Why You Should Never Trust The Pictures Hotels Post Online

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Photo: www.oyster.com

When it comes to picking a hotel, what you see online is not necessarily what you get when you check in.Travel deals website Oyster has caught hotels from Costa Rica to California doctoring their website photos to appeal to potential guests.

They’ve been kind enough to share their collection of “photo fakeouts,” which serve as a kind of 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: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

REALITY: Good luck finding a lounge chair

FANTASY: Mandarin Oriental, Miami

FANTASY: Holiday Inn on Wall Street, New York City

FANTASY: Hudson Hotel, New York

REALITY: An impossibly small living space

FANTASY: The Claridge Hotel, Miami

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: Riu Negril Club's Pool

REALITY: Where's the hot model?

FANTASY: Empire Hotel, NYC

REALITY: A pool fit for one

FANTASY: Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami

REALITY: A noticeable lack of colour and plant life

FANTASY: Ayres Hotel, Hawaii

REALITY: We thought this room came with a laptop

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

FANTASY: Riu Palace Punta Cana

REALITY: A classy, intimate beach wedding for everybody!

FANTASY: The Aqua Hotel & Lounge, Miami

REALITY: That male model was surfing in a hot tub

FANTASY: Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana

REALITY: The myth of mega-resort serenity

FANTASY: The Essex House Hotel, Miami

REALITY: Traffic light violation

FANTASY: The Townhouse Hotel, Miami

REALITY: No glowing gazebo here

FANTASY: The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles

REALITY: A close-up can be very misleading

FANTASY: Barcelo Capella Beach Resort, Dominican Republic

REALITY: That beach is covered in seaweed

FANTASY: Don Juan Beach Resort, Dominican Republic

REALITY: The mysterious case of the disappearing building

We have to hope these photos are more accurate

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