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Bribing the Guests: Hotel Offers Cash for Good Reviews on Tripadvisor

Before it was removed, as photographed by a Consumerist tipster.

I like Tripadvisor for the most part and use its reviews the way my daughter’s middle school French teacher computed quarterly grades – throw out the top and bottom scores and add up the rest.

Still, a recent post on The Consumerist (via Hotelchatter) gave me pause. Read more

Want to Stay at Big-Name Chain Hotel like Hyatt, Hilton or Marriott? Check out Roomkey.com, a New Hotel Booking Website

 

Is Room Key the hotel version of the Empire Strikes Back?

Last week Roomkey.com, a new hotel search engine, went live. But instead of a third-party consolidator like Expedia or Travelocity, Room key is operated by a consortium of big-gun hotel chains whose properties it handles exclusively. Read more

Where Dominique Strauss-Kahn Stayed: The Sofitel New York Gets its Close up

Publicity is catnip to hotels. Still, I can’t imagine the Sofitel New York is thrilled with the reason it’s suddenly the most talked about hotel in town. Read more