• Best Travel Sites

    "This Web site is an uncensored compendium of hotel reviews from all over the world: The good, the bad and the disgusting get equal weight."

    March 30, 2006 | Link

  • Summer Vacation Plans 2006

    "If you just want to read up on the best and worst hotels, referred to as 'hotel heaven' and 'hotel hell,' check out"

    January 20, 2006 | Link

  • Make a Quick Getaway

    "For more advanced-level tactics for booking at the last-minute, we recommend, which gleans intelligence about the best and worst hotels from readers' missives and articles from top travel publications. (At the site, enter the search terms 'last minute' to fetch relevant tidbits.)"

    October 25, 2005 | Link

  • For Hotels, You'

    "Besides the sites where users can post reviews, a handful offer those who log in the chance to post and answer questions about specific hotels. They include, and's Thorn Tree."

    September 25, 2005 | Link

  • Biz Travel: Seeing Stars

    " offers a daily newsletter and blog with a lot of attitude--and a lot of good information. Much of the information on the site comes from members who send in their news, tips and reviews."

    August 1, 2005 | Link

  • In Blogs We Trust

    " groups its rants and raves from irreverent globe-trotters into 'Hotel Hell' and 'Hotel Heaven.' Mark Johnson says he created the site after noting a lack of 'good hotel gossip on the Internet.' Look for postings on hotel openings, deals, and celebrity sightings."

    March, 2005 | Link

    Best of the Web :: Hotel Reviews

    "What the site has going for it is a stringent vetting process that ensures all posts are on the up and up. That filter--along with the editors' running commentary, added to every submission--helps make HotelChatter the only reader review site to read just for fun."

    April, 2006 | Link

  • Best Of The Net: Ten of the best travel blogs

    " is strong on US hotels, with a sideline in naming and shaming bad Italian accommodation."

    February 26, 2005 | Link

  • Staying at a Hotel While It's in Previews

    "The Hotel on Rivington also sent mailings to well-heeled travelers and travel agents, and has been a topic of discussion on Web sites like HotelChatter. 'Word of mouth has really helped,' said Mr. Ortlieb."

    January 9, 2005 | Link

    On Board The Message Board

    "Although travel companies pay attention to other travel sites, like,, and, FlyerTalk is widely considered the best place to go for feedback, given the level of activity on its forums."

    June 14, 2005 | Link

    For Travelers, Some Web Sites Are Leveling the Playing Field

    "'If we're doing our job we're an entertaining read and we're also giving you detailed info that you can't get other places,' said Mark Johnson, who created the site two years ago and runs it much like an online magazine, generating content and posting new stories daily."

    August 7, 2005 | Link

    Less Style, More Substance

    "'Regular people can't get any service at this hotel [Hollywood's Hotel Roosevelt],' he said. 'But Eva Longoria was getting photographed there in her bikini.'"

    "'If hoteliers would focus on getting service up to the level of design in these places,' Mr. Johnson said, 'I think the guests would be much happier.'"

    November 15, 2005 | Link

  • Wireless Sneaks

    "More than 6,000 hotels world-wide are Wi-Fi-enabled, up from about 2,500 in 2003, according to Pyramid Research in Cambridge, Mass. Many charge a nominal fee for the service, but others use it to attract business travelers. Mark Johnson, publisher of travel blog, says he holds meetings in Wi-Fi-enabled lobbies, and even posted messages from the Parker House lobby in Boston during the Democratic National Convention last summer. 'No one has ever discouraged me from doing it,' he says."

    December 17, 2004 | Link (Membership Required)

    Boutique Hotels' Dilemma

    "Still, in the short term, some damage may already be done: Frustrated guests have detailed their experiences on popular Web sites such as, and -- sites that reach a target audience and demographic the hotel is hoping to tap."

    July 22, 2005 | Link (Membership Required)

  • "Hotel hell. Hotel heaven. Celebrity scoop. Add these topics to the more traditional tips, news and deals, and you've got Publisher Mark Johnson created the site last November to deal with what he saw as a dearth of 'good hotel gossip on the Internet.' It's quick, to the point and, often, downright funny."

    July, 7, 2004 | Link

    "No two ways about it, Wi-Fi is what this year has been all about in the hotel world. Because the list of who-has-what changes as fast as the technology, you've got to be pretty quick to keep up with the changing landscape. The oh-so-watchful folks at Hotel have compiled a list of the best and worst hotel brands for wireless technology."

    November 16, 2004 | Link

    "With room key and a camera at the ready,'s publisher takes us on a backstage journey during his stay at Wynn. From the lobby to the rooms, pool to casino floor, you can get a glimpse of the hotel before the rest of the world. The blog's entries give you an honest look at the good, the bad and the just plain so-so. It's almost like being there, except for not being able to swim in the cool pool, sleep in the swanky digs, chill in a nice room or. ... Well, you get the idea."

    May 10, 2005 | Link

  • "Anyone who travels a lot knows that a hotel that works is worth every penny we pay. So in the spirit of finding What Works I have to recommend the website. It is full of scabrous comments on bad service and facilities. There is another section on hotel heaven as well. (A place for celebrity chatter gives you first-hand accounts of Paris Hilton partying in a hotel lounge or Lance Armstrong's check-in chatter.)"

    August 15, 2004 | Link

    15 Tips for a Better Business Trip

    "#6 Sleeping Easier."

    April, 2006 | Link

  • "God bless Hotel Chatter for following up on one of the funniest travel/Web collisions of the past few years -- the famous 'Yours is a Very Bad Hotel' page, in which two genuinely pissed-off business travelers used their mad Powerpoint skillz to take aim at an inept Houston hotel that had managed to bump them despite their 'confirmed' reservations, and then did very little to remedy the problem."

    July 30, 2004 | Link

  • "It's hard to get the real dirt from travelers on specific hotels. Hotelchatter seeks to change that. It has sections on travel news (where Britney Spears stayed in London), tips (how students 'gamed' Priceline), and deals (cheap hotels in Mexico and elsewhere). Sections dubbed Hotel Hell and Hotel Heaven are skimpy, but it's a good start."

    March 14, 2004 | Link

  • "Hotelchatter is nicely designed with sections on travel news (where Britney Spears stayed in London), tips (how MIT students ''gamed" Priceline), and deals (cheap hotels in Mexico and elsewhere). When controversy erupted over the construction and design of the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square, Johnson tried to get a debate going by posting news stories and soliciting neighborhood commentary and management responses."

    February 29, 2004 | Link

  • "Looking for a more frank and detailed appraisal of a hotel than most guidebooks and official websites provide? Check out The site is a collaborative Web publication, with travel writers and travelers contributing colorful and often passionate personal reports of real-life experiences with lodgings around the world - the good, the bad and the merely mediocre. They give the real scoop on rooms, services, celeb spottings, unexpected costs and good ways to find discounts."

    February 9, 2004 | Link