Richard's Picks: Best Hotels in the World, Fall 2016
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The wisdom of the crowd is a beautiful thing, except when it's not. When it comes to matters of taste, the pack tends to push quality assessments to a lower common denominator. That can be good when the bar is a best-surprise-is-no-surprise epistemology, but if you seek quality of a different metric...say, personality, artistic rendition, personalized service, even singularity, then crowd sourcing may not be the best way to go. Rotten Tomatoes is a great example, as the movie goers rarely give same marks as the professional critics, and I often align with a particular critic and take his word over the crowd. Even TripAdvisor is problematic, at least for me, beyond the suspect reviews, as the average hotel guest has appetites quite different from my own.
My work takes me to a blur of hotels each year, and I have developed a stick for certain qualities, from the magic of a daring vista, to the diacritic bathroom notions, the embroidery of comfort, and the intrigue of options.
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