Splashing is allowed at the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

With Spring Break fast approaching and MTV touching down in Las Vegas beginning March 6th, Oyster wanted to put together the ultimate partier’s guide for where to stay in Sin City.  Most hotels, both on and off the strip, are notorious for something.  Read on for the best hotels and what makes them so well known.

Off the Strip

The Palms Casino Resort:

Notorious For:  Playboy bunnies, the Real World, and now MTV’s Spring Break
The Palms is known as THE Vegas party hotel, so it’s no wonder MTV couldn’t stay away. First, the Real World Las Vegas was filmed there in 2002, now they’ll be filming Spring Break. In the Palms Tower, Rain is the quintessential nightclub, complete with go-go dancers. The Playboy Club, a gambling area with another dance floor, is staffed by card-dealing Bunnies. Above the Playboy Club is Moon, another nightclub with live DJs, multiple bars, and a retractable roof. With four pools and three poolside bars, you can relax at the Palms even with the inescapable party atmosphere.  Read More »


What adjective would you use to describe your perfect weekend getaway? Literary? Refreshing? How about groovy? Try out these cool historical trips for an out-of-the ordinary vacation.

San Francisco:

If you were part of the counter culture during the Summer of Love, then you undoubtedly feel the calling to visit Haight-Ashbury. Even if you weren’t a flower child, there is so much to do and see near the intersection of these famous streets.

View of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, one sight to see on your groovy vacay

Do: Embrace your inner Flower Child and tour The Haight

Take the Flower Power Walking Tour or be your own guide. Be sure to see the residences of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin. Stroll the side streets of Haight Ashbury and Cole Valley where Victorian homes are plentiful. The Haight has a wide variety of cafes and restaurants—why not end the day with Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia? Read More »


Next time you travel, check out one of these hotels with exercise alternatives

With the new year comes New Year’s Resolutions, and we all know what that means: “Getting fit” will skyrocket to the top of many people’s priority lists. And while staying active on the road isn’t too hard — many hotels offer state-of- the-art cardio and strength training equipment — we know that treadmills can get downright boring after a while. So we’ve found the hotels that have one-of-a-kind fitness amenities that will add a little spice to your workouts in 2011, and below we’ll tell you where to find them.


The hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, Orlando
At this Orlando hotel, have fun while you get fit: Rent a kayak ($20 for 1 hour) and paddle on Grande Lake, or book the day-long Kayak School ($295 per person), an eco-tour (2 hour excursion, $60 per adult, kids are free!), or a morning row ($20 per person for 1 hour).

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