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.
REALITY: The beach is actually a tiny patch of sand right off a busy street.
Read the full Sandals Carlyle Inn review.
FANTASY: At Maca Bana in Grenada, you can sip cocktails by a gorgeous pool and soak in the incredible views.
Read the full review at Oyster.
REALITY: The tiny pool is more like the size of a bathtub.
Read the full Maca Bana review.
FANTASY: The AVA Hotel Athens has an incredible balcony looking right up onto the Acropolis.
REALITY: It's not actually that close.
Read the full AVA Hotel Athens review.
FANTASY: A smiling instructor will teach you to play tennis at Samsara Cliff Resort & Spa in Jamaica.
REALITY: There's a reason they didn't show the actual tennis court.
Read the full Samsara Cliff Resort & Spa review.
FANTASY: A rooftop haven at New York City's Dream Downtown.
REALITY: That's one skinny pool.
Read about the Dream Downtown at Oyster >
FANTASY: Live an urban dream at the Hudson Hotel in New York.
REALITY: An impossibly small living space.
Read the full review of the Hudson Hotel at Oyster >
FANTASY: Take a romantic nighttime dip at the Los Angeles Sofitel.
REALITY: You'll be basking in the shadow of a Macy's.
Read a full review of the Sofitel Los Angeles at Oyster.com >>
FANTASY: A tranquil infinity pool overlooking the ocean at Sheraton Waikiki in Hawaii doesn't have a single person in it.
REALITY: Still gorgeous — just extremely crowded.
FANTASY: Up-close colorful shots of smiling guests promise a fun day at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland.
REALITY: The small pool is very bland.
Read the full Dune Manor Hotel review on Oyster.
FANTASY: Watch the sun set from the gorgeous ocean-view pool at Tensing Pen in Jamaica.
REALITY: The tight crop hides the fact that the pool is barely a pool at all.
Read Oyster's full review of Tensing Pen here.
FANTASY: A huge comfortable bed awaits you at the Hotel Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
REALITY: It's actually two twin beds side by side, sharing the same headboard.
FANTASY: The Claridge Hotel in Miami appears to have an Italianate indoor pool.
REALITY: Looks more like a hot tub.
Click here to read a full review of the Claridge Hotel in Miami >
FANTASY: The Comfort Suites near Williamsburg, Virginia seems to have a spacious gym.
REALITY: The gym is actually a bit claustrophobic.
Read the full Comfort Suites Bypass review.
FANTASY: A swanky setup on the rooftop of the Ritz Carlton Los Angeles.
REALITY: A pretty space, but much more plain in daylight.
Read more about the Ritz Carlton Los Angeles on Oyster >
FANTASY: Guests at Le Dune Suite hotel in Puglia, Italy can enjoy a delicious breakfast spread by the pool.
REALITY: The pool looks much less appealing when zoomed out.
Read Oyster's review of Le Dune here.
FANTASY: Stretch out on your balcony at the London West Hollywood.
REALITY: A close-up can be very misleading.
Read the full London West Hollywood review here >
FANTASY: The immaculate beach at Barcelo Capella Beach Resort, Dominican Republic.
REALITY: That beach is covered in seaweed.
Click here to read about the Barcelo Capella Resort at Oyster >
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