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Family and/or children friendly hotels.

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Family and/or children friendly hotels.

Trip Advisor, we have been using your site to try and find a hotel for a short break in Palm Springs. We are a family, one small child of 16 months. Your Top Two Rated family friendly hotels in Palm Springs in fact do not accept children under 18 years of age. That is a ridiculous scale if you consider children to be over 18 years old?.... Please address your rating system, its utterly redundant.

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1. Re: Family and/or children friendly hotels.

The sort feature is definitely flawed.

Ask folks on the Palm Springs forum for suggestions. Members who know & love Palm Springs will be happy to suggest appropriate lodgings.

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2. Re: Family and/or children friendly hotels.

You are not talking to TripAdvisor. Mr. TripAdvisor does not read this forum.

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3. Re: Family and/or children friendly hotels.

LOL, Mrs TripAdvisor might though :-)

Looks like the OP is getting some good suggestions on the PS forum.

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4. Re: Family and/or children friendly hotels.

It is absurd how hotels that do not accept children can be classed as family friendly!

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5. Re: Family and/or children friendly hotels.

Even more absurd is that there are some properties that are listed as Adult Only that allow children 13+

What is the hotel listed as on their own website - Family or Adult Only

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6. Re: Family and/or children friendly hotels.

The categorization happens automatically based on who you travelled with. At this time we don't have a category for Family/young children. I found 3 hotels that were in that category in Palm Springs that shouldn't have been and was able to have them removed. Thanks for letting us know.

Edited: 09 January 2014, 16:44
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7. Re: Family and/or children friendly hotels.

This is another reason to get rid of the mandatory choice between business, couples, family, friends, solo when writing a hotel review. A middle aged person staying at a hotel with aged parents correctly selects "family" in his review, and all of a sudden the hotel is family friendly.

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8. Re: Family and/or children friendly hotels.

"This is another reason to get rid of the mandatory choice between business, couples, family, friends, solo when writing a hotel review"

I still think the labels have some value as a breakdown of the reviews

Others such as luxury, romantic, etc new a total overhaul as we all have a different idea as to what luxury means

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9. Re: Family and/or children friendly hotels.

True, the divisions are not perfect, but I agree with FFM that they are helpful in providing a rough guide. A person on business, for example, probably wouldn't waste time looking at the "couples" category.

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10. Re: Family and/or children friendly hotels.

While they may have some value for filtering reviews where an intelligent human is reading the reviews and can ignore those that are obviously not relevant it is very dangerous to use them to classify hotels as 'Family friendly' which most assume includes young children when TA enforces a choice but doesn't have a category for adult family groups.

If you are going to attempt automatic classification you should at least look at the proportion of reviews that are from families compared to couples - at least 25% of the reviews should be from families to qualify as family friendly.

I came across one adult only hotel on Jamaica that has 2,300 couples reviews and only 40 family reviews but which is still classified as family friendly

Edited: 09 January 2014, 23:00