But not this year. TripAdvisor has abandoned the widely cited lists of the grungiest lodgings in various regions of the world, including the United States. “We want to stay more on the positive side, so we’ll continue to feature the best destinations, the top hotels,” said Stephen Kaufer, the chief executive. “We’re slicing and dicing the ‘best of’ in different ways this year, more than focusing on the negative.”
So that’s the end of annual collections of reviewer comments like these about various unfortunate properties that made previous world’s dirtiest lists such amusing reading (assuming you did not own any of the hotels in question): “Made me think of my own grave,’ ‘A level of filth and discomfort that mere neglect could never produce,’ ‘If Hell had a hotel it would be something like this.’ ”
The insults ranged from the hyperbolic if plausible “Dust so thick we could have knitted our own blanket.” to the clearly absurd “Chewing-tobacco spit oozing down the halls and corridors.”
As I note their passing, however, allow me to employ the same kind of sarcasm that characterized the lists: “Looks like snarky TripAdvisor pulls its punches, accentuates the positive, eliminates the negative, now that it has been spun off by Expedia as a separate publicly traded company and it feels competition from the new Google travel site breathing over its shoulder.”
Strange Random Bad Hotel Quote:
“I stayed in a really old hotel last night. They sent me a wake-up letter.” – Steven Wright (American Comedian, b.1955)
- TripAdvisor Abandons List of Dirtiest Hotels (nytimes.com)
- Moving on from TripAdvisor: How Expedia plans to make travel more social (freshnetworks.com)
- Around the World in 80 Drinks: Trip Advisor Food and Wine Rankings (lyke2drink.blogspot.com)
- Carriage Ridge Resort in Horseshoe Valley Honored As Best Top 10 Bargain Hotels in Canada for 3rd Year in a Row in 2011 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards (prweb.com)
- TripAdvisor Spins Off From Expedia, Takes Flight On The NASDAQ As A Public Company (techcrunch.com)
- TripAdvisor and Social Media: A Winning Deal (epiphanysolutions.co.uk)
- TripAdvisor seen as play on positive web trends (business.financialpost.com)
- Hotel Max Seattle Awarded to TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Sexiest Hotels in the Country (prweb.com)
- Travel marketing: Why would Expedia announce verified reviews right after spinning off TripAdvisor? (5to9branding.com)
- Expedia, Inc. Completes Spin-off of TripAdvisor, Inc. (prnewswire.com)
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For example, a quick look on VoucherCodes.co.uk for Amazon brings up a special offer on DVDs and Blu-Ray discs of between 75 and 99%. The page gives details of any specific details that apply, the length of the promotion and a direct link to the store.
There are thousands more like this and if you want to, you can also sign up for a free newsletter and get the offers in your e-mail.
VoucherCodes.co.uk is one of many sites offering this service and if you do shop online, it’s worth checking with them first before you buy. You never know what you might find …
Strange Random Shopping Quote:
- Sony PSP tops 2010 list of ‘most returned tech gadgets’ (your-story.org)
- One in five accident-causing motorists lies to their insurer (money.marksandspencer.com)
- Online Shoppers Can Save Using Free Delivery (prweb.com)