Santa Fe New Mexican, October 2, 2005, Page 99

Santa Fe New Mexican

October 02, 2005

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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico have been a fluke incident a frazzled desk clerk dirty socks overlooked by housekeeping a plate dropped by a room service attendant is used as black mark against a hotel Different reviews of a property on the same site are sometimes grossly inconsistent or contradictory The Hotelshark entry on the Fountainebleau a popular fourstar property in Miami contains two entries one says the other warns Our minivaca tion turned out to be a nightmare at this socalled The inconsistencies of the reviews make it hard for me to rely on said John Wolf a media official for Mar riott International When one person dumps on a place and another praises it who do you believe The reviewers credibility and moti vation can be questionable Since most sites do not require critics to post iden tifying information only the Graffiti Wall at Ricksteves requires full names and contact information its unclear who the reviewers are Travelocity requires user reviewers to register but not to include their contact information online To hedge against hotel managers or their friends writing hyped reviews of properties Expedia allows only those who book a hotel room through the site to write a review On Igougo most reviews are written by registered members many include names contact information and even photos of the reviewers Most Tripadvisor reviews list the writers home town but are other anonymous We have tools in place to detect fraudulent according to Tri padvisor spokesman Brooke Ferencsik In addition to scrutinizing all reviews prior to posting we pay particular atten tion to those whom we have reason to The sites rarely give hoteliers the opportunity to respond We contacted the hotels criticized by user reviewers in comments quoted above Responding to the Wheretostay critique of SuperClubs Breezes spokeswoman Jennifer Spar row said reviews on other sites were more positive In reaction to the charge on Epinions that service at 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