The last thing that you would want is to have a dream honeymoon in mind only to find out in reality it's not everything it was touted to be!
We have heard of many family vacations getting ruined or being a big hassle due to the hotels misguiding information and photos.
For example, you are planning a family trip to Washington DC, so you find a hotel that suits your budget that claims it is down the block from The White House. You scroll through their pictures and see a great photo of a nice hotel room that looks out on to The White House. It looks like you could reach out and touch The White House, it seems so close.
But, upon arriving at the hotel you see the reality that The White House, is actually more like over one mile away. The hotel didn't lie about it being directly down the street from The White House, but the picture was deceptive. Now you will have to hail a taxi to take you and your family down Pennsylvania Avenue because it is too far to walk with the kids.
Or how about booking a resort vacation getaway? You look at their pictures and love their luxury infinity pool overlooking the ocean. You are so excited and looking forward to lounging in it all afternoon, to only find out upon arrival, that the infinity pool is really no bigger than a kiddie pool, and doesn't overlook the ocean.
You wonder what happened? You just fell prey for a great marketing ploy, is what happened. So many industries use creative photography to enhance and change the look of what is truly being photographed. When you sell a house, a realtor hires a photographer that takes photos of your home with a wide-angle lens and knows how to make rooms look taller, longer, and wider than they really are. They adjust the aperture on the camera to let in more light to make everything look brighter than it is in real life.
Magazines do it, golf courses do it, resorts do it, theme parks do it, restaurants do it, this list goes on and on of business that use marketing tools, such as photoshopped photos, to lure you in.
Now, this is not illegal because these hotel owners are actually taking pictures of their own property. And if photoshopping a better view ever became illegal; all the magazines in the grocery stores would go out of business.
New York City hotels are notorious for making rooms look bigger; as most rooms in the city are far smaller than the average sized hotel room. You will also want to be careful with hotels in Europe. A lot of the time the room says 2 beds; what they don't tell you is that they are sometimes single person beds; not to queen or full like you would aspect. Also, as the infrastructure of the cities are a lot older rooms maybe smaller and some hotels have shared bathrooms on each floor of the hotel. So if you don't do your research you could be in line with other guests to take turns using the bathroom areas.
We love the site Oyster.com it is like a Tripadvisor.com, but has a section on their website called Photo Fakeouts; where they show what the hotel posted on their website and what the actually view is. Some of the photos are comical because you can't believe how much the same exact area can be photographed so differently to look so much more inviting.
We love this photo we found on Facebook last week.
We love this article on yahoo.com posted by the Business Insider. This just reinforces how many times we say do your research! So check out some of the photos posted by Yahoo in their story, this might give you all whole new perspective on how you look at hotel photos. So when you are booking online whether be directly with the hotel or a third party wholesaler make sure you know all the facts Jack.
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