August 10, 2012 |
The Roughley Manor in Twentynine Palms looks far more Hogwartian than desert dwelling. The historic bed and breakfast on 25 quiet acres near Joshua Tree National Park was the sole California site on TripAdvisor 's recent list of top 10 pet-friendly properties in the United States. "We have four pet-friendly rooms, and a pet on the grounds, Sammy, our dog," said owner Gary Peters, who has operated the B&B with wife Jan for the last 18 years. The three-story house, made from hand-collected local stone, was completed in 1928 and known as Campbell's Ranch, Peters said. Guests stay in two suites in the main house or 10 other rooms on the property at 74744 Joe Davis Drive [(760)
February 24, 2014 |
The other day, when TripAdvisor listed the ten top islands in its new Travelers' Choice poll, I decided I needed to get out more. I'd been to only three. Then I noticed what was missing. So to Hellas (that's Greece) with their list. Since these things are just arbitrary conversation-starters anyway, I'm pretending to be incensed and making my own. No crowd-sourced wisdom, just my memory. I should admit it's been 20 years since I've laid eyes on some of these places, but I have seen them all. One of the reasons we love islands, I think, is that the way they hold onto their own cultures, even as the surrounding world changes by the day. Also, these are not all swimsuit destinations.
January 9, 2012 |
Nowhere is the Internet's democratic nature clearer than in the user-generated reviews on such websites as Yelp and TripAdvisor. All it takes to weigh in on a restaurant, hotel, spa, bar, bowling alley - anything, really - is a user name and password. Although they're a boon for consumers sharing unfiltered ideas and opinions, there are obvious hazards: What can be trusted? How do you know a hotel owner hasn't put family members or friends up to clogging sites with positive reviews of his property and negative reviews of his competition?
December 11, 2012 |
Media mogul John Malone's Liberty Interactive Corp. has acquired a controlling stake in TripAdvisor, the popular travel website, from Barry Diller and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation. Liberty Interactive is spending $300 million for 4.8 million shares of TripAdvisor at $62.50 per share. Liberty will now hold nearly 60% of voting stock and more than 20% of the company's total equity. The purchase price represents a premium of more than 60%. After news of the change of control was announced Tuesday, TripAdvisor stock was up more than 20% from its Monday close of $38.39.
January 13, 2012
I just read Mark Vanhoenacker's article “A Rest for Restless Spirits” [Jan. 8] about the Mojave National Preserve and must object to the characterization that allowing hunting is “inferior.” Hunting is not at all an inferior use of public land and has a long tradition in the U.S. and California. Long before MNP came into existence, hunters were, and still are, one of the larger user groups of the MNP. The L.A. Times has a long antihunting bias, somewhat surprising considering the history of its publishers.
July 4, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Judging from recent reviews on Yelp, the Center for Counseling, Recovery & Growth was the place to go to turn your life around. The Torrance center racked up 14 coveted five-star ratings on the popular review site for its "warm and friendly therapists" and "beautiful offices. " Many of the testimonials made similar points, sometimes in nearly identical language. That was no coincidence. Acting on a tip, Yelp uncovered what it dubbed a "review-swapping ring" composed of members of a South Bay business networking group.
June 30, 2013 |
Glamour plus camping equals "glamping. " Thanks to this website, you'll never have to pitch a tent. Name: Glamping.com What it does: Sources glamorous camping options the world over - from floating lodges in Cambodia to luxe treehouses in Italy. What's hot: The site defines different glamping opportunities. I liked that it organized them both by destination and by categories, such as tents, villas and huts; cubes and eco-pods; yurts and tepees; and more. I found tented suites in Kenya, a Four Seasons tented camp in Thailand, solar-powered tents in Australia; and luxury yurts in Britain.
May 11, 2008 |
Question: I stayed at a place in Palm Springs that I didn't like and posted my review on TripAdvisor. I received a letter from an attorney threatening to sue me for libel if I did not remove my negative review within 14 days. I have contacted others who have written reviews for this establishment and they also received the attorney's letter. When I contacted TripAdvisor, I received an e-mail that said the site took the threats seriously, but they didn't even ask for a copy of the attorney's letter.
November 19, 2012 |
If you choose a hotel based on glowing online comments - "OMG, I love this place!" - you may be relying on bogus or insufficient information. That assessment came from Market Metrix, a San Francisco Bay Area hotel market research company, in a study that found as much as 40% of reviews could be made up or even paid for by the hotels. And even if those online comments are genuine, the study said the reviews could be skewed because hotel guests with bad experiences are three times more likely to write a review than those who had a good or neutral experience.
August 5, 2012 |
What are the marketing gimmicks most widely used by hotel operators to lure guests? Room discounts, followed by free Wi-Fi and other amenities. A survey of more than 25,000 hotel owners and managers in North America by the travel website TripAdvisor found that discounted rooms were offered by 58% of the U.S. hotels surveyed. It was 63% in Mexico and 53% in Canada. “Regionally, it seems that the industry tends to use some of the same methods of attracting travelers,” said Kevin Carter, a spokesman for TripAdvisor.