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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 10°C
# fantasy vs reality
These hotels look nothing like the photos they post on their websites
Sometimes they’re not quite as spectacular in real life as the hotels would like you to think…

HOTELS AREN’T ALWAYS completely honest when it comes to the photos they post on their websites.

Professional reviewers from the hotel review website Oyster visited vacation properties around the world, and the photos they took didn’t quite match up with the online fantasy.

If you’re thinking of booking a warm getaway to escape the bitter winter cold, let these “photo fakeouts” serve as a cautionary tale against relying solely on hotels’ marketing materials.

Some are so egregious, you’ll think you are looking at pictures of two completely different properties.

FANTASY: Guest at the Sandals Carlyle Inn can relax on cozy lounge chairs on a beautiful white sand beach.

Sandals Carlyle Inn Sandals Carlyle Inn

REALITY: The beach is actually a tiny patch of sand right off a busy street

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FANTASY: At Maca Bana in Grenada, you can sip cocktails by a gorgeous pool and soak in the incredible views

Maca Bana Maca Bana

REALITY: The tiny pool is more like the size of a bathtub

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FANTASY: The AVA Hotel Athens has an incredible balcony looking right up onto the Acropolis

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REALITY: It’s not actually that close

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FANTASY: The Comfort Suites near Williamsburg, Virginia seems to have a spacious gym

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REALITY: The gym is actually a bit claustrophobic

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FANTASY: Live an urban dream at the Hudson Hotel in New York

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REALITY: An impossibly small living space

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FANTASY: Take a romantic nighttime dip at the Los Angeles Sofitel

Sofitel Los Angeles Sofitel Los Angeles

REALITY: Because you’ll be basking in the shadow of a Macy’s in the daytime…

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- Julie Zeveloff and Asta Thrastardottir

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