TripAdvisor reveals the most (and least) reviewed attractions of 2017

TripAdvisor, the global travel review database, has revealed the destinations, hotels and attractions to come under the most scrutiny this year, racking up the highest number of ratings.

London took the title of most-reviewed city in the world, despite not being the most-visited (that would be Bangkok), while the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, received more reviews than any other hotel in the world ("this place rocks"). 

The most famous unfinished building in the world, Barcelona's Sagrada Familia, was the most-reviewed attraction, receiving nearly 30,000 comments in just 12 months ("awesome is not an overstatement"), while Lisbon's Pasteis de Belem, renowned for its glorious custard tarts, was the most-reviewed eatery, with more than 10,000 ratings ("love, love, love").

The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, was the attraction booked most through TripAdvisor, joining the Boston Park Plaza in Massachusetts as the most-booked hotel.

The review website said its Japanese members were the most prolific users, submitting more opinions than any other nationality, while British users added more reviews on one day of the year - February 14 - than any other 24-hour period. How romantic.

Eritrea, one of the newest countries in the world having only gained independence in 1993, contributed the fewest reviewers - nine people, with just 17 musings.

Closer to home, the most-reviewed places in Australia turned out some curious winners.

For example, the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney garnered the most reviews.

The most-reviewed attraction was the Sydney Opera House (excellent, according to 74 per cent of users), while the restaurant with the highest number of contributions was Chin Chin in Melbourne, which has recently opened another restaurant in Sydney.

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Sydney might have the most reviewed attraction, but it was Melbourne that was the most reviewed destination, with 635,919 users casting their votes.

The most-booked attraction through the site was Gordon River Cruises, who offer half-day cruises on the Gordon River in Tasmania.

Interestingly, over 16,000 Australian businesses received their first review on the site in 2017.

This year, TripAdvisor celebrated the publication of its 500 millionth review, and reckoned that each reviewer made, on average, three submissions.

Stephen Kelly, one of TripAdvisor's Contributors of the Year wrote 1,915 reviews in 22 months - about three a day.

"I try to do three or four [reviews] a day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, one in the evening. I never get bored doing it," he said.

At a glance: The most reviewed places on TripAdvisor

Hotel Hard Rock Hotel: Punta Cana

Eatery: Pasteis de Belem, Lisbon

Attraction: Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

UK hotel: Premier Inn, London Gatwick

UK attraction: London Eye

UK eatery: Shaka Zulu, London

The Telegraph, London with Kylie McLaughlin

See also: TripAdvisor's toughest critics rate Australia's top sights

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