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Friday, 27 July 2012

TripAdvisor celebrates 75 million reviews and opinions milestone

TripAdvisor celebrates 75 million reviews and opinions milestone

We’ve got some exciting news! Thanks to our wonderful travel community, TripAdvisor now features 75 million travel reviews and opinions. The staggering amount of content generated by our dedicated travellers has skyrocketed up from 50 million a year ago.

What’s more, the TripAdvisor community itself has also grown dramatically from 20 million one year ago to 32 million today.

As the world’s largest travel website with 56 million people using TripAdvisor each month, the website sees fifty contributions posted to the site every minute and carries over 11 million user-submitted images.

And, if those figures haven’t made your head spin, check out these TripAdvisor fun facts:

  • It would take 1,671 years to spend a night in each of the 610,000 hotels on TripAdvisor.
  • 5.7 billion is the total word count of all TripAdvisor reviews and opinions, with the longest totaling 9,166 words.
  • The community has bestowed 30 million helpful votes to their peers for outstanding reviews.
To see the numbers in pictures, take a look at this infographic: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/InfoCenter-a_ctr.75millionUK.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

British Travellers Split on Airport Liquid Ban

British Travellers Split on Airport Liquid Ban

Do you feel safer with the liquid ban in place?

With the EU Commission announcing last week that the ban on taking liquids onto aircraft will remain indefinitely, we polled our community of travellers to find out exactly what they think about this issue.

The poll of almost 5,000* respondents on TripAdvisor.co.uk revealed that British travellers are split down the middle with half of respondents (48%) claiming they feel safer with the current liquid ban in place, while 40% said that the ban does not make them feel any safer. A further 12% were unsure on the matter.

“As we hit such a peak air travel period in the UK, it seems many travellers will be disappointed to hear that the liquid ban is to stay in place. But for the 47% of British travellers who see it as an extra reassurance, the EC Commission’s decision is sure to be welcomed,” commented Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

*Poll carried out on 4,766 respondents on TripAdvisor.co.uk between 21-23 July 2012

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Great hotels for grown-ups

Great hotels for grown-ups

We’ve all heard of hotels that are ideal for kids but what about keeping the adults happy too? From kid-free retreats to sophisticated and stylish sanctuaries, there are plenty of hotels around the globe for a grown up get-away.

Here, we at TripAdvisor showcase 10 great hotels for grown-ups:

This luxury hotel surrounded by elegant gardens offers breath-taking views of the Riviera. Beautifully decorated with marble and sleek art, this charming property is a wonderful base to unwind.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “My husband and I just spent 2 nights at Villa St. Maxime and it was the perfect.”

Located high above the Caldera, Grace Santorini Hotel boasts enviable views of the famed Santorini sunset over the Aegean Sea from its luxury suites and balconies.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “You will not find a more perfect hotel anywhere! Fantastic location, amazing staff, superb rooms, stunning views and wonderful food.

Built in 1876 and renovated in the style of Belle Époque (the beautiful era), the décor featured in Hotel Miramar is like no other and evokes opulence and elegance throughout.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “We spent the second week of our honeymoon at Hotel Miramar and we absolutely loved every second of our stay. The food was fantastic and the setting on the terrace is breath-taking and very romantic.”

This tranquil property is famed for its beauty and unique personality. Featuring four luxury suites, each distinctively designed; guests can relax on the terraces whilst being mesmerized by the sights of the Caldera.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “I stayed here with my girlfriend and it is quite simply the best luxury hotel I've ever stayed at. The views from this hotel are truly stunning with direct views of the volcano and surrounding sea, as well as the towns in Santorini.”

A bespoke designed hotel adorned with handmade furnishings, natural fabrics and textures, East Hotel is a sensation for your senses featuring unique visual design and individual scents in each area of the hotel.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “This is a superb hotel featuring modern and quirky styling, and the food in the restaurant was fantastic.”

A beachfront hotel ideally located near the Algarve coast, Hotel Vila Gale Praia offers picturesque views of a palm tree garden and is a short distance from restaurants, shops and four other beaches.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “We stayed here for 4 days during our honeymoon and I wish we had stayed longer. It is a great, relaxing and romantic place to stay.”

An intimate, boutique hotel located on the west side of the island, Apsenti is a serene getaway featuring an outdoor plunge pool and Jacuzzi rooms – ideal for guests to relax and watch the world go by.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary at Apsenti and it was fantastic - very romantic, relaxing and chilled out.”

Located on the slopes of the Alhambra, Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol offers outstanding panoramic views of Sierra Nevada and Granada. Each room has been designed to maintain the character and style of a traditional Granada house, featuring antique furniture and art.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “This is a remarkable hotel with stunning views. The rooms are comfortable and the terrace is delightful.”

Nested in the heart of Imagna Valley, the spectacular scenery of the Valley and mountains make Hotel Resort & Spa Miramonti a splendid location to disconnect and marvel at nature.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “A stunning location. You cannot fail to be impressed by both the quality of accommodation, friendly service and views you will remember for a long time to come.”

With terraces offering idyllic sea views from each room, guests can admire the striking sights of the Amalfi Coast. Located close to the historic centre of Amalfi, restaurants, bars, shops and beaches are within walking distance for all to explore.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “This is an amazingly beautiful place to stay and the ocean view right from our room is breath-taking.”

For more information on these hotels, visit www.TripAdvisor.co.uk

Friday, 20 July 2012

TripAdvisor reveals London’s cheapest and priciest areas for hotels during the Olympic Games

TripAdvisor reveals London’s cheapest and priciest areas for hotels during the Olympic Games

Prices rise the most in postcode area ‘E’, while ‘EC’ claims the highest average hotel rates this July and August
The attention has been on London for much of 2012 and after years of waiting, from the 27th July, the proverbial spotlight is due to be at its brightest when the Olympic Games finally kicks off.
With this in mind, TripAdvisor has this week revealed London’s cheapest and most expensive areas when it comes to hotel prices during the London 2012 period (27th July - 15th August). With the biggest sporting event of the year just around the corner and thousands of people set to flock to London in the coming days, TripAdvisor has undertaken a study to keep travellers informed of how hotel rates are faring across the capital.
With such a huge event taking place in London, it’s not a surprise to hear that hotel rates have gone up in general across the city. However, prices in some areas have increased more drastically than others.
Hotels in the London ‘E’ postcode area – closest to the Olympic Park where most of the action will be taking place – have seen the prices rise the most with a 69% increase. The second biggest price increase can be found at hotels in the ‘N’ postcode area with a 60% rise in rates. While the lowest overall rise in price at 19% is in the ‘SW’ area.
Getting down to specifics, the average hotel rate in London per room, per night during the Olympics has been found to range from £156 - £309. The most expensive at £309 per room, per night can be found in the ‘EC’ postcode area, with the ‘W’ postcode area coming in second most expensive at £238 per room, per night. Despite seeing the second biggest increase in rates, postcode area ‘N’ has the cheapest rooms per night coming in at £165.
“London hotel prices are generally higher during July and August in any year, but with London gearing up for such a significant influx of visitors this summer, some may be surprised to see spikes as high as 69%,” commented Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson.  “Hotels in the London E postcode area have seen the biggest rises – E being home to the Olympic park – while postcode N will offer the lowest hotel rates, despite seeing said rates rise by 60% in the period of late July to mid-August.”
2012 London hotel prices: Late spring/early summer (1 June-19 July) versus mid-summer (20 July-15 August):

London Postcode Area
Late spring/Early summer 2012

Average hotel price
1 June- 19 July
Mid-summer 2012

Average hotel price:
20 July- 15 August
Increase in cost:

†Prices shown identify the average per room per night hotel cost during the specified dates, as well as the percentage increase between periods, of hotels of various star-ratings found on TripAdvisor (via partner booking sites such as online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers).  On average, prices from 67 hotels to compute the average prices in each postcode area