TripAdvisor is undoubtedly one of the first and foremost websites for finding out exactly what travelers think. Most are happy to give their honest opinion. The others? They’re elated to do so. But did you know that TripAdvisor now offers tours and ticket packages in addition to honest reviews? Yeah, neither did I until recently. So, what’s it like to book one? And furthermore, are TripAdvisor tour and attraction tickets worth it? Here’s the scoop.
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary promo code to book a tour with TripAdvisor. All opinions are my own!
TripAdvisor is all about folks giving their honest opinions and sharing photos about travel. It’s these opinions that millions of folks flock to the website every month. Even seasoned travel writers look for honesty there, aka me, and I have to admit, it’s much easier to form an opinion about a hotel or destination when real people add real photos.
So, when the company reached out to me to review its ability to book tours and attractions, I was down for it. After all, I love saving money whenever possible. And I love to do so with little effort. Here’s my real opinion about the feature.
Booking Tours with TripAdvisor
First thing’s first, you have to head to the TripAdvisor website. I already had an account, so I logged in. The next step is to click on the “Things to Do” tab at the top. Next, I typed in a location. For me, I wanted to know what was in my neck of the woods, Pittsburgh, PA. It’s not necessary to have a TripAdvisor account to purchase a tour or tickets, but since I had one, why not, right?
The next step was to click on “Shop Tours & Tickets” in the side bar area. Yes, Pittsburgh only has a couple of choices right now, but sometimes that’s a good thing for folks like me that can never make up their minds. I used my desktop computer to book my tour, but it can be done just as easily with your smartphone.
As I’m knowledgeable of the Pittsburgh area, I decided to go with a visit to Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square. If you’ve never been to Station Square and are headed to Pittsburgh, you really must put it on your Pittsburgh Bucket List. It’s filled with restaurants, river cruises, and just strolling along the Monongahela River watching the trains pass is lovely.
That was easy.
Locking Down a Tour or Attraction Confirmation
After choosing, it was a very user-friendly experience for me. I selected the number in my dining party and which type of menu (Acoustic or Electric) we wanted. I chose the three-course Electric Menu.
Again, it was super easy to follow the prompts, add in a promo code or credit card information and get a confirmation. It’s requested that you need to print out the vouchers and take them with you, so I did.
My next step? To test-drive the Hard Rock Cafe Electric Menu and see if it was worth the money. As the site did have a description of the food on the menu other than side salad, entree, dessert, and beverage, I perused the menu ahead of time to educate myself.
The Electric Menu at Hard Rock Cafe
We visited on a weekend so, when we arrived, I honestly didn’t think we’d get seated right away. But, the TripAdvisor tour package offers preferred seating. It’s suggested that you show your printed paper voucher when you arrive. We got seated right away.
We had a really good table on the top level of the restaurant (it’s not two-stories but there is a raised area. That’s where we were.)
Once seated, we showed our waitress the vouchers and, to be honest, I believe the restaurant doesn’t get a ton of them because she seemed a teeny bit confused. After double checking with her manager, she arrived at our table with printed Electric Menu lists that broke down our options.
There was plenty to choose from including its famous fajitas, which is what I chose. Mr. Locke went with a Hard Rock Signature Burger. There are also chicken and ribs platters, grilled salmon, and Twisted Chicken mac and cheese. Was the entire menu available for us? No, but I didn’t feel like we were left out at all.
Fast forward through the salad, entree, and dessert. Everything was really good. Hard rock offer large plates so be prepared for plenty of leftovers.
Was it Worth it?
In a nutshell, yes. The prix fixe menu items were delicious, and everything was included – including tax and tip. All we had to do was sit down and enjoy. I didn’t have to look for cash, which I barely carry anymore. I didn’t have to figure out the tip, either. LOVE that!
I have to note, at this point Pittsburgh has only a couple of tour options. Larger cities have many more to choose from. Would I book a tour with TripAdvisor again? Absolutely. In fact, we’re headed into Pittsburgh for St. Patrick’s Day and have booked a visit back to Hard Rock Pittsburgh for dinner. It’s worth it for the ease of booking and the fact that reviews are available on each tour or ticket option. I didn’t have to go digging.