It’s a site logged onto by over 32 million members, with over 100 million reviews posted online and 50 million monthly user views – no wonder it claims to be the world’s largest social travel network! For a venue to get a good rating on Tripadvisor is like hitting the travel jackpot; hence the folks at Raffles Dubai must be dancing the jig as the pyramid-shaped hotel next to Wafi Mall nabbed the much coveted number one spot amongst the 472 hotels rated in Dubai. It's Tomo by Takahashi restaurant is oft cited as one of the best Japanese haunts in a city full of sushi-centric centres.
Raffles Dubai, which had reviews gushing visitors “couldn’t ask for more” and would “recommend this hotel 200 per cent” comes from a distinguished pedigree of five-star properties that date back to 1887 with the opening of Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The portfolio currently has nine properties in locations as diverse as Paris, Seychelles, Cambodia and Saudi Arabia with Istanbul and Indonesian sites to welcome visitors soon.
Dar Al Masyaf at the Madinat Jumeriah and its sister property, Al Qasr bagged the second and third spots with the Grosvenor House, One&Only Royal Mirage Residence&Spa and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa just clicks from the top. Others in the most-lauded leagues included the JA Oasis Beach Tower, The Oberoi Dubai, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and rounding up the top ten, the Mina A’Salam, also at the Madinat Jumeirah.
Given the capricious nature of posters, and the fact that its a faceless review system, the reviewers' choices are liable to shift at a whim. We're eagerly following these rating wars!