Never before have consumers been so empowered to play their role as critics to determine which inns deserve their business. And never have so many B&Bs, Inns and hotels been so eager to have them do so.
In ANCIENT times circa 1981, BEFORE computers, before the Internet, perhaps before you were BORN, travelers had to rely on PRINTED guide books to even find places to stay, much less see how they rated.
But thanks to Steve Jobs, Al Gore, the Pentagon and the Scientific community we have the INTERNET and the Travel Universe has changed. NOW not only can you find a place, you can see how it looks, you can Book it and after you've stayed, you can Review it!
And as you'd expect, an EXPERIENCE carries more weight than any Advertisement.
Not only will your fellow travelers benefit from your experience, but your inn will too!
Tripadvisor RANKS inns MOSTLY BY THE FREQUENCY of their reviews not just by their "Excellent & Very Good" reviews.
The Beazley House has a 97% Excellent/Very Good RATING. But we are ranked #10 of 25 inns because our guests don't review us FREQUENTLY ENOUGH.
This is why we ask you to rate us on Tripadvisor or Yelp or Google when you leave and in our Thank you Letters!
If an inn or B&B has mostly "Poor" or Average" rated comments, Read them!
MORE IMPORTANTLY, read the inn's response! Is the owner defensive? Has he addressed the guests' concerns?
Is there a pattern of abuse or continuing problems in these poor reviews?
If the same room or complaint seems to be repeated over and over, maybe the guests are on to something! FAIR WARNING!
On the Other hand, if an Inn has mostly "Good or Excellent" reviews you'll see the "Poor and "Average" usually are quite unfair.
Your OWN common sense will tell you wether the guest was being unreasonable of if there was (IS) a real problem.
Finally you're able to judge if the inn you are reading about sounds like a place you will enjoy.