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Places to Avoid Going to if You Can....An Ongoing Series of Opinionated Reviews

I've always wondered if the guys who write Fodor's and Frommer's actually stay in the hotels they review. Or sometimes, if they've been to the cities they write about within the past, say, 10 years. (I picked up a 2003 guide to Phoenix earlier this year....and it raved about Ed Debevic's. Nothing wrong with that, except that by 2003 Ed Debevic's had been closed for about five years.)

Case in point....The Villa Athena in Agrigento, Sicily.

Based on reviews like this one from This Is Travel and this one from Fodor's, you might be suckered into staying there. Even this one from Frommer's doesn't sound too bad. Rude hoteliers? So what, you say.

If that was the only problem this guy came across, I'm sure he would have been happy. But apparently he's not alone. Trip Advisor, a place with independent traveler reviews, also had a different take than the big guys.

In any case....repeat after me....there but for the grace of the Internet, it mighta been me.....


  • At 10:09 PM, Anonymous cb/other said…

    I went to Ed Debevecks when I first
    moved here. it was that 50's themed diner right? It was ridicously expensive. I think you had to pay
    for the atmosphere there. Like its
    so difficult to be rude to customers.

  • At 2:51 PM, Blogger Kory O said…

    Yep, that's the one.

    But, you underestimate the market for people willing to pay too much to be insulted. Think of New York....


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