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Anyone with a smart phone can track down a Michelin-star restaurant in Paris or point you in the direction of the Forbidden City. But this slim, deeply researched line of guidebooks—don’t expect maps, illustrations, or any of the otherwise Google-able info you’d find stuffed in fatter versions—specializes in the type of locales known only to the natives. It’s the kind of unabashedly opinionated editorial advice that will send you happily flying solo. And it’s executed with so much brevity and class that the guides can fit comfortably into a pocket or your carry-on.
I like the idea of this guide- I purchased the London and Paris guides to help plan our honeymoon- but I found the writing to be very condescending. A complete turn-off! Even if it does have helpful information, I'm much less likely to even open one again because no one likes to be talked down to when trying to plan a relaxing vacation!5
This is an accordion-style brochure that has good content but it's not an inspiring "plan the dream vacation" piece I was hoping for. It is more for the person who has already booked their trip and uses as a guide book during the vacation.3
I lived abroad in Asia for over 2 years and I made sure to pick one of these up for every city I visited.. From Beijing to Bangkok, these never lead me astray!!! Obviously they are compact, but a must have for the traveller who enjoys the finer things!!5
Got the city guide for SF, didn't give me any more insight into things to do, that I already didn't know. Almost all the stuff I could have found online.2
Great concept but the setup is too much of a gimmick to give any real teeth. Another version of Cliff Notes.2
I looks nice but honestly it's easier for me to find things about any city by phone or the internet.3
I honestly don't see the point in paper guides anymore. Maybe maps, but even that...
I got the LA version, it's pretty useless to me.
This was a guide that I did not need as it is for a city that is largely irrelevant to me and did it really contain anything that I cannot find online on my iPhone? Suggesting the need to carry yet another item that is not needed is not practical from a travel efficiency standpoint. Also, how do I know any of the reco's are good vs. online you can see comparative reviews both from a content and volume perspective.
Hit the trash immediately.
This travel guide is exactly what I would want for a city that I actually live in... so it must be great for a new city as well. I enjoyed the witty descriptions and the recommendations make you feel like an insider. I haven't put this guide to the test by using it in this particular city, but I definitely like the "feel" it offers.4
This map was a great map but really hard to read. There is so much on it that it would take you forever to actually find anything. It would be easier to use Yelp or Google to find what you are looking for, more decorative that useful.2