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Why You Should Never Trust the Photos Hotels Post Online

Julie Zeveloff

Hotels aren't always completely honest when it comes to the photos they post on their websites.

Professional reviewers from hotel review website Oyster visited vacation properties from Barbados to Boston, and the photos they took didn't quite match up with the online fantasy.

This latest collection of "photo fakeouts" serves as a cautionary tale for anyone planning a vacation and relying solely on hotel websites. Some of these photo "upgrades" are so egregious, you'll think you are looking at pictures of two completely different properties.


FANTASY: Sugar Cane Club, Barbados



REALITY: Not much space, and no champagne



FANTASY: Country Club Lima Hotel, Peru



REALITY: That pool looked a lot more luxurious online



FANTASY: L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington DC



REALITY: The view's not the same ... and neither are the linens



FANTASY: Mandarin Oriental, Miami



REALITY: A kiddie pool



FANTASY: Hudson Hotel, New York



REALITY: An impossibly small living space



FANTASY: Hotel La Mariposa, Costa Rica



REALITY: What happened to the view?



FANTASY: Blue Moon Hotel, Miami



REALITY: Actually, this just makes us feel blue



FANTASY: Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami



REALITY: A noticeable lack of color and plant life



FANTASY: The Grand Palladium Bavaro, Dominican Republic



REALITY: This buffet looked more delicious in 1988



FANTASY: The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort



REALITY: Someone forgot to mention the cranes


Photos courtesy of Oyster.com

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