Episode 105: How To Find and Research Hotels Using Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews 

Tripadvisor Hotel Review

How do you find and research hotels? I want to know, after this episode, reply to this tweet and let’s chat about it. Do you get recommendations from TikTok or Instagram? Do you start with a Google search? Or maybe you use online travel agencies (OTAs), aggregators, or meta-search engines? In this episode, I share my process for finding and researching hotels using Tripadvisor hotel reviews. I’ve used Tripadvisor as a research tool to find hotels, and things to do, including activities, attractions, tours, and more.

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How To Use Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews To Find Your Next Hotel

What is Tripadvisor? 

Tripadvisor is a metasearch engine that helps travelers discover hotels, flights, rental cars, cruises, things to do, and more. As of 2021, the site featured 1 billion reviews and opinions on nearly 8 million hotels, rentals, restaurants, experiences, and more. Travelers can share their experiences by writing honest reviews and uploading photos informing other travelers.


Here’s why I use Tripadvisor to research hotels. It shares reviews from real people and helps paint a realistic picture of what I can expect. Download the Tripadvisor app or access the site via desktop.

Are Tripadvisor reviews reliable?

While there are fake Tripadvisor reviews, Tripadvisor is reliable.  

Tripadvisor released a transparency report stating they removed nearly 1 million fake reviews out of 26 million reviews submitted in 2020.

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Pro Tips For Using Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews 

  • Sort hotels by “traveler rated”, ranking highest rated hotels based on traveler reviews.
  • Leave your search wide initially to explore all your options, then narrow it down by preferences.
  • Be on the lookout for “Sponsored,” which you can find right next to the hotel’s name in a grayed-out box. These are promotional ads.
  • Review “traveler photos.” While some photos may be blurry, they’ll give you a realistic view of what you can expect at that hotel or resort. Do not book a hotel without looking at the traveler’s photos. Thank me later. 
  • Read reviews, especially the bad ones.
  • Look to see when a review was written. Is it recent or outdated?
  • Review the Q&A section for more insights.
  • Use the keyword search function to view reviews with specific words like “front desk” or “lobby area.”
  • Take a look at the hotel in Google Maps — what’s nearby? Does it look safe? 
  • Review property amenities. Which do you need? 
  • Found a hotel you want to book? Visit the hotel website. They may have exclusive discounts booking directly vs. third-party booking sites.  

New-to-Me Features To Search Tripadvisor Reviews

  • Search by traveler type where you look at reviews from other travelers like you.  
  • Room tips
  • Restaurants within a mile (also see on map)
  • Attractions within a mile (also see on map)
  • Walkable score

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