June 27, 2013 |
The Fountains of Bellagio are America's top tourist attraction, according to TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice awards . Since opening in 1998, the shimmering, dancing fountains - about 1,200 in all - have delighted visitors to the Las Vegas Strip with more than 190,000 performances. The displays are choreographed by WET Design of Los Angeles, the fountains' creators. The latest additions to the musical repertoire - “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” by the Beatles, “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, and “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller - highlight the range of tunes to which the fountains dance.
July 4, 2010
Question: I recently found a notice on TripAdvisor about the hotel I manage that said TripAdvisor thinks "individuals or entities associated with or having an interest in this property may have interfered with traveler reviews and/or the popularity index for this property." Now I've received an e-mail that says this is a violation of TripAdvisor policy and in some places a violation of federal law. Neither my staff nor I did anything wrong. Now what? S. Benham San Diego Answer: This is such a tangled issue that it's best to start not at the beginning but at Step 2. Go to http://www.
April 8, 2012 |
For fliers on the go - seats, flights and real-time alerts Name: SeatGuru by TripAdvisor Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad What it does: Provides more than 700 color-coded seat maps for nearly 100 airlines. You can get seat advice and recommendations (yes, some seats have drawbacks), search and book flights, and check your flight status with real-time alerts from FlightAware. Cost: Free What's hot: By using the app while I was in the air, I was able to find the terminal and gate of my connecting flight.
December 5, 2012 |
If you haven't heard of Kiva , the holiday season is a great time to learn about the microlending website that pairs borrowers around the world with small lenders like you and me. The idea is to wipe out poverty worldwide by connecting individuals who have money (loans start at as little as $25) with those who don't. Now TripAdvisor is teaming up with Kiva to create an opportunity for travelers to get in on the giving. Write a review for a hotel, vacation rental, restaurant or attraction in a country where Kiva has borrowers in need, and you'll be eligible to make a $25 microloan courtesy of TripAdvisor.
January 10, 2013 |
Travelers love relaxing at spas, and spa hotels in California and Las Vegas ranked in the top 10 places to unwind in the United States, according to TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions . Four Seasons Resort/The Biltmore in Santa Barbara (average price, $436 a night), Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in Ojai (average price, $317 a night) Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village in Westlake Village (average price, $230 a night) and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas won high marks from travelers as the best blissful retreats.
January 29, 2013 |
When it comes to top luxury hotels in the U.S., the West seems to be a favorite with the TripAdvisor crowd. More than half of the top 25 U.S. luxury hotels in the Travelers' Choice 2013 picks are located in Hawaii, California, Arizona and other western states. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island was the big winner as No. 1 as the best luxury hotel and the top hotel in the U.S. and the world. In the luxury hotel category, it's followed by the private residence-turned-hotel Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, S.C., at No. 2. Bardessono in Yountville, Calif., where eight wine-tasting rooms in the Napa Valley are within walking distance of the hotel, came in No. 3. Other luxury hotels in the West include: - Four Seasons Seattle at No. 4; - The Grand Del Mar in San Diego at No. 5; - Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele in Lanai City, Lanai, Hawaii, at No. 7; - Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur at No. 8; - Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore., at No. 9; Among hotels in the United States, the Hotel California in Palm Springs was named best hotel for service, the Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, N.M., as the top small hotel; the Point Clear Cottages in Fairhope, Ala., as the best B&B; and SeaCoast Inn in Hyannis, Mass., as best bargain hotel.