Bogus photo of the week: Riu Negril Club

by Kelsey Blodget on July 23, 2009

The website photo hides the fact that the "king bed" is really two double beds pushed together.

The website photo hides the fact that the "king bed" is really two double beds pushed together.

The Oyster Hotel Reviews photo shows what the website leaves out: The "king" bed is fake!

The Oyster Hotel Reviews photo shows what the website leaves out: The "king" bed is fake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week, we showed you how hotels Photoshop out unsightly objects. This week, we show you what they can hide under the covers.

The Riu Negril Club website photo would be pretty accurate, if it didn’t camouflage one very important fact: The “king bed” is really two double beds pushed together. Not a vacation ruiner, but certainly a fact that would be nice to know pre-booking. The towel swan, at least, is real:

The Riu Negril Club may have misrepresented its beds, but we can confirm that the towel swan is real.

The Riu Negril Club may have misrepresented its beds, but we can confirm that the towel swan is real.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

The Everywhereist August 21, 2009 at 11:52 am

Yeah, the towel swan might be real, but the flowers are dead. That’s just depressing.

Kurtis Kronk October 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Now that’s just wrong.

Marcus November 5, 2009 at 3:48 pm

It may be worth noting that two double beds (assuming you’re using double as a synonym for full,) would be larger than a standard king, but also shorter. A king is equivalent to two Twin-XL matresses side by side, so two double beds would be a considerable increase in lateral sleeping area.

HotelConsultant November 27, 2009 at 3:50 am

I’m not convinced that it’s the same room.

Modern hotels of this nature usually have identical floor space and identical inventory for building simplicity (little boxes) and cost reasons (bulk buying). The only thing that differs is the mix of guests expected to visit: single business, couples (old and young), tours with strangers sharing etc. Based on this we, as hotel building consultants in Germany, always recommend a %-mixture of either two single beds which can be slid together or kept apart, or queen or king beds. Then we also add on pull-out sofa-beds for parents with young kids if required.

When reserving make sure you book what you want, even if traveling alone.

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