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4 Ways to Handle the Funniest and Quirkiest Guest Reviews

Not sure how to handle funny or quirky guest reviews? Read this article to get 4 best ways to reply to feedback that stands out from the crowd.

Every hotel has experienced at least one funny or quirky situation involving their guests. Afterall, an industry for the people, by the people will always have its share of stories that surpass the ordinary in a good or a bad way.

For this article, we have selected 4 reviews that stand out from the crowd either through their writing style, or by a quirky situation they describe. 

When replying to this type of feedback, make sure to stay calm and as objective as possible. Here are some of our recommendations to reply to different types of funny or quirky reviews:

  1. When funny guest reviews describe an issue.

Even if humor is used, in this situation, the feedback refers to issues happening in your hotel – so focusing on identifying and solving those issues beyond the funny aspect is essential. Make sure to apologize, address the issues and invite the guest back. 

I would have given the vacation a better review but my last 3 days were made hellish by the Butlers...Have you ever felt stalked, like a shadow was on you, a stain that couldn’t be removed, an ex that couldn’t accept the breakup, a parasite nipping at an open wound? You can’t even have a proper siesta in the afternoon, because the Butlers are hanging around the building, shouting to one another in the halls. The last day, the Butler kept harassing us, trying to get us to move rooms at 10 am! She kept coming to the door for one trumped up reason or another and sometimes when she didn’t get a response, called us on the phone like a psycho (letting it ring 30 times because she always knew our whereabouts and knew we were there).
No matter how funny the feedback is, it points at a real issue happening in your hotel.
When Funny Reviews Describe An Issue Response
Focus on identifying and solving the issues.

2. When funny guest reviews are confusing.

If you haven’t heard about powdered eggs – don’t worry, you’re not the only one 🙂 In this particular case, powdered most likely refers to the quality of the meal served. Make sure to address that in your review and with your kitchen staff. Don’t focus just on a single word – try to see the big picture or issue, in this case.

Review 2/5
The breakfast was terrible, no options, and had powdered eggs.

Hotel’s response:
We use liquid eggs.

Recommended hotel’s response:
Thank you for staying with Hotel name. We’re sorry to hear that our breakfast didn’t meet your expectations.

We will discuss our current options with our chef to see if we can include more variety in our breakfast menu and focus on improving the quality of the meals that we serve.

Feel free to contact us at hotel@hotel.com if you have any other feedback in terms of our Food & Beverage services.

Hope to see you again soon.

Kind regards,
Hotel staff.
Don’t focus just on a single word – try to see the big picture or issue
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  1. When funny guest reviews aren’t that funny for the hotel.

We’re not sure what the guest has done during his or her stay, but it seems that the hotel was staying on top by delivering a great and consistent service regardless of the situation. Even if it is a post-stay apology, it points out that a quality-focused service, no matter the circumstances, makes the difference between a good and a great hotel.

Review 5/5

The staff was wonderful and kind.
I am absolutely disgusted by my behavior.

Recommended hotel’s response:

Dear guest,
Thank you so much for your kind words.

I will forward your message to our staff, they will appreciate it a lot. At Hotel Name, we focus on delivering a great guest experience no matter the situation.

We hope to see you again soon.

Kind regards,
Hotel manager
Even if it is a post-stay apology, it points out that a quality-focused service, no matter the circumstances, makes the difference between a good and a great hotel.
Replying to positive feedback may not be your number one priority, but we encourage you to take your time and respond as much as you can to your guests’ praises. By saying a genuine thank you, you may turn a one-time satisfied customer into a returning, delighted guest.

Your Guide to Replying to Positive Reviews

Replying to positive feedback may not be your number one priority, but we encourage you to take your time and respond as much as you can to your guests’ praises. By saying a genuine thank you, you may turn a one-time satisfied customer into a returning, delighted guest.

  1. When guest reviews are funny just for the sake of being funny.

Sometimes, you may get reviews you’re not sure how to approach, as they seem going a little bit too far with the demands. These are not high-priority in terms of your reply, unless they refer to a real issue. When responding to these reviews, we recommend to go along with the imagination of your guests and focus on the funny side of it. Or, for this particular case,  you can check a tutorial on shaping towels. It covers more animals, so you may get to satisfy different tastes and “conditions” 🙂 

When Reviews Are Funny Just For The Sake Of Being Funny
When responding to these reviews, we recommend to go along with the imagination of your guests and focus on the funny side of it.

The sky’s the limit for the creativity some may put into writing a review. As a hotelier, it is important to distinguish whether the humor was used to describe an issue or purely for giving a funny note, and not taking it personally.

[Infograph] Why and How to Respond to Your Guest Reviews

[Infographic] Why & How to Respond to Your Guest Reviews

The essentials of responding to your guest feedback, now condensed in a visual-friendly format.