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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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