Starwood Hotels Launches Online Ratings & Reviews

Maldives Promotion HouseStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced a new place for travellers to get unbiased hotel ratings and reviews – its own websites. Recognizing that in the digital information age travellers research hotels differently, Starwood is one of the first major hotel companies to invite guests to contribute ratings and reviews directly on its hotel websites.

In a recent survey, nearly 85 percent of Starwood Preferred Guest® members said they find value in consumer ratings and reviews on travel sites.  Starwood is making it easier for consumers to find the information they crave with reviews displayed directly on the hotel page they are viewing. The open forum gives travellers a place to share and search for genuine hotel reviews – both the positive and the negative – so they can plan their ideal hotel stay.  Taking authenticity a step further, Starwood is also making sure all comments are from guests who actually stayed at the hotel. Reviews are verified by a hotel reservation confirmation.

“Our goal is to provide everything a guest needs to select and book their best hotel experience and there’s no better place to offer this information than on our own websites,” Senior Vice President, Starwood Preferred Guest, Chris Holdren said. “Starwood’s new ratings and reviews platform provides a valuable new way for guests to learn from the experiences of fellow travellers.”

Starwood believes the key to building deeper relationships with its most loyal guests is through access to honest and transparent information. Guests can now post ratings and reviews based on a variety of criteria including: Overall Rating, Room Comfort, Staff Met My Needs, Room Cleanliness and SPG Recognition. Helping to create a more personalized experience, guests can also filter review content to see the information that is most relevant to them including: Star Rating, Purpose of Travel, Frequency of Travel, SPG Level, Above/Met Expectations and Below Expectations. Reviews can also be shared through social media channels, including both personal and property Facebook pages.

“With the launch of Ratings & Reviews, Starwood is showing a true commitment to embracing the authentic voice of their customers,” BazaarvoiceCMO, Erin Mulligan Nelson said.  “We’re proud to work with them as they continue to lead the way for the travel industry.”

Starwood’s ratings and reviews are powered by Bazaarvoice. Bazaarvoice‘s Software as a Service (SaaS) social commerce solutions have powered more than 250 billion customer conversations on brand web sites like Best Buy, Blue Shield of California, Costco, Dell, Macy’s, P&G, Panasonic, QVC, and USAA. The company connects organizations to their influencers through a unique network that reaches hundreds of millions of consumers around the globe, enabling authentic customer-powered marketing.

Through syndication, analytics, partnerships, and consulting, Bazaarvoicebrings the voice of the customer to the centre of their clients’ business strategy, proving ‘social’ can drive measured revenue growth and cost savings for manufacturing, retail, travel, and financial services companies. Headquartered in Austin, the company has offices in Amsterdam, London, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, and Sydney.

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