How to Find Hotel Reviews on TripAdvisor - dummies

By Marsha Collier

TripAdvisor is the most popular travel sites worldwide, netting almost 260 million unique visitors a month. Having so many visitors gives this site’s reviews a lot more clout. If a hotel or restaurant has two reviews on one site, a visit to TripAdvisor might net 23 reviews; which would you prefer? This site currently has over 150 million independent reviews.

  1. Go to TripAdvisor in your web browser.

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    Finding hotel information in TripAdvisor is easy. You arrive at the home page shown. You’ll see you have several options.

  2. In the Plan Your Perfect Trip box, you can get immediate targeted information. Type in the city you’re visiting and click the Find Hotels button.

    A results page shows up with full results for those dates and location.

  3. Refine your search.

    On the top and left side of the page are options you can set to best suit your needs. You can always change these in mid-search should you not find something suitable that fits your parameters. Pare down your selections by using the qualifiers in this list:

    • Check availability: Enter the dates you plan to travel along with the number of adults in your party.

    • Price per night: Check the box showing how much you’ve budgeted per night for your hotel stay.

    • Property type: Are you more of a hotel person or is a quaint bed-and-breakfast more to your liking? This section lets you narrow down to your preference.

    • Neighborhood: If there are nearby areas that might be acceptable, you have your choice of selecting them.

    • Traveler rating: Define how highly rated a hotel you want to find. This rating is based on the independent reviews posted to the site. If a one- or two-bullet hotel (they use bullet points instead of stars) is not where you want to stay, use the slider to remove them from the results.

    • Hotel class: Here’s where the star ratings come in. You may select All or any combination of one star to five stars. If you only want to stay in a four-star or five-star property, you can select both for your results.

    • Amenities: You require a fitness center? Check it off! Select from amenities such as parking, swimming pools, room service, free Internet, pets allowed, and more. Select as many as you like.

    • Property name: Did you get a recommendation from a friend and want to see what others have to say? Type the hotel name in here to go directly to its reviews.

    • Hotel brand: If you’re looking for a specific chain of hotels, you can select it here.

    With a little tinkering and the use of your good common sense, you’ll be able to find a hotel that meets your needs.