Only two of the 10 hotels on TripAdvisor's Top 10, the Langham Chicago and the Grand del Mar in San Diego, have a Five Diamond ranking. None has earned Forbes' five stars. "Personally, I think those star ratings have diminished in value," said Perry Lungmus, vice president of luxury travel at the Travel Leaders Group. "In my view, it is far more relevant to go to TripAdvisor and find someone you can relate to and understand their first-hand experience. My feeling is that many of those star ratings are embellishments on the wall that these hotels want to put up. I think they are more meaningful to hotels and hoteliers." But hoteliers and the ranking services themselves say TripAdvisor and scores of other third-party and traveler review sites only make the ratings more relevant, offering travelers a professional Good Housekeeping-type seal of approval against which they can compare other reviews. Get the full story at Travel Weekly