Category: Reviews

How we review….

Travel Reviews is a RECOMMENDATION site. We are totally non-commercial at present, meaning we receive no money for our reviews from the places we review. (Now you’re thinking, how do they make money? We sell the articles to parenting magazines and newspapers, that’s how!) This lack of financial obligation allows us to write whatever we feel about the places we visit.

We do, however, believe what our mothers told us, “If you don’t have something nice to say….” If we run into a place that we cannot recommend, then we simply do not include this information in our site. I’ve heard comments that “this isn’t fair” (my father is my greatest critic!) because we don’t share the negatives if we have them (really, we don’t have them very often at all). We feel that just because we have a negative experience doesn’t give us the right to trash the reputation of an establishment. Being a former manager, I know anyone in a position of hiring has at some time or another hired someone they wished they hadn’t. We all have bad days, and even more so, different tastes and desires.

Please understand that in the four years we’ve been doing this, we’ve only had to neglect to include one tourist attraction (although it was only $5 per head to get in, it was SUPER cheesy, about a ten minute tour, and a family of four’s $20 would be better spent elsewhere). We’ve re-reviewed one restaurant at the manager’s request, as the first time it was not up to the standards they would have liked (due to a major necessary employee turnover right after our visit) or a great experience for us. They plead their case, explained that they knew their problems and were rectifying them, and asked us to give it another shot. The improvements were obvious and we had a terrific second visit. They now appear on our site.

(And no, I’m not telling you what these two places were, what would my mother think?!?!)

So that’s how we do it. :)

The Mills House Hotel review

The Mills House Hotel review

The Mills House Hotel 115 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 577-2400/ (800) 874-9600 What first comes to mind when I think of our experience at the Mills House Hotel is “What a Place!” The Mills House Hotel has a long history, dating back to the early 1800’s.  It has welcomed guests in Charleston in …

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Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa review

Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa review

90 Ridge Trail Drive Sedona, AZ 86351 (928) 284-6928 www.hiltonsedona.com   When you combine Hilton’s well-known quality, amenities galore, and Sedona’s famous red rocks you get a fantastic place to stay.  I’ll say right off the bat that the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa is hands down the best family-friendly resort we visited in Arizona. Check-in …

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The Choo Choo Barn

The Choo Choo Barn

The Choo Choo Barn  and the Shops of Traintown  – Review Route 741 East, Box 130 Strasburg, PA 17579 (717) 687-7911 Email: info@choochoobarn.com Now this is a really cool place!  The Choo Choo Barn is an indoor miniature train exhibit that began 38 years ago and has been growing ever since.  The 1,700 square foot …

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Mystique Dining

Mystique Dining

1410 S. Entertainment Ave. Boise, ID 83709 (208) 375 2141 Whether you are looking for a great meal, a fabulous evening out, or perhaps a way to celebrate a special occasion in or around the Boise, ID area, look no further than Mystique Dining. We’ve celebrated two different special occasions at Mystique, and have also …

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Excalibur Hotel and Casino review

Excalibur Hotel and Casino review

Excalibur Hotel and Casino 3850 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109 (877) 750-5464 FREE About a week ago I was given just 12 hours notice that I would need to take off for Vegas for about 4 days. Since I needed to keep the costs down where I could, I decided to give the …

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Terrible’s Primm Valley Resort and Casino review

Terrible’s Primm Valley Resort and Casino review

Terrible’s Primm Valley Resort and Casino review 31900 Las Vegas Blvd S. Primm, NV 89019-7002 (702) 386-7867 I recently attended an ATA Tournament in Primm, NV, and after reading all the reviews on the web I made the easy decision to stay in Vegas and just make the short drive to Primm for the tournament, …

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Rouge Piment Vietnamese restaurant – Brussels

Rouge Piment Vietnamese restaurant – Brussels

Rouge Piment serves vietnamese and thai cuisine. Located close to the Brussels Bourse, an area with a number of Vietnamese and Thai restaurants, Rouge Piment has been open for less than a year. We visited the restaurant using a discounted coupon good for a 4 course menu. The interior was fairly new looking and quite …

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Review of MGallery Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La – Yunnan, China

Review of MGallery Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La – Yunnan, China

MGallery Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La As part of our Yunnan tour, we considered a visit to Shangri-La. We knew about the old town which had recently gone up in flames and had read about the marketing strategy surrounding the “Shangri-La” re-naming in 2001. Our decision to make the trip there was actually heavily influenced by …

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Ebook review – Travel Safety

Ebook review – Travel Safety

I recently got a copy of Travel Safety, an ebook published by Indie Travel Media (the same people behind the Indie Travel Podcast). I thought I’d write a review as I think this book will be of interest to Budget Travel Blog readers. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Travel Safety is written by Craig Bidois (head of NZ …

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Go Nuts for Almond House Backpackers in New Zealand

Go Nuts for Almond House Backpackers in New Zealand

Among numerous hotel, motel, bed and breakfast house, lodge and backpackers choices in Nelson, New Zealand, consider Almond House Backpackers for convenience, budget, and comfort. This hostel has an 84% BBH quality rating, pleasant outdoor views and is just a short walk to the city center. (Map) For those of you who are not familar …

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Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Corsica and the South of France

Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Corsica and the South of France

The hotel that you choose during your French holiday should offer much more than just a place to sleep at night.  On a day when you just want to relax and perhaps take a break from shopping and sight-seeing, you should have the luxury of finding entertainment and relaxation right within the walls of your …

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Onesmart in Thailand – worth taking with you?

Onesmart in Thailand – worth taking with you?

A couple of years ago Air New Zealand, in co-operation with BNZ, launched Onesmart – a travel debit card for it’s Airpoints members. Onesmart’s appeal lies in it’s low account fees, ability to earn Airpoints Dollars on purchases, and multi-currency wallets (meaning you can pre-purchase foreign currency without commission when the exchange rate suits you). …

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