How to Add a Hotel Review on TripAdvisor - dummies

By Marsha Collier

Adding a hotel review on TripAdvisor is an easy task. After you come back from your trip and have an opinion to share, here’s how you can share it with the world.

First you must register in order to submit your review and post it on the site. You can register before or after you write your review.

  1. To register, click the Join link in the top navigation bar.

    If you’ve already set up a Facebook account, you can sign in to TripAdvisor using your Facebook login details. This method is safe — and the easiest way to join. To join via Facebook Connect (a service that allows you to keep your login info and passwords to a minimum), click the Facebook button at the top navigation bar. If you’re not currently signed in to Facebook, you may have to sign in at this point.

    If you haven’t set up a Facebook account, you can create a TripAdvisor account by supplying your e-mail address and choosing a password. Just pick a screen name and password and tell the site what city you live in. Then click Sign Up, and you’re a member!

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  2. Find the page for the property you want to review on TripAdvisor by searching the hotel name and city.

    When the results appear, click the link to the hotel you wish to review. Then follow the rest of the steps given here as you write a review.

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  3. Choose one of the two places to click to enter the Write a Review form.

  4. Click the top navigation bar or the area to the right with the user’s ratings. Clicking either one takes you to a form like the one shown.

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  5. The name of the property will already be on the top of the page, and the first thing to do is fill out the overall rating of one to five bullets. Now it’s time to write your review.

  6. Type in a title, describing the hotel in one sentence. In the Your Review text box, type your observations.

    Tell what you liked and what you didn’t like about your stay. (Your review has to be at least 200 characters long.)

  7. In the What Sort of Trip Was This? area, select the option that best describes your reason for travel, ranging from business to solo.

    The When Did You Travel? section asks you to narrow your travel dates down to the month and year of your visit.

  8. The Could You Say a Little More About It section is an optional portion of the review that lets you assign specific ratings to several important factors, including Service, Value, and Cleanliness.

    This section is an important stop if you found some parts of the hotel to your liking while others were lacking. There’s also a text box where you can add a tip on the best rooms on the property.

  9. Optionally, upload a photo.

    If you’ve taken a photo of the hotel or its property that you’d like to share, click the Browse button and upload it from your computer. You also must check the box stating that the photo is yours and that you’re not infringing on anyone’s rights by posting it.

  10. Since TripAdvisor takes the reviews very seriously, you must check the box next to the statement that assures:

    “I certify that this review is my own experience and is my genuine opinion of this hotel, and that I have no personal or business affiliation with this establishment, and have not been offered any incentive or payment originating from the establishment to write this review.”

  11. When you’re pleased with your work, click Submit your review.

    After you submit your review, it appears in your profile, marked as pending. All reviews are checked before posting; it usually takes a few days before they appear. When your review is posted, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation. If TripAdvisor chooses not to post your review, the site sends you an e-mail and lets you know the reason why.