The Problem with Travel Reviews

melphis

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My wife was looking into maybe checking into the new Ocean El Faro hotel for its opening on Dec 15 of this year. The hotel is new not a renovation and is still under construction. Yet it has 29 positive reviews pretty much all giving it a 5 star. How's is this possible. Unless these guys snuck past security it's not open.
To me this is yet more proof of how useless sites like trip advisor are and anyone claiming to have social influence should be publicly flogged.
 

melphis

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I'm not sure what exact site she was on. I used trip advisor as a reference point.
 

cobraboy

Pro-Bono Demolition Hobbyist
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I'm not sure what exact site she was on. I used trip advisor as a reference point.
TA is fairly vigilant about fake reviews if proven fake.

I had a guy make a totally fake, nasty review of my motorcycle tour company and TA took it down.
 

Cdn_Gringo

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If I am thinking of staying somewhere brand new, I usually wait at least a couple of months. Murphy's Law ensures that there will be kinks for the resort to work out.
 
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Those booking hotel just after opening should get a sizable price reduction, same as airlines get super low pricing for being launch customers of new aircraft types. That there will be kinks, is a given.
 

Matilda

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No reviews on booking.com but it says: Ocean el Faro Resort - All Inclusive has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Jul 12, 2018!!