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Among the sites with the most reviews of luxury brands, it is interesting that online travel agencies, such as Booking.com, Expedia.com and Hotels.com, which only accept reviews from verified guests, are among the leaders and are definitely making their presence felt.
As a group, smaller luxury hotel brands get slightly better online guest reviews than the big luxury brands, according to a new study.
Reputation management firm ReviewPro found that the top 25 small luxury brands it considered achieved marks that were on average 2.9% higher in its Global Review Index than did the top 25 large brands.
ReviewPro analyzed more than 830,000 reviews published in 2013 from the 84 hotel brands (including 1,692 properties) that STR Global classified as “luxury” chains. ReviewPro categorized large brands as those with 20 or more properties, and small brands as having fewer than 20.
Here are the top 5 brands in each category, according to their GRI scores:
Top 5 Large Luxury Hotel Brands
|Large Luxury Chains|
|1. Oberoi Hotels|
|2. Four Seasons Hotels|
|3. Orient-Express Hotels|
|4. Park Hyatt Hotels|
|5. Taj Hotels|
Top 5 Small Luxury Hotel Brands
|Small Luxury Chains|
|1. Constance Hotels|
|2. Capella Hotels|
|3. Montage Hotels|
|4. Firmdale Hotels|
|5. Rock Resorts|
In other findings from the ReviewPro’s Top Luxury Hotel & Brand report:
- Only 5.3% of the user reviews were negative while 82% were positive, and 12.7% were neutral.
- There were 35% more reviews of luxury hotel brands in 2013 compared with 2012.
- When considering the top 100 luxury properties that were rated, India (13%) had the largest number of properties, followed by the U.S. (11%) and China (11%).
The report also shows the online travel agency and review sites with the most reviews of the 84 luxury brands under consideration:
Most Reviews of Luxury Hotel Brands