Why You Should Never Trust The Photos Hotels Post Online


Photo: Sugar Cane Club

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: The Langham Hotel, Boston

REALITY: The space looks much better when it's been professionally styled

FANTASY: Country Club Lima Hotel, Peru

REALITY: That pool looked a lot more luxurious online

FANTASY: L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington DC

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

FANTASY: Marigot Beach Club, St. Lucia

REALITY: Hey wait, that pool is ABOVE ground

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: 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: 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

Here's a hotel that lived up to its reputation...

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