UK tourists slam popular holiday destination as ‘overrated’- but others brand it ‘amazing’

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The City of Light was recently found to be one of the biggest let-downs for online reviewers by luggage brand, Radical Storage. The research found one in five Google reviews of Paris was negative with 25 percent of reviewers calling the city “horrendous”.

It seems many British tourists agree as people have taken to social media to share their opinions on the city.

Tweeter, @Scott_TheReds, tweeted: “Love France but Paris is one of the most overrated cities ever.”

Twitter user James, agreed saying: “You can tell it could be a cracking place to be fair. Left to become a ****hole though.”

AJ tweeted: “Paris is a hell zone overpriced everything.”

Tweeter @JustCraigyp said: “I didn’t like Paris. Stunk of p*, although the sites are brilliant.

“F***g ridiculously expensive mind. I fell in love with Rome.”

Others did disagree with one user Singe saying: “Bold statement that a whole city stunk of p***.”

The Eiffel Tower has also taken a bashing on TripAdvisor. A one star review from risto85, said: “Absolutely no consideration of current Covid situations.”

Another one star review said: “Waste of time, looks better in magazines” while another called the experience “horrendous”.

Other tourists completely disagreed with the negative reviewers.

Greg from Cambridge said on Tripadvisor: “I finally got to take in the marvellous structure that is the Eiffel Tower. Boy, I was not disappointed. I spent most of my time in the area surrounding the tower at night, and the dazzling and sparkling lighting effects took me by surprise every so often.”

Pam Hardman from the UK left a five star review for the Eiffel Tower saying: “One not to be missed. Brilliant at night.”

Instagrammer, Flora Mary, shared a photo of the city and said: “Can’t wait until I’m back in my favourite city.”

On Tripadvisor, Max W said: “All i can say is Louvre is the best museum I have ever visited in my life. It was really amazing to see all the collections.”

The negative reviews were put down to Paris Syndrome by Radical Storage, a condition experienced by first time visitors to the city who are disappointed by the reality of the city.

Researchers said: “This very real psychological condition is sometimes experienced by first-time visitors to Paris whose expectations of the city are so romanticised they get overwhelmingly disappointed when they are faced with the reality.

“The quaint and fairytale-like image of Paris portrayed in movies and books doesn’t always match the reality of this busy city, and the realisation can sometimes leave tourists in a state of utter shock.

“Symptoms vary, but hallucinations, anxiety, dizziness, acute delusions and sweating are among the most commonly reported.”

One Tweeter, Vritti Bansal, said she had experienced Paris Syndrome. She tweeted: “Our hotel receptionist was rude (I called him out on it) and smokers blew smoke in my direction while walking. Rudest city award.”

Despite its negative reviews, between 2017 and 2018, British tourists were responsible for nearly two million stays in the French capital.

Popular tourist attractions include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Chateau de Versailles and the food is also known as some of the best in the world.

The city is just a short journey away from London via the Eurostar and there are also many low cost flight options.

Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok and Singapore were also disappointments to foreign tourists.

On the other hand, Stockholm, Cape Town, Dubai and Amsterdam were found to be the most “pleasantly surprising” in the study.

London was found to get many review mentions of the phrase “above and beyond” meaning that the city often exceeded tourists’ expectations.

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