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Oyster.com uncovers the truth about what hotel amenities at popular resorts and hotels really look like, including resorts like the Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa and the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.

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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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Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic The Gran Bahia Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private jacuzzi tubs. Read the Gran Bahias review 960 1280

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Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado
Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic
The 2 gorgeous pools have bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool has a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees.Read the Gran Bahia's review
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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows
Oahu, Hawaii
Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street.Read the Ke Iki's review
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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows
Oahu, Hawaii
Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The bungalows are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away. Read the Ke Iki's review
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Hotel Hana-Maui
Maui, Hawaii
The Hotel Hana-Maui delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has 2 beautiful pools. Read the Hana-Maui's review
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Hotel Hana-Maui
Maui, Hawaii
Hotel Hana-Maui has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip.Read the Hana-Maui's review
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Jake's
South Coast, Jamaica
Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug -- there's no phone, internet, or TV in the cottages. Read Jakes' review
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Jake's
South Coast, Jamaica
Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean. Read Jakes' review
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Geejam
Port Antonio, Jamaica
The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of it's drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. Read the Geejam's review
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Geejam
Port Antonio, Jamaica
The Geejam is made up of only 5 private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. Read the Geejam's review
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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
St. John, US Virgin Islands
Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with 7 remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded. Read Caneel Bay's review
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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
St. John, US Virgin Islands
Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's 4 restaurants is Equator-- built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill. Read Caneel Bay's review
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The Grace Bay Club - Turks and Caicos

The Grace Bay Club - Turks and Caicos

“This is a great family destination. We love Grace Bay Club’s easy access to the beach, 4 pools, restaurants and bars, as well as the amazing service. There is also a great array of water sports activities for all ages, including paddleboarding. The staff is great at helping guests fully enjoy a relaxing experience on the resort’s 1,100 feet of beachfront -- the largest of any in Turks and Caicos.” 960 1280

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Hayman Island - Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Hayman Island - Great Barrier Reef, Australia

“This resort has great food, a great staff and great adventures -- all on the most beautiful reef in the world. Hayman Island is the premier family destination Down Under. For almost 2 years, my wife and I worked and played on the island. What makes this destination special is that any guest will quickly feel at home. This private-island paradise is one of the world’s most desirable hideaways, and the rooms at Hayman Island beachfront villas might be the epitome of perfection. Another fun perk is guests arrive in style via a luxury yacht.” 960 1280

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Dawson Falls Lodge – Egmont National Park, New Zealand

Dawson Falls Lodge – Egmont National Park, New Zealand

“Considered one of the most romantic destinations in New Zealand, Dawson Falls Lodge is only a couple of miles from my childhood home. Many of my days and nights were spent hiking and camping on Mount Egmont near this resort. Dawson Falls Lodge is a must for those who love access to the unspoiled outdoors.” 960 1280

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Lapa Rios Lodge – Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Lapa Rios Lodge – Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

"Lapa Rios Lodge is a perfect option for nature lovers who enjoy wildlife and beaches. This resort is known for its amazing ecotourism, its delicious food and drinks, and its access to some of the most exciting wildlife experiences in Costa Rica. My wife and I enjoyed a couple of romantic days immersed in the surrounding wildlife, waking up to howler monkeys, kayaking with dolphins, hiking through the rainforest and walking at night to see bats, frogs and snakes." 960 1280

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St. Regis - Bora Bora

St. Regis - Bora Bora

“Most people have seen the famed pictures of the St. Regis bungalows over the water that display the mountainous island peak in the background. It is as dazzling as you might imagine. Visitors enjoy diving into the water from their balconies, dining on fresh fish, experiencing Jet Ski adventures, and scuba diving to see a wide variety of indigenous fish and coral. This is one of my favorite diving destinations. My wife and I got engaged here, so it will always have a special place in our hearts. It is a great stop on any trip to Australia.” 960 1280

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Tanzania

“Luxury is at its best as you step back in time at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge with its spectacular colonial design. Here, guests have access to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, one of the best wildlife reserves in Africa. One of the most unique experiences was waking up each day with amazing views of wildlife roaming around just outside of our room. Dinner and drinks are served in a communal setting where adventures from the day are retold and immediate friendships are formed.” 960 1280

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Red Rock Resort & Spa

Red Rock Resort & Spa

“The Red Rock Resort & Spais a great resort destination for travelers who want to avoid the craziness of the Las Vegas Strip. It has some of the best suites in Las Vegas. The resort offers guided hikes through the spectacular Red Rock Mountains as part of its Adventure Spa program. There is also a great selection of dining options, an amazing spa and beautiful amenities. My wife and I lived at this resort for weeks during our move to Vegas. For unique experiences with family and friends, guests should check out the private VIP bowling lanes and movie rooms.” 960 1280

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The Chedi Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Chedi Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai, Thailand

“The Chedi Chiang Maihotel hosts a wonderful feast in the heart of Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand, to celebrate the Festival of Lights in November. Each year people celebrate 2 concurrent Thai festivals, Loy Krathong and Yi Peng, by sending floats down a river and making wishes and releasing hot-air lanterns at night. My wife and I had the opportunity to spend 3 memorable days enjoying these festivals and celebrating with the staff at this hotel.” 960 1280

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The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey – Marina del Rey, CA

The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey – Marina del Rey, CA

“I love how the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey is located on the marina, close to the LA airport and surrounded by great local hangouts. The sunsets at Marina del Rey are majestic. After working at this hotel for 8 years, I have many great memories here. Guests can take a short road trip to Venice Beach for the best free entertainment in the US; visit Abbot Kinney for some of the best art and dining; and head to Washington Boulevard for its great bars and hangouts.” 960 1280

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Amanyara – Turks and Caicos

Amanyara – Turks and Caicos

“My wife and I were married on the beach at this hotel, which makes it special for us, but it was all of the little touches from the staff that made this selection endure as one of our favorite hotels. Amanyara features luxurious room, amazing restaurants and a great spa, making it a truly romantic destination.” 960 1280

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Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach
Book the Ocean Surf Guestroom at this hotel in Laguna Beach, CA, and get a great view of the Pacific Ocean --as seen in the Oyster.com photo. There’s not a bad view in most of the hotel’s rooms thanks to the property's location on a small promontory directly on the beach.
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Hilton Barbados

Hilton Barbados

Hilton Barbados
Look out the window of the Hilton Barbados’ Ocean View Room with 2 double beds, and you’ll get this breath-taking view of the Caribbean. The Hilton is located right by Carlisle Bay, a beautiful long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters. It’s flanked by the town of Bridgetown and gorgeous Drill Hall Beach, one of the top surf spots in Barbados.
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Jade Mountain Resort

Jade Mountain Resort

Jade Mountain Resort
Here’s a spectacular view of the Soufriere Bay and the Pitons from a room at the Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia. The small fishing village of Soufriere and its beautiful bay are dominated by the Petit Piton, one of the two impressive volcanic plugs covered in vegetation. The lava necks, both of which can be seen on the photo, are located in a World Heritage Site and are separated by the Piton Mitan ridge.
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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
Take a look at this slice of heaven in Nuevo Vallarta. Banderas Bay is the largest natural bay in Mexico, with over 42 miles of sand. The bay is also an important breeding and birthing ground for the Humpback whale in the winter. Get this incredible view from the Governor’s Suite.
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Hotel La Mariposa

Hotel La Mariposa

Hotel La Mariposa
Few hotels boast these impressive views of the Pacific Ocean. La Mariposa has a privileged location atop a mountain, which allows for breathtaking views of both Manuel Antonio National Park and the coast from the restaurant, the infinity pool and some rooms. This view just happens to be from the hotel’s Full Ocean View Room.
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The Regent Grand in Turks and Caicos

The Regent Grand in Turks and Caicos

The Regent Grand
Enjoy Turks and Caicos! Grace Bay is frequently ranked among the world's best beaches, with crystalline waters, golden sand and excellent snorkeling. This is a popular spot on the island to watch the sun set, especially from the hotel’s 2-bedroom Deluxe Oceanfront Suite.
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B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale
This is the view of the Atlantic Ocean and the North Atlantic Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, from B Ocean’s King Corner Room. If only we could wake up every morning to this view.
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Villa La Estancia in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Villa La Estancia in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Villa La Estancia
Visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mexico? Book the Villa La Estancia’s Penthouse for this view. Land's End is a rock formation located right where the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific Ocean meet. Seals and sea lions can be seen sunbathing in the area.
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Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa

Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa

Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa
These turquoise waters are typical of the Caribbean than of the North Atlantic. So it's no wonder why Bermuda is popular among celebrities, who want to stay away from the crowds and enjoy the crystal blue waters and gorgeous beaches in Sandys Parish. Live like a celebrity and book the North Rock Pool Suite to get this ocean view at the Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa.
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Fowl Cay Resort

Fowl Cay Resort

Fowl Cay Resort
Head to the Bahamas and stay in the Lindon House at Fowl Cay Resort to get this prime oceanfront view of the North Atlantic Ocean. And the hammock is the perfect place for an afternoon nap.
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Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic The Gran Bahia Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private jacuzzi tubs. Read the Gran Bahias review 960 1280

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Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado
Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic
The 2 gorgeous pools have bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool has a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees.Read the Gran Bahia's review
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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows
Oahu, Hawaii
Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street.Read the Ke Iki's review
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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows
Oahu, Hawaii
Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The bungalows are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away. Read the Ke Iki's review
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Hotel Hana-Maui
Maui, Hawaii
The Hotel Hana-Maui delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has 2 beautiful pools. Read the Hana-Maui's review
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Hotel Hana-Maui
Maui, Hawaii
Hotel Hana-Maui has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip.Read the Hana-Maui's review
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Jake's
South Coast, Jamaica
Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug -- there's no phone, internet, or TV in the cottages. Read Jakes' review
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Jake's
South Coast, Jamaica
Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean. Read Jakes' review
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Geejam
Port Antonio, Jamaica
The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of it's drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. Read the Geejam's review
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Geejam
Port Antonio, Jamaica
The Geejam is made up of only 5 private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. Read the Geejam's review
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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
St. John, US Virgin Islands
Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with 7 remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded. Read Caneel Bay's review
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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
St. John, US Virgin Islands
Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's 4 restaurants is Equator-- built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill. Read Caneel Bay's review
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