It’s not airline related, but I’ve been reading a decent amount of Tripadvisor stuff recently, and I’ve been shocked by how a site has gone from incredibly useful, to so full of nonsense that it’s almost a parody of itself. Reviews for many hotels are filled the most minuscule complaints about everything. Note the second review on this page about the Raffles Canouan, a world-class resort tucked away on a speck of an island in the Caribbean: “Worst Internet ever…This basically ruined our trip.” OK. He later notes that there were mosquitos.
I also enjoy the reviews of remote resorts in Costa Rica that bemoan the lack of cell service. And every front desk is rude (I used the incredibly lazy journalist tack of typing “rude” “tripadvisor” into Google and there are 639,000 page results.) 600,000 reviews said people were rude at a hotel.
Where once Tripadvisor was a welcome and useful alternative to guidebooks, it has become the world’s largest forum for whiners, complainers, and people who never should have left their homes.
I’m not sure why this all bothers me so much, but I think that given the opportunity to complain about travel, people will complain about travel. Look – stuff goes wrong in a hotel once in a while. Fine. But is any Marriott resort “terrible”? (Apparently so, as there are 229,000 results for “marriott” “resort” “terrible” in Google). Really? Terrible? Get over it. Stay home.