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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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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

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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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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

Oyster.com 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. Take a look at how perfectly staged everything is set up at the Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa’s buffet in the Dominican Republic. This marketing photo in on the resort’s website. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

Here’s the real deal. The food at the buffet looks like people have already picked over the food. The presentation isn't as perfect as it appears in the hotel’s marketing photo. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

This is the image the California Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas used to promote their Deluxe King rooms on their website. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

Although the off-the-Strip property is clean, comfortable and quiet, the real thing just looks colorless. Oyster.com’s hotel reviewer felt a bit let down by the lack of “tropical-island-paradise” décor promised on the hotel’s website. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

Sometimes the waterin a photo is too blue; the trees are too green; and the cocktails are too yellow. This photo of Miami’s Blue Moon Hotel is conveniently cropped so you can’t get a full view of the pool. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

Apparently the pool at the Blue Moon Hotel is big enough for at least 1 fabulous person, or at least it appears that way based on this photo above. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

Ah, the Dominican Republic. At the Don Juan Beach Resort the surrounding buildings seem to disappear, and from the pool, there appears to be an unobstructed view of the beach. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

In reality, the pool at the Don Juan Beach Resort is very close to the sand. If you stand just a little to the left and turn your camera a bit to the right, as the Oyster reporter did when he visited, you’ll see that part of the hotel looms over the pool. The building, cleverly omitted from the marketing photo, spoils the view and disturbs the serenity, even if the pool is just steps away from the sand. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

The photographer for this marketing photo got down and dirty to capture this pool at the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills. By crouching low near the pool, the photographer can get a wide-angle shot that makes the pool appear larger. When part of the pool is out of sight, it’s hard to tell where it truly ends or begins. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

Reality check! Oyster.com’s real photo shows the pool in its entirety. You can clearly see that the pool isn’t as large as it appears in the marketing photo. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

Similar to the fake-out photo at the Crown Plaza Hotel Beverly Hills, this fake-out photo a hotel pool can lead potential guests to believe that the it's larger than it appears. Notice how this marketing photo at The Orlando hotel in Los Angeles only shows a small corner of the pool. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

As Oyster.com’s photo shows (featured), the pool at The Orlando hotel is quite tiny. Don't expect any elaborate pool parties here. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

We doubt that the beach at the Barcelo Capella Beach Resort in the Dominican Republic is often as beautiful as this photo looks. In fact, an Oyster hotel reviewer saw the beach at its finest and snapped some photos. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

Oyster.com’s hotel reviewer went back to the beach near Barcelo Capella Beach Resort at another time of day, and found the beach littered with seaweed and some trash. Although it’s not the resort’s fault, the seaweed-laden photo -- when compared to the hotel’s pristine marketing photo -- provides a striking contrast. 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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