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Are the FODORS discriptions of hotels and restaurants usually accurate?

Are the FODORS discriptions of hotels and restaurants usually accurate?

Old Nov 21st, 2002, 07:25 AM
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Are the FODORS discriptions of hotels and restaurants usually accurate?

I often find the Rants and Raves in the Fodors Hotel/Restaurant section at odds with the official discriptions. How accurate are the FODORS discriptions in your experience?
Old Nov 21st, 2002, 07:31 AM
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It's true, the Ranta and Raves are all over the place, one persons 4 is another persons 1, but I have found Fodors reviews pretty much on the mark, with one exception.

For obvious reasons, they aren't always up to date. The reviews in a guidebook from 10 years ago is sometimes the exact same (verbatim) as a current book.

In an effort to remedy this, I'll be the first to volunteer to stay at many hotels anywhere, on Fodors of course, and provide them with updated reviews. How about it Fodors?
Old Nov 21st, 2002, 07:44 AM
bought and paid for
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Have you ever seen Fodors give something a bad review and tell you to stay away? Think about it
Old Nov 21st, 2002, 07:44 AM
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I can? I can afford to stay anywhere in the world? Oh goody, I didn't know that. Someone's been holding out on me. Thank you for telling me. I must get going...Garcon, get me the Plaza Anthenee on the phone quick, and then the Concorde, Au revoir mis amis!
Old Nov 21st, 2002, 08:57 AM
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Old Nov 21st, 2002, 09:06 AM
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This nina schtick is getting to be so trite.
Old Nov 21st, 2002, 09:10 AM
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o, I don't know about that! I kinda like what Nina has to say. And she's earned the right, too. The leaves are all raked - right? - and now she has time to post. I do hope Fodors agrees to your hotel suggestion. I'd like to sign up too. You may keep europe - I'll settle for the far east.
Old Nov 21st, 2002, 09:39 AM
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"bought and paid for" hit the nail on the head.
The travel books won't say anyhting negative, and that's the biggest reason I like travel boards.

Always true that some people will complain about everything. But in general I'm more interested in the negative comments than the positive ones. The negs are more telling in most cases.
Old Nov 21st, 2002, 02:14 PM
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I have found Fodors to be fairly accurate. But you have to also read the comments to see why someone is rating it real bad or real good.

That way you can decide which group corresponds with your views.

BUT as far as restaurants are concerned,I've always personaly found Zagot to be the best. I always pick one up when I travel.
Old Nov 21st, 2002, 02:53 PM
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I've stayed at a few of the hotels on Fodors lists, and have foung them accurate.

Re: They don't list any hotels with negatives:

There are hundreds of hotels in, for instance, NYC. Why would they waste space on hotels they found lacking?

If people don't like hotels they choose from a guidebook, that guidebook starts to lose credibility. When people post on a Web site, how do you know THEIR motive for recommending a hotel?
Old Nov 21st, 2002, 04:46 PM
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In my opinion, most of the travel books do not make -ve comments and only suggest the qualified hotel according to their opinion.

BTW, have you ever thought that their doing this as to aviod the lawsuit
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