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Oyster.com compares hotel marketing photos with real photos taken by their hotel reviewers. See if you can determine why some pictures are photoshopped fakes.

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Andaz Wall Street (New York City)
Andaz Wall Street (New York City)

Andaz Wall Street (New York City)

Hoping to visit Lady Liberty on your Independence Day visit to NYC? Andaz Wall Street is conveniently located near Battery Park, where the ferries depart for the Statue of Liberty, and boasts a striking design by the Rockwell Group, topped with big, handsome rooms and stylish bathrooms. 960 1280

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Hotel of South Beach (Miami)

Hotel of South Beach (Miami)

Centrally located in a historic Art Deco building, this is a darling little hotel by designer Todd Oldham and developer/hotelier Tony Goldman. Staying at The Hotel of South Beach, and planning on celebrating the Fourth of July? Bring beach chairs and towels to the fun (and free) Fourth of July event beginning at 7 pm on 8th Street and Ocean Drive (fireworks start at 9 pm). 960 1280

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Ink48 (New York City)

Ink48 (New York City)

Ink48, (named for its location on 48th Street in New York City) is close to the Hudson River and has a beautiful rooftop that offers partial views of the Fourth of July fireworks (shown from 24th to 40th streets). Tickets to the hotel’s private Fourth of July reception include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and live DJ music. Ink48’s free wine receptions, swanky spa and pet-friendly features make it a great place to stay as well. 960 1280

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InterContinental Miami

InterContinental Miami

If you are planning to visit "America's Birthday Bash" at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, no hotel is more convenient than the InterContinental Miami. This huge, pink 641-room downtown tower has attentive service, a large pool with a great view of Biscayne Bay, a great “bottomless brunch” at Toro Toro and a fully equipped gym and spa. 960 1280

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JW Marriott Los Angeles

JW Marriott Los Angeles

The JW Marriott offers a beautiful pool, great views of downtown LA from the rooftop bar, tons of meeting space and plenty of restaurants. At dusk, head to the nearby Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a beautiful (and free) 60-minute fireworks show (Christmas Tree Lane to the east of the Coliseum and the south lawn of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles are the best viewing spots). 960 1280

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W Washington D.C.

W Washington D.C.

It doesn't get much more patriotic than catching the fireworks on the National Mall with the Capitol as a backdrop. W Washington D.C. has a location just 2 blocks from the White House and is a short walk from the Mall. Guests can also catch the show at the hotel's fashionable rooftop bar. The hotel also offers fusion cuisine from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a great spa and gym, and Whatever/Whenever service. 960 1280

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Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas

The 2,716-room Wynn Las Vegas, one of the Strip's most extravagant luxury hotels, is also home to the famous club Tryst. Here you can choose to dance your Independence night away, or look out onto the lounge's Lake of Dreams with its 40-foot waterfall. The resort's meticulous design, trendy cuisine, top-quality beds, amazing on-site luxury shopping, and great spa and fitness center give it the reputation it deserves. 960 1280

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W Chicago Lakeshore

W Chicago Lakeshore

Chicago offers a hopping Fourth of July event at Navy Pier with spectacular fireworks (in fact, fireworks shows take place at the pier all summer long). The W Chicago is located on Lake Michigan right next to the pier, and a ticketed event with drinks and hors d'oeuvres is held at its 7th floor WET pool deck that offers views of the fireworks. The hotel's chic decor, stylish indoor pool, Bliss spa and absolutely stunning views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier (check out the terrace!) make it a popular upscale pick. 960 1280

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Argonaut Hotel (San Francisco)

Argonaut Hotel (San Francisco)

Pier 39 is the busiest hub for Fourth of July celebrations in San Francisco, with live music during the day and spectacular views of the fireworks over the bay at night. The nearby Argonaut Hotel, converted from an old canning factory and reopened with 252 nautical-themed rooms and suites, is a top option in the area -- some rooms have views of the San Francisco Bay. 960 1280

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Taj Boston

Taj Boston

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, held on the Esplanade along the Charles River, is one of the most famous Fourth of July celebrations in the country, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year. The Taj Boston’s location along the Public Garden is super close to the action, and the hotel is one of the most luxurious options in the city. 960 1280

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Gaia Hotel and Reserve
Free hotel breakfasts aren't exactly a rarity, but they are usually comprised of cereals, fruit, and, if you're lucky, some moderately edible scrambled eggs. Not so at Gaia Hotel and Reserve, where the free breakfast is a gourmet a la carte affair. Menu items include Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles, Italian Egg White Frittata, Vanilla and Mango Pancakes, a Costa Rican Breakfast, and more.
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Andaz Fifth Avenue
We adore the Andaz Fifth Avenue for its bounty of foodie freebies, including the choice of Fat Witch Baby Brownies or C.O. Bigelow Peppermints at check-out. There are other less delicious gift options as well: C.O Bigelow Lemon Lip Cream and a tube of anti-bacterial hand gel. Other free treats include minibar snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, wine in the lobby from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening, and made-to-order barista coffee in the lobby.
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Hotel Vintage Park
This Seattle hotel's focus on wine ' particularly those grown in the 500 local vineyards ' is evident from the moment you check in: The front-desk staffer (sporting a nametag that includes his or her particular favorite vintage) will explain the varieties you'll enjoy at the free reception that takes place every evening from 5 to 6 p.m.
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Rancho Valencia Resort
The Rancho Valencia's excellent freebies, including free minibar snacks, morning juice and newspaper delivery, and free breakfast, contribute to the resort's experience of exclusive pampering. This 49-room luxury resort is located in Rancho Santa Fe, a wealthy residential community in the hills of Southern California, on 40 acres of lush grounds.
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Villa d'Citta
After a long day exploring, it's nice to come back to your hotel to find free refreshments waiting in the lobby. The Villa d'Citta takes the cake on this one: This tiny Chicago boutique has a fully stocked communal kitchen where guests can prepare breakfast, snacks (such as sandwiches or hot dogs), and other light fare 24/7.
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Copley Square Hotel
The Copley Square Hotel in Boston, which offers free tea, coffee, and hot chocolate all day, is one of our favorites, partly because it's so pleasant to sit down and sip in its stylish, cozy lobby. There's also a free evening wine hour if you prefer something a little stronger.
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Westin Copley Place Hotel
Many hotels are thoughtful enough to provide basic refreshments in the lobby: ice water, coffee, and the like. Some properties take it a step further: the Westin Copley Place Boston has special seasonal drinks, like hot apple cider in the fall.
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Halekulani
Arriving in your room to find a delicious surprise waiting for you goes a long way toward making you feel like a guest, rather than a customer. The Halekulani's impressive display of tropical fruit, chocolate, and flowers will always be one of our favorites.
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The Caves
It's not that uncommon to get a check-in drink at nice hotels in warm-weather destinations, but that doesn't make us like this refreshing freebie any less. The Caves in Jamaica is a romantic all-inclusive with locally focused cuisine and a top-shelf bar, and its signature welcome drink is de-lish.
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Britt Scripps Inn
This romantic Victorian inn near Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo has many luxurious amenities, starting with butler service. On the food front, it offers a free, delicious breakfast made to order. Free wine and cheese is served each evening in the parlor.
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Bryant Park Hotel
The cavernous CellarBar at the New York art deco boutique Bryant Park hotel not only has stunning design but a free happy hour for guests. Once you're done with your pre-dinner tipple, head to Koi, a top-rated on site sushi restaurant, or take a stroll around nearby Times Square.
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Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego)

Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego)

Located just across from the San Diego Bay, Hotel del Coronado is one of the largest wooden structures in the US. Built in 1888, the hotel has gone on to host presidents, royalty and celebrities, like Charlie Chaplin back in the day. 960 1280

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The US Grant Hotel (San Diego)

The US Grant Hotel (San Diego)

A fixture of downtown San Diego, the US Grant Hotel was built by Ulysses S. Grant (son of the president). The younger named the hotel in his father’s honor; today the hotel boasts 270 guestrooms and a roster of famous guests that have included 12 US presidents. 960 1280

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Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills Hotel

Opened in 1912, the famed Beverly Hills Hotel hosted the Silent Age’s great stars, from Rudolph Valentino to Gloria Swanson. The hotel was designed by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, in the Mediterranean Revival style. 960 1280

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The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO)

The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO)

The Broadmoor was built in the early 20th century as the “Grand Dame of the Rockies.” Sitting at an elevation of 6,230 feet above sea level, the hotel was one of the finest resort destinations during the Gilded Age. 960 1280

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Nottoway Plantation & Resort (White Castle, Louisiana)

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (White Castle, Louisiana)

Take a stroll through the largest antebellum mansion in the South. Built in 1859, Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, LA, has 3 floors, 6 staircases, 3 bathrooms and a whopping 64 rooms. 960 1280

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The Cincinnatian Hotel

The Cincinnatian Hotel

The Cincinnatian Hotel has been a landmark of downtown Cincinnati since 1882. The hotel, originally known as the Palace Hotel, spans 8 stories, and was built in the French Second Empire architectural style. 960 1280

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NYC's Plaza Hotel

NYC's Plaza Hotel

Located across from Central Park, the famed Plaza Hotel is one of the prized jewels of Manhattan. The 20-story luxury hotel was featured in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It was also one of the main settings for the book version of The Princess Diaries. 960 1280

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Colorado's Stanley Hotel

Colorado's Stanley Hotel

We all know of this historic Colorado hotel as the setting for The Shining. Overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park, this 140-room neo-Georgian hotel in Estes Park also boasts a ghost adventure package; a stay in a haunted room is included. 960 1280

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Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Set against New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this property dates back to 1865, and is spread across 1,700 acres in the town of Whitefield, NH. 960 1280

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Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island)

Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island)

This historic hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, stretches back to 1887. The hotel boasts views of the Straits of Mackinac, which you can enjoy from the comfort of a rocking chair, on the world’s longest porch. 960 1280

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Castle Hotel and Spa (Tarrytown, New York)

Castle Hotel and Spa (Tarrytown, New York)

The Castle Hotel & Spa is just 30 minutes from Manhattan, and offers great views of the Hudson River. More than 100 years old, the property has roots in America’s Gilded Age. 960 1280

Castle Hotel & Spa  

The Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables, Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables, Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL, with built by a business magnate in 1926. At the time of its construction, which cost a total of $10 million, the property was the tallest building in all of Florida. 960 1280

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Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina)

Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina)

The Biltmore Estate, nestled on 8,000 acres, was built by a member of the Vanderbilt family between 1889 and 1895. The property is still in the family, with tours of its gardens and stunning interiors open to the public. 960 1280

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The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

Built in the 1920s, the Heathman Hotel is located at the corner of Salmon Street and Broadway in Portland, OR. The 10-story structure was built to host the rich timber barons and politicians of the day. 960 1280

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Angels and Kings, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Angels and Kings, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Angels and Kings, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
Rocker Pete Wentz moved his Chicago bar into the Hard Rock’s space at the beginning of the year --hopefully breathing some new life into an already old-news place. The lush couches, cool artwork and “no-velvet rope” policy make this a perfect spot to get to know someone in a cozy environment. The bar maintains a "come as you are" policy, meaning no one is turned away at the door.
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Bar Noir, Maison 140 Beverly Hills

Bar Noir, Maison 140 Beverly Hills

Bar Noir, Maison 140 Beverly Hills
The intimate setting that Bar Noir offers is ideal for catching up on great conversation --even when its packed. Ask the super-hot bartender to whip you up a specialty Bourbon cocktail, but skip the daily Absinthe happy hour if you want to actually get somewhere or to some place on other than the bar on the first date.
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Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone

Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone

Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone
It’s everything that Bourbon Street spots aren’t. Even though Carousel Bar is a mere block from the French Quarter nightlife, the vibe is other-worldy here. Watch the stationary bartenders as you circle around the bar --it’s kind of dizzying-- while taking in Southern charm and delicious drinks. For a sweet treat, get the Tiramisu martini.
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Dusk, The Westin Georgetown

Dusk, The Westin Georgetown

Dusk, The Westin Georgetown
This restaurant and bar combo is the perfect place to end a day or start a night with someone special. Its easy lighting and plush furniture can make anyone feel right at home. The food is the real draw. Small plates are inherently sexy, easily customizable, and freaking delicious --well, that’s true at Dusk.
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Highbar, Dream South Beach

Highbar, Dream South Beach

Highbar, Dream South Beach
Come on, how could you not want to bring a date here? The 1970s-inspired lounge is complete with a rooftop infinity pool, and the seating arrangements are clearly second to none. We recommend ordering a few rounds of The Heat --tequila, cucumber and spicy sambal-- to spice things up.
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Kittichai, 60 Thompson

Kittichai, 60 Thompson

Kittichai, 60 Thompson
The trendy NYC ambiance simply rules. Although the Thai food is only so-so on a good day at this combo bar-restaurant, the romantic atmosphere makes up for its over salted fare. Eclectic music adds to the quirky-chic vibe. Just be prepared to shell out a few bucks because everything’s more expensive in Manhattan.
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Living Room, W Austin

Living Room, W Austin

Living Room, W Austin
The super-chic set can be found mingling at this Austin hotspot --sure to impress even the pickiest of dates. The bartenders here are epic --customers have sworn the drinks are some of the best they’ve had in their lives-- just like the spicy lemonade. Make sure there’s a fire roaring for a touch of extra romance.
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The Lounge, Magnolia Hotel Denver

The Lounge, Magnolia Hotel Denver

The Lounge, Magnolia Hotel Denver
The contemporary décor --look at those insanely plush couches-- modernize an otherwise simple spot that’s great for snuggling. The food is pretty good. If things get really awkward, then grab a cue and play a few rounds of billiards with your date. At least you’ll have something to talk about.
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Redwood Room, Clift Hotel

Redwood Room, Clift Hotel

Redwood Room, Clift Hotel
Impressive digital artistry makes the Redwood Room a true standout, but the dark, seductive ambiance is suggestive of a 1930s speakeasy. It’s pretty much the sexiest spot ever. Avoid the 55+, bottle-service crowd by planting yourselves appropriately at a 2-top table.
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Chandelier, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Chandelier, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Chandelier, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
More Vegas monstrosity than intimate bar, the Chandelier takes up 3 levels of the Cosmopolitan, and each floor offers up its own take on the Vegas lounge scene. However, the bar is ideal for those looking for an off-the-cuff or non-clubby night out. Drink the Hot Chili Dragonfruit cocktail for extra spring in your step --anything fruity is this bar’s unofficial specialty.
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Oyster's Hotel Fake-Out Photos
Oyster uncovers the truth about hotel photos posted on pamphlets and websites. See the fake photo and then compare it to the real photo taken by an Oyster reporter. The first photo is a marketing fake-out taken of the pool at Jamaica's Rui Negril Club. That's a beautiful woman in the swimsuit, right? Check out the next photo. View Rui Negril Club's review
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Oyster's Pool Photo
This photo, taken by an Oyster reporter, captures the true atmosphere around the pool at the Rui Negril Club. It's a real impression of what it's like to sunbathe among the crowd of swimmers splashing around.View Rui Negril Club's review
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Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay's Gym Photo
It's well-known that Montego Bay has to be seen to be believed. Unfortunately, the same goes for some Montego Bay hotel websites. Oyster has learned to be distrustful of smiling gym-goers -- nobody smiles at the gym unless something fishy is going on. View Holiday Inn Montego Bay Review
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Oyster's Gym Photo
There are, in fact, very pretty views and decent gym equipment at Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, but they're not to be found in the same space. The cardio equipment is located in a plain, yellow room. View Holiday Inn Montego Bay's Review
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Aqua Hotel's Pool Photo
South Beach's Aqua Hotel isn't a horrible place to stay, but it's definitely not all its website makes it out to be. View Aqua Hotel's Review
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Oyster's Pool Photo
The "pool" -- which in fact is no bigger than a hot tub -- is laughably less impressive than the carefully cropped images on the hotel's homepage lead you to believe. View Aqua Hotel's Review
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Aqua Aloha Surf's Pool Photo
Oahu's Aqua Aloha Surf Hotel shows a zoomed-in, cropped section of the pool on its website to give the illusion that there's a lot more pool than there actually is. View Aqua Aloha Surf's Review
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Oyster's Pool Photo
This Oahu hotel may be named the Aqua Aloha Surf, but it certainly doesn't have a whole lot of aqua in its lima bean pool. View Aqua Aloha Surf's Review
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Aston Waikiki Joy's Gym Photo
Oyster continues documenting misleading hotel-gym marketing photos. We turn now to the Aston Waikiki Joy Hotel in Hawaii. This photo is from the hotel's website. View Aston Waikiki Joy's Review
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Oyster's Gym Photo
Yes, the treadmill and stationary bike are in both photos, as are the glass doors. But what the fake-out photo doesn't show is that you'll be working out in what appears to be a basement with old living room furniture. View Aston Waikiki Joy's Review
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Ayres' Room Photo
Ayres Hotel's website picture is an example of how simply dressing up a room with a few props -- extra pillows here, pretty flowers there -- can make an already-luxurious room appear lavish and exquisite. View Ayres' Review
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Oyster's Room Photo
Don't be surprised, but here's the real picture of the deluxe king room at the Ayres Hotel. View Ayres' Review
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Breezes Montego Bay's Pool Photo
The beautiful sunset, lush foliage, cushioned lounge chairs and decorative Jacuzzi tiles in the Breezes Montego Bay hotel website photo above look lovely and romantic. View Breezes Montego's Review
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Oyster's Pool Photo
Oyster's reporter found out that they don't actually exist! Manipulate a photo enough, and any hotel will look like the Taj Mahal. View Breezes Montego's Review
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Essex House's Exterior Photo
Oyster found this doctored marketing photo of The Essex House Hotel in South Beach, Miami, on Expedia.com. View Essex House's Review
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Oyster's Exterior Photo
The fake photo of The Essex House Hotel conveniently leaves out a street lamp and traffic light, both of which can be seen in Oyster's unaltered photo. View Essex House's Review
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Four Seasons Miami's Room Photo
Ah, to be a guest at The Four Seasons Miami. The carpet is a lovely, subtle beige hue, the curtains are understated and elegant, and the city (and your troubles) is far, far away. View Four Seasons Miami's Review
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Oyster's Room Photo
You know what's probably not so fun? Expecting the room on the left and finding the green carpet and festive curtains you see on the right instead -- and then looking out your window to discover the sweeping view of the Miami skyline is, in fact, a breathtaking view of the building next door. View Four Seasons Miami's Review
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Hotel 91's Exterior Photo
Per the hotel's description: "Hotel 91 is a new 70 room smoke free hotel located in Manhattan's vibrant Lower East Side. Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo, Wall Street, and other major NYC attractions are only steps away." View Four Seasons Miami's Review
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Oyster's Exterior Photo
Oyster found out that those NYC attractions aren't just a few steps away. Here's the real breakdown: Chinatown: 0 steps, Little Italy: 1,000 steps, SoHo: 1,600 steps and Wall Street: 2,200 steps. It seems that the Hotel 91 is trying hard to distance itself from its actual location -- under the Manhattan Bridge, in the bustling heart of Chinatown. View Four Seasons Miami's Review
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Hotel Madera's Lobby Photo
You know, this photo fake-out is rather heartwarming. The photo on its website gives no indication that the lobby of Kimpton's Hotel Madera in Washington, DC, is tiny. View Hotel Madera's Review
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Oyster's Lobby Photo
This photo, snapped by an Oyster reporter, shows that the Hotel Madera's lobby is, in fact, teensy. But maybe that's OK. Despite the limited space, the hotel still hosts a complimentary wine hour. View Hotel Madera's Review
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Hotel Nash's Gym Photo
Oh, look. A photo pulled off of a hotel website featuring people smiling and laughing in a gym, a place where people are typically neither smiling nor laughing. This one comes from the Hotel Nash in Miami, whose fitness center promises "enough cardiovascular equipment to work every part of your body." View Hotel Nash's Review
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Oyster's Gym Photo
Take a look at Oyster's photo of a sparse, dull gym room at Hotel Nash. When you see models on a hotel website, you probably have a photo fake-out on your hands. View Hotel Nash's Review
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