Being a bit long in the tooth I well remember the days before the internet and choosing a holiday based purely on reading between the lines of a brochure. It was a standing joke with us that we always picked the worst restaurant in a resort on our first night.
Well those days are gone as we all spend many hours researching every aspect of our holidays. Very useful and time saving when you get there but does anyone think it sometimes takes the fun out of it.
My real reason for asking the question regarding reviews though is that on a recent visit to Elounda we met a restaurant owner who seems to have an air of desperation about him. He constantly had TA up on his screen in the back, checking all the time for reviews. Then at the end of the meal he comes over with raki and sits down with a rather manic manner practically begging for a good review. This particular restaurant does get mainly good reviews and although we did not particularly enjoy it, I did not even include it in the reviews I did because I was reluctant to give a bad or even average review knowing the effect it has on him.
Does anyone else think this is somehow wrong that our opinions can have such an effect on people. It constantly amazes me how different experiences of the same place can be. I have seen complaints about places we have thought excellent and glowing reports on places we've hated. Some of this is down to personal preference but also everywhere can have an off night due to a variety of reasons and it seems a shame if their reputation is damaged because of this.
Sorry to go, just interest in other peoples opinion on this.