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Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Opened in December 2008, the 2,034-room Encore is all about pure opulence, including the gorgeous European Pool. The classically elegant pool surrounds a unique outdoor casino. 960 1280

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Mondrian Los Angeles

Mondrian Los Angeles

This ornately designed Sunset Strip hotel has an exclusive pool and poolside lounge, and more scene than even the Sunset Marquis. The Mondrian Los Angeles’ white walls and hanging potted plants gives this pool a beachy feel -- despite it being several stories above bustling Sunset Boulevard. 960 1280

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La Reunion Golf Resort & Residences

La Reunion Golf Resort & Residences

La Reunion Antigua Golf Resort is an outstanding luxury pick, located in the shadow of 4 volcanoes -- 2 of them active -- about 30 minutes from the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. Rooms have private patios with infinity-edge swimming pools, but the resort also has a main pool as well as a separate kiddy pool. These gorgeous volcanic views are hard to beat. 960 1280

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Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

The Gansevoort Turks and Caicos is without a doubt the sexiest resort on Grace Bay, and a large part of its appeal is thanks to its stunning pool surrounded by palm trees. The pool features 4 hard-decked islands. 960 1280

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The Joule

The Joule

The Joule is one of the coolest -- and most luxurious -- hotels in Downtown Dallas. And it features one of the most talked about pools in the states. The Joule's cantilevered pool juts out over Main Street, so swimmers can get a glimpse of pedestrians below. 960 1280

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Biltmore Coral Gables

Biltmore Coral Gables

Built in 1926, the iconic Biltmore, a national landmark, brings timeless luxury to Miami’s hotel scene. Though far from any beaches, it offers -- among many other luxuries -- an amazing pool. This 22,000-square-foot pool is the largest in the continental U.S. Actor Johnny Weissmuller, better known as Tarzan, was a swimming instructor at the pool many years ago. 960 1280

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Gansevoort Park Avenue

Gansevoort Park Avenue

This 249-room hotel with flashy decor, lots of bars, and an outdoor pool is the uptown sister to the original, once wildly popular Hotel Gansevoort. The Gansevoort chain knows how to do their pools. One of only a handful of rooftop pools in New York, this is the only one that features a sexy pin-up mural. Plus, the pool has an underwater sound system and is a popular scene during the summertime. 960 1280

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Ventana Inn & Spa

Ventana Inn & Spa

Situated on more than 200 acres of picturesque land -- in Big Sur, CA -- , the Ventana Inn & Spa looks like a rustic cabin nestled in the woods -- yet it features a long list of on-site amenities, including 2 pools. This pool is in a secluded spot for a reason -- it's the resort's clothing-optional pool. So forget your bathing suit and enjoy a dip au naturel. 960 1280

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Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

The beautifully designed, 780-room Grand Wailea has one of the top US spas, a prime location on one of the best US beaches, and 9 pools -- including arguably the best one in Hawaii. The massive main pool has several fun features, including volleyball nets, a waterslide, and a rope swing. Dive in! 960 1280

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Four Seasons Maui

Four Seasons Maui

An immaculate, art-filled property fronting Wailea beach, the Four Seasons Miami stands at the pinnacle of the area's resorts, offering spacious rooms, a top-notch staff and a slew of amenities, including three high-design pools. The poolside cabana staff refills guests' free glasses of ice water, and employees patrol the lounge chairs with cold towels and spray-bottles of Evian to spritz guests' faces. 960 1280

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Royal Corin Resort

Royal Corin Resort

For Costa Rica’s Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa, this 54-room boutique hotel has a lot to offer, including great views of Arenal volcano, a lovely spa, a bar with an outdoor terrace, an on-site restaurant and a beautiful pool. This hot springs pool features natural thermal waters that help guests relax and take in the scenery. 960 1280

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The Raleigh Hotel

The Raleigh Hotel

Some things at the Raleigh Hotel are vintage-bordering-on-dated, but not the stunning free-form pool. This pool became a Miami landmark when former swimmer and movie star Esther Williams leapt from its waterfall diving board in a sequined bathing cap. 960 1280

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Best Western Adirondack Inn
This alpine-style Best Western, located in Lake Placid, NY, has a great location across from the Olympic Center and blocks from downtown Lake Placid and Mirror Lake beach. The cozy living-room-like lobby, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness center, free breakfast and game room are added bonuses.
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The Annabelle Inn
This rustic Aspen, CO, lodge stays true to its unflashy roots with nicely updated mountain-lodge-style decor in the lobby, including tons of old, unfinished barn wood (even the ceilings), comfy leather couches and a cozy stone fireplace. The layout of the Annabelle is unlike any other in the area, with a 4-story, courtyard-style layout exposing all the stairways and walkways to the elements.
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The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort
This rustic-luxe, chalet-inspired lodge is one of Vail's premier options, with a location in the heart of Vail Square, near the Eagle Bahn lift. The 62 luxurious rooms feature massive bathrooms, stone fireplaces and scenic balconies. Both the lavish spa and rooftop lap pool pack serious wow factor.
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Crystal Peak Lodge
As one of the higher-end properties in Breckenridge, it has a great winter location on Peak 7, right on the Breck-Connect Gondola line. Upscale details can be found throughout, including exposed wood beams in the open common area and stone fireplaces in the big, individually owned condos.
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Fairmont Chateau Whistler
This 550-room Fairmont Chateau is perched amid Bavarian-styled buildings just outside of Whistler Village, with magnificent views and close proximity to ski lifts. The 2 eucalyptus steam rooms and multiple Jacuzzis make it easy for guests to warm up after a day in the snow.
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High Peaks Resort
Near the Olympic Center and a short drive away from slopes, the High Peaks resort is built on the site of the first Lake Placed B&B, built over 100 years ago. Today, it's a great pick because of its warm, inviting interior and scenic views of the lake (seen from most rooms).
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Loden Hotel
In a bustling coastal metropolis that uniquely offers views of both the mountains and the sea, a boutique hotel is just what you need to come home to in Vancouver. The Loden Hotel will make you feel relaxed after a long day of skiing the nearby slopes.
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Nita Lake Lodge
A luxurious escape from the madness of the touristy parts of Whistler, the 77 suites at Nita Lake Lodge evoke sophisticated, mountain-town style, with high, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and beautiful balconies with gorgeous views.
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One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort
One Ski Hill Place is located directly on the mountain in Breckenridge, CO, and the on-site Gondola transports guests within walking distance to Main Street. It's a true ski-in/ski-out property, and the views are excellent.
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Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
This 121-room hotel has a premier location in the heart of Whistler Village, right next to the ski lifts. Rooms are homey and functional, if not luxurious, with light wood accents, space-saving Murphy beds, kitchenettes and fireplaces. After a day out in the cold, the outdoor Jacuzzi is a wonderful treat.
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The Peery Hotel
The main draw of this quaint, historic hotel is its downtown Salt Lake City location, within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions. The rooms have Tempur-Pedic beds with quality linens and romantic white canopies, iPod docks and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
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The Sassy Moose Inn
This homey inn with quaint on-site spa and log cabin decor will help you feel like you’re in your own living room. Its proximity to Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort make it a great, casual destination.
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The St. Regis Deer Valley
The St. Regis offers a true 5-star experience. Skiiers will love its location in Park City, UT: its is directly on the famous ski resort of the same name, offering excellent ski-in/ski-out access for guests.
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Stein Eriksen Lodge
This luxurious 170-room Park City lodge offers ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, and has a design style that could be described as "wilderness chic." Perks such as free ski valets and free shuttles to the slopes from the parking lots are season-long luxuries.
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Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa
In keeping with its name, hideaway has a distinct mountain-lodge vibe. This cozy hotel is just steps from the base of Jackson Hole Mountain resort, and only a mile from the entrace to Grand Teton National Park.
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Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa
This value-for-money hotel is located in a serene, creek-side spot in Vail Village, close to the Bahn ski lift. Among its many other amenities, the excellent, organic Terra Bistro is a favorite with locals as well as guests, and provides free hot breakfasts.
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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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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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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

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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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