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New on Oyster: Florida Keys

by Carolina on March 12, 2012

Beach at the Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort; Florida Keys

Beach at the Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort; Florida Keys

We just returned from the Florida Keys, which is home to one of the largest barrier reef systems in the world. It’s as close to the Caribbean as you can get in the U.S., and most visitors come here for incredible snorkeling and scuba diving, the great weather, and the partying, of course. Though it can get rowdy (especially on Key West), the vibe is mostly laid-back. Check out some of the hotel highlights from our trip after the jump>>

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Our iPad App home screen.

We’re so stoked to introduce our brand-spanking-new iPad app, which is available for FREE right now on the Apple AppStore. It’s pretty sweet. Here’s five reasons why we heart it:

1. The Maps! Did we ever mention we’re actually kind of geographically challenged? Well, we are, and the app’s interactive maps make finding hotels — or a specific landmark — a cinch. Want a hotel that’s actually on the Northern coast of the Big Island, that’s really on the beach? Done.

The interactive maps on our app.

Check out more shots of our app after the jump!

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Not that we need and excuse to throw a party, but what are the holidays without some company bonding? Check out the photos of Oyster’s holiday bash (and the effects of a three-hour open bar).

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Oyster’s New Features

by Hilary on September 22, 2011

We’ve got some amazing features we can’t wait to introduce to you. Check them out below!

1. Slideshows

Now when you are viewing our beautiful high resolution images of hotel rooms and destinations, you can view them in a full screen slideshow. It’s breathtaking if we do say so ourselves. Every album on our site now has a “slideshow” or a “full screen” option so you can get the full effect of looking at the destination through Oyster’s eyes.

Oyster.com slideshow view

Oyster.com slideshow view

2. Bring the kids

Sometimes you want a family vacation. Sometimes you want a romantic getaway. Oyster now gives you the option to choose how many people you’re traveling with, so your reservation and room types turn out to be what you expected. This way, you will avoid arriving at your hotel with the wrong information.

Bring the kids

Bring the kids

3. 360° Panoramas

Get ready to be blown away. We use  high-tech camera equipment to give you the entire 360-degree panoramic view of what we’re looking at. Really, it’s something to check out.

Oyster.com 360 Panorama View

Oyster.com 360 Panorama View

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The Best Hotels for Sports Fanatics

by Hilary on September 21, 2011

It’s football season and the MLB playoffs are around the corner. These hotels accommodate the loudest, rowdiest, most competitive fanatics out there. Give us an outrageously over-sized flat-screen TV and dem’s fightin’ words, and we’ve got just the right atmosphere.

Ouest, The Lucerne, New York
This isn’t your typical sports bar – it’s a high-end French restaurant with a cozy, Old-School New York twist. Although the menu is a bit pricey, the food (by Tom Valenti) will not disappoint – roasted salmon, braised beef short ribs, and juicy pork chops. The interior is covered in red leather, dark wooden accents, and white linen table cloths. With an outstanding bartender and fabulous drink menu, this place gets packed regularly, and (perhaps most importantly) a large flatscreen TV perches directly above the bar – making Ouest a great alternative from the typical sweaty, messy sports bar.
The Lucerne, New York
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Cheeseburgers. Fries. Pizza. What do these three foods have in common? Kids love ‘em. It’s hard to get young’ns to branch off from the culinary basics that are virtually guaranteed to be delicious. Thankfully, these restaurants and hotels have done a spectacular job at making innovative, delectable menus, or just really fun eating atmospheres — specifically with kids in mind.

What: Spectacular room service

Where: Four Seasons Washington D.C.

Sometimes the most difficult part of feeding the family is just getting there, where ever that may be. At Four Seasons Washington D.C., the meals can come to you. For kids – celery sticks with raisins and peanut butter, chicken kebabs on jasmine rice, pepperoni and cheese calzones. For babies – organic baby food and organic teething biscuits. So whether you’ve got infant-, toddler-, or elementary-aged bellies to fill, you can kick back and relax while room service takes care of the rest.
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Kathy Griffin

Twitter


While having some fun in her New York hotel room, Kathy Griffin showed off her body to a window watcher washer who was more than happy to take a stare-break.

The comedienne tweeted: In my hotel room & @Tiffanyrinehart yells “window washers! Window washers!!”

Griffin also tweeted the above photo of herself in a black bra and underwear, entertaining the lucky window washer.

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New hotels are constantly springing up during the year and we have our eyes peeled for every one. Some are more exceptional than others, however, and we can’t wait to share our finds of the hottest, newest, most luxurious hotels across the U.S. So whether you’re Times Square bound or longing to relax by the pool in Fort Lauderdale, there is a hip, new hotel waiting for you. So new, in fact, that some of these hotels are still little known secrets — we’re letting you in on the top-secret buzz.

Pool at the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

Pool at the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

Just opened in April, the all-white B Ocean sits right across the street from the beach, with an austere, minimalist design — similar to the style of a W hotel, with subtle neon lighting in the lobby come nightfall. The ocean views are the star here, but you’ll also find two great restaurants and a small pool with an accompanying outdoor bar. Despite a trendy appearance, this 240-room hotel is also popular among families.

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Oyster in The New York Times

by Hilary on September 7, 2011

Oyster Shots, which launched in June, was featured in the New York Times travel section today!

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Just after marrying NBA star Kris Humphries in Montecito, CA, Kim Kardashian basks in her post-wedding glory with sister Kourtney as they move into their new crib: a $7000-a-night penthouse suite at the chic Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York City. Upgraded from last season’s $3,000-a-night penthouse suite at The Smyth, the Kardashians certainly know how to shack up in style.

Entrance at The Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York

Entrance at The Gansevoort Park Ave, New York

The suite will lavishly flaunt Kim’s style, as she has already decked out the place with matching K&K monogrammed towels, sheets, pillow cases, and even Champagne bottles. This 249-room hotel with flashy decor, an outdoor pool, lots of bars, an Italian trattoria — Asellina, a salon and spa, 24-hour fitness center, and a Porsche Panamer (not that the Kardashians will need this service) will be also be the host to Kim’s nephew, Mason. All-in-all, not a bad deal for this family.

Plunge Bar, Gansevoort Park Ave, New York City

Plunge Bar, Gansevoort Park Ave, New York City

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