip will usually stay at only one hotel in a city and there are so many more. Ellen, have you contacted any of the active VT memebers living in NYC and asked them about the hotel you are booked at? People oftentimes write to me for info on a specific hotel. I just go to check it out for them if I don't already know anything about it. That might help you.
Which hotel is it?
>Kate, it seems logical because most people on a trip will usually stay at only one hotel in a city and there are so many more. I mean curiously light as compared to Trip Advisor.
What hotel are you trying to check out? TripAdvisor is generally a better place to look for hotel reviews than VT. VT is good for other things (tips on things to do, warnings, transport info etc.) but it is not centered on hotels and does not have a very good interface for researching them. TA is quite helpful, as long as you read reviews in the proper context (for instance, people complaining that NY hotel rooms are really small...nearly ALL hotel rooms in NY are really small!)
Oh, I see what you mean now Kate. Probably because VT's reviews are dependent on it's members taking the time to build their pages, thus the pool of people actually writing tips is smaller than TA's pool of people simply giving a review and nothing more. Does that make sense?
You're probably right, Linda. We had a discussion about that some years ago as even G was a little puzzled why we had so few reviews for accommodations.
It is the Seton hotel near Grand central station and I guess there really are no VT reviews.
Even our keywords search gives little more for either Hotel Seton or Seton Hotel. PJ
Hopefully we will have one review on this hotel after your trip Ellen :-)
Got a positive on a NY question!!! I am so excited it feels like an overseas trip which it might as well be a foreign country from Montana. I could be visiting NYC from anywhere in the world and these are good answers. Montana could be Australia as we live in 2 different worlds.
Fantastic :-)) Yes it's a bit the same with the two main islands of my country. Quite different.
Pam needs to come visit me in Montana and vice versa.
I will! one day :-))
I agree, whole different world.