Just back from the Cotswolds

I have travelled around the globe but have never made it to the Cotswolds..until now. And I loved it. Pretty villages abound and country life is a refreshing break from the hectic pace of everyday reality. It was a whistle stop tour so much easier to tell in pictures....

Hotel Reviews: Who do you trust?

What do you look for in a review? With so much information now freely available on the internet, from industry reviews to blogger accounts, who do you trust? 

Having recently reviewed the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler, it made me think about a review in general. Should it be short or long, to the point or in great detail? It is something which I have deliberated over for a while and after writing in a more prose like style, I finally settled on a more structured approach under certain headings. It is easier to read particularly if you are glancing at it and just want to see a general overview. This does however come down to personal preference, a factor which is clearly apparent in the world of hotel reviews.

It has been widely reported that Trip Advisor can be extremely damaging to smaller hotels and although it is obviously a huge resource for travellers, it is not something I would always put my faith in as I don't know the reviewer and reviews can be so subjective. 

Subjective reviews are not unique to Trip Advisor. A clear example would be the W Hotel in Barcelona. I reviewed this hotel on Triptease and although it had many good points, for several reasons it didn't appeal to me but other people on Triptease rate it very highly. Another example just this week involves the Rosewood Hotel in London. John O'Ceallaigh, luxury travel editor at Telegraph.co.uk, had a bad experience in terms of service and as a result posted a low score in this area. I have no doubt that he experienced service that did not match his expectations but it could not have been more different to mine where the Rosewood staff delivered in all areas. 

In my opinion it all comes down to trust, regardless of who the reviewer is. Be it an industry insider or a good friend, if you trust in what that person says is true and you have a similar outlook on what you want from a hotel then you can't go far wrong. 

 

Just back from Whistler...

That's me in the red and white...

That's me in the red and white...

The gorgeous Four Seasons Resort Whistler

The gorgeous Four Seasons Resort Whistler

The sun is shining...

The sun is shining...

No crowds here..

No crowds here..

...Or here.

...Or here.

Just back from a very enjoyable week's skiing in Whistler even though it has taken my knees a week to recover!  This is a vast ski area although I do think it could be better connected, it seemed to take a long time on lifts before you could do any skiing. We were very lucky with the snow, apparently they haven't had the best season. And snow it did. It's certainly a very pretty ski resort and suited all our abilities including our very talented nephews who have now left us well and truly behind.  

The Four Seasons Resort (see my review here) was our gorgeous home for the week and it was interesting comparing it to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler where we stayed last time. I have to be honest, didn't do much exploring as I was either out skiing or relaxing in our lovely hotel but did manage to make it out to the Rimrock Cafe (where I actually had fish and stayed away from the steak)  and Hy's Steakhouse, both of which I would wholeheartedly recommend.

All the way to Whistler for a week's skiing, is it worth it I hear you ask. Well that's for another post.

Bespoke Online City Guides

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Guided by Cereal is a collection of bespoke, online travel guides by Cereal Magazine.

Love at first sight springs to mind and it didn't take me long to pay up.  I now have access to 11 online city guides with nine more to come this year, all for the grand price of £20.  No marathon of listings to get through here but instead an original curated selection of places to eat, stay and shop backed up by clear photography. The guides can be printed out for ease of use. I knew we were well suited when the New York Guide selected the last hotel I visited... Great minds! No more to say, after all, less is more. 

Preview the London guide here.