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Reviews- how many have you done? Are you the leader of the pack?

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by Panina, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Panina

    Panina TUG Review Crew: Elite TUG Member

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    Just was wondering who among us that are currently active on TUG has written the most timeshare reviews. I love reading the reviews and write one everywhere I go. It amazes me I have written 43 since 9/28/2015. I can just imagine what my number would be if I wrote one since Tug started but I was just a looker in the old days not a participator.

    So how many have you written? I know there are many that have written many more then me. And if you haven’t written any recently, here’s my nudge. I want more to read.
     
  2. DrQ

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    Three, just a babe in the woods.
     
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  3. Steve Fatula

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    I don't think I have done a review, but I have posted videos of two places that had no videos for TUG to use on the main site.
     
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  4. pedro47

    pedro47 TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    I have not written that many reviews because we really enjoyed going back to our home resort in Virginia and traveling to SC.

    I disliked to drive more than six (6) hours one way to a resort and the cost of flying have more than triple in the past twenty years . Plus, the number of direct flights to our final destination are becoming very limited out of the Norfolk, Virginia airport. IMHO.
     
  5. mpumilia

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    It looks like I have done 17 of them starting in 2009. I rarely exchange, but I do try to keep writing reviews of our home resorts anyway, as things can change for better or worse each year.
     
  6. Panina

    Panina TUG Review Crew: Elite TUG Member

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    I am sure your reviews with be great if you did them. Your posts are always interesting.
     
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    I'm at 30. I regularly use the reviews when deciding where to go, so I try to repay the favor. TUG reviews are the best because you can tell that they are real.
     
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  8. Panina

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    I agree they are the best and if more tuggers did them it would even be better...that is why occasionally I post about them to give a nudge.
     
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  9. DaveNW

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    ~30 or so. Maybe a few more. I find I visit the same places a lot of folks go to, so I can't add much to what has already been written. If I have something occur that I think will give someone else a head's up, I'll make sure to bring it up in my review. But to stay in the same place (and often, even the same unit number) as the person before me, I have little to add to the conversation. I often add motel or hotel nights in conjunction with timeshare stays, so a lot of my vacations aren't fully represented on Tug.

    If I'm considering booking a resort, I'll read the recent Tug reviews to find out if there are "exchanger beware" warnings, or specific unit numbers to request (or avoid), so I can make the most of the time spent there. But to be completely honest, I am not much for hanging around the resort all day, regardless how nice it may be. I'm an "on the go" vacationer, so I'm more interested in things to see and do in the area, than I am about resort activities. Give me a comfortable bed, a hot shower, a microwave and a good coffee pot, and I'm pretty easy to please. Views and such are important, but are rarely critical. Nice, of course, but not a deal breaker, if I'm staying there because of what's in the area, and not spending much time on the resort grounds. Case in point: I owned at Kauai Beach Villas for more than 10 years, and stayed there about a dozen times. I never once used a barbecue or swam in the resort pool. (What does that say about me? LOL!)

    Dave
     
  10. Panina

    Panina TUG Review Crew: Elite TUG Member

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    If I read a review that you wrote that said I don’t have anything to add, I agree with the last 2 reviews that too would be helpful. It would be another opinion if it’s good or bad. The more people that say good or bad the more validity the reviews have.
     
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  11. DrQ

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    I agree with you on this. I can see a review worthy when:
    • There is a change (good or bad)
    • Realistically setting expectations (lots of negative reviews for a humble resort)
    • There has not been a review in a long time
    I don't see value in "me too"
     
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    More than I remembered writing - 15 reviews since 2016.

    Mary Ann's point about reviewing the same resort is one of the reasons I tried to review the places we have stayed at more than once as well. Things can (and do) change over time at resorts and reading reviews over time about the same resort written by the same person gives me a better feel for a resort in many cases. Especially if the reviews provide details and not just the "we so enjoyed Resort Delta and want to come back every year!!" rah-rah.

    I also strongly agree with Katherine's point above as well - I've found some very good reviews on TUG and want to pay it forward as much as I can as well.

    @TUGBrian - just a thought here (one we have probably tossed at you before) but it would be a nice addition if users could 'like' reviews. In my mind, a review could be "liked" if a reader found it helpful, contained useful insights and/or was filled with a lot of detail. Is there someway registered TUG users could like reviews in this manner? If that were possible, I could imagine a reader looking at Resort Delta could filter (in some way) and only see those reviews that were liked...... Just an idea.....
     
  13. mdurette

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    I just started writing them a couple years ago. So far, 9 in 2 years. I have missed some.

    I just returned from a frequently visited resort, but have already done 2 for that same resort and nothing has changed, so I won’t do another.

    I have a template in word with paragraph topics. I find it easier to go to that. It reminds me of points to comment on. Then I just cut and paste into tug
     
  14. jlp879

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    I'm at 31 to date, but you just reminded me that I haven't finished our Christmas timeshare review yet. I still owe TUG a couple more.

    I also think it's paying it forward, because timeshare reviews by timeshare owners are a lot more meaningful to me than TripAdvisor reviews. It's the first place I look.
     
  15. RX8

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    For some reason you aren’t getting credit for your reviews because you haven’t made the TUG Review Crew highlight (or at least it isn’t shown under your user name).

    Edited - someone fixed it because you are now a Tug Review Veteran!
     
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  16. Conan

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    Impressive, So far your the leader of the pack.
     
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    we count 81 as well on your membership record, just 3 out of the top spot that is held by @overthehill
     
  19. Conan

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    Here's my chance to get to the top!
    Since mid-2015 we've been to (and haven't reviewed)

    Wyndham Santa Barbara, Pompano Beach, FL (#3871)
    Kuleana Club, Maui, HI (#0030)
    Ventura at Boca Raton, FL (#0636)
    Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham, Naples, FL (#D753)
    Greenlinks Golf Resort, Naples, FL (#8848)
    Hilton Grand Vacations Club at McAlpin, Miami Beach, FL (#4865)
    Washington D.C. Hilton (#D733)
    Wyndham Midtown 45, NYC (#D736)
    Bonita Resort and Club, FL (#1680)
    Cottages at Shipyard, Hilton Head Island (#3298)
    Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island (#0040)
    Ona Aucanada, Mallorca (#2821)
    Ona Cala Pi Club, Mallorca (#2967)
    Torrent Bay Club/Marina Palace, Ibiza (#1418/#4183)
    Sandrift Resort, Naples, FL (#5143)
    Thurnham Hall, Lancaster, England (#4128)
    Kilconquhar Estate and Country Club, Fife, Scotland (#0493)
    Sutton Hall Timeshare Club, North Yorkshire, England (#0804)
    Royal Haciendas, Playa del Carmen, MX
    Fitzpatrick Castle Holiday Homes, Killiney, Ireland (#0513)
     
  20. bbodb1

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    Okay, I can't resist this one.........

    @Conan - what is best in life?
     
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    bbodb1 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    This has been mentioned previously in this thread, but I would suggest you consider there is value in doing another review on the resort you previously visited (even if nothing changed) because if that resort is highly rated, consistency at the high level would increase the attractiveness of the resort if this were a resort I was considering.

    At the same time, if your previous reviews were at something less than a high level, and those problems still exist, that tells me the management is not addressing areas of need.

    Just a thought.....
     
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    Now start climbing, your almost there. I look forward to reading them all.
     
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    Thank you for noting that, RX8 and TUGBrian (if I had to guess) for fixing that!
     
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    I would give top marks to Craigendarroch Scotland, Westin St. John, and Hilton Club NYC.

    More broadly, the best timeshares are those that let us stay a week, at a good price in reasonable comfort, in an area we might otherwise have missed:

    Camelback Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona (#1150)
    Tristram's Landing, Nantucket, Massachusetts (#0052)
    Little Gull, Longboat Key, Florida (#0865)
    Villas at Banyan Bay, San Pedro Island, Belize (#5946)
    Stouts Hill, Gloucestershire, England (#0939)
    Langdale, Cumbria, England (#0813)
    Anfi Beach Club, Gran Canaria (#3081)
    Macdonald Villacana, Estepona, Spain (#1847)
    Four Seasons Vilamoura, Portugal (#2062)
    Il Poggio, Tuscany, Italy (#4182)
    I Gioielli del Doge, Venice, Italy (#3577)
    Hotel Deutschmeister, Vienna, Austria (#1870)
    Grand Hyatt, Istanbul, Turkey (#C151)
    Anezina Village, Paros, Greece (#4806)
    Candia Park Village, Agios Nikolaos, Crete (#3232)
    Marriott's Phuket Beach Club, Thailand (MPU)
    Nepean Country Club, Victoria, Australia (#1169)
     
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    Looks like I’m currently at 61.
     

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