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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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