Whine Wednesdays: Hotels Scamming TripAdvisor Reviews Case W Bogota


Some people rely on TripAdvisor reviews when choosing hotels that is problematic because the platform is plagued with fake reviews (paid positive), while hotels try to suppress critical ones.

Whine Wednesdays this week revisits W Bogota that was featured on our recent currency scam piece that they used to inflate hotel rates by 10%+.

Here’s what transpired at the hotel:

Hotels Scamming With Room Rates – Hilton & Marriott Hotels In Colombia

Here’s an email that I received from TripAdvisor:

Someone at the hotel (social media manager/associate) had probably flagged the review, and TripAdvisor would then remove it if I don’t take any action.

I emailed the hotel’s General Manager EDUARDO F. YOSHIMOTO that I found this practice distasteful and didn’t receive a reply.

Here video review of the suite I had at the W Bogota:

Here’s our previous piece about hotels scamming their Tripadvisor Reviews:


Hotels “Managing” (Scamming) Their TripAdvisor Reviews

Australian court fines hotel $3M for “managing” their reviews:

Meriton Fine

Australian Court Fines Hotelier $3 Million For “Managing” TripAdvisor Reviews

Another case from Doha:

Hotels Gaming TripAdvisor Rankings Case W Doha U

Hotel Managing TripAdvisor Reviews Case: W Doha (Read Getting Critical Deleted)

A reader had trouble publishing critical reviews on TripAdvisor:


Reader Question: TripAdvisor Censoring Critical Reviews?

Sheraton management was hostile to readers comment:

Sheraton Dubrovnik

Reader Comment: Management Hostile To TripAdvisor Reviews Case Sheraton Dubrovnik

There is even a scientific study done from hotel reviews:

Mirage ResortThe Economist: Hotel Reviews On Travel Websites Are Largely Unrealistic!


The hotel solicits reviews by putting the card with a reminder of TripAdvisor inside the envelope with your folio.

They then don’t automatically post the stay so that you don’t get the Marriott’s post-stay survey (smart action if they know that you were unhappy), of which results are often tied to GMs bonuses.

They then try to get critical reviews removed that expose the scam that the hotel is running, warning other guests to pay attention to the charges.

Unfortunately, Mr. Eduardo Yashimoto feels that this otherwise good to great hotel needs to take these actions, which I consider unethical and possibly illegal (the currency scam).

These hotels will eventually all fail. The guests should have a realistic view of what they can expect at the property rather than only ravingly positive ones.

TripAdvisor also has an issue. They collect most of their revenue from the fees they charge from hotels (you are the product). It is not in their best interest to have critical reviews of their partners that could suppress bookings on the platform.