September 2011

Foto Friday: The Room Pool

by Hilary on September 30, 2011

At Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia, every room has a private infinity pool. And that’s not all. Read more >>

The Room at Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

The Room at Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

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Super Clean Hotels in New York

by Hilary on September 29, 2011

No doubt, there are horror stories about New York hotels with dark, dingy rooms, cockroaches in the bathrooms, and stains on the sheets. But in general, the great majority of hotels in New York are very clean. Still, it takes a lot for us to qualify a hotel as super clean. After staying at about 200 hotels throughout New York City, we’ve awarded the few immaculate properties that will put even the most extreme germaphobe at ease.

Crosby Street Hotel
The Crosby Street Hotel opened in October 2009 on a quiet, cobblestoned street in SoHo. There’s not a thread out of place in the luxurious, whimsically decorated rooms and public spaces.

Crosby Street Hotel

Crosby Street Hotel

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Two Bedroom Suite at Tortuga Bay in the Dominican Republic

Two Bedroom Suite at Tortuga Bay in the Dominican Republic

For most, a truly fantastic bathroom — think lots of marble, a decadent Jacuzzi tub, and space to spare — is a prerequisite when splurging on a luxury hotel. Especially for couples: We know how many of you flip through our bathroom photos looking for Jacuzzi tubs that fit two. Which is why we’ve created slideshows of the best hotel bathrooms in New York, the best hotel bathrooms in San Francisco, the best hotel bathrooms in Miami, and more. But for those of you who the bathroom is really, really important — for some honeymooners, it can be the deciding factor when booking a trip — we decided to make it even easier for you, and pull together a photo tour of our all-time favorite bathrooms on the site. Enjoy. Read More »

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Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

by Hilary on September 27, 2011

Ameritania Hotel, New York City

Ameritania Hotel, New York City

  • PREPARE
    To be slightly uncomfortable. Gordon Ramsay’s new reality TV show on Fox, Hotel Hell, will show audiences the ins and outs of struggling hotels – think moldy bathrooms and dirty kitchens. Very Oyster-esque. [Boston Globe]

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This 127-room boutique in Downtown Atlanta is located in a historic building that was once ravaged by the deadly Winecoff fire — but inside, it’s thoroughly stylish and contemporary. Its cute lobby has fresh flowers and a cool light fixture, its restaurant serves delicious farm-to-table cuisine, and rooms are sophisticated, with modern technology. Perks like free Wi-Fi and a free wine tasting every evening add value, and female travelers may appreciate the women’s-only floor, which includes added security and a separate entrance.

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Lobby at The Ellis Hotel, Atlanta

Lobby at The Ellis Hotel, Atlanta

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Foto Friday: The Beach-Chic Setting

by Hilary on September 23, 2011

Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Resort

This 40-room resort caters to the upscale traveler with luxurious, beach-chic cottages and high-end amenities. It is located on Sunset Key, a residential island off Key West, and is affiliated to the Westin Key West, with which it shares some features, like a fitness center and restaurants. The hotel itself has wonderful amenities, including a lovely pool, a gorgeous beach with palm trees and clear waters, and a pleasant spa. Its location, though idyllic and exclusive, might be somewhat inconvenient for travelers who want to be close to shops and restaurants (the hotel only has one eatery on-site).

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Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Resort

Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Resort

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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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Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

by Hilary on September 20, 2011

The Deluxe Room at the Four Seasons Boston

The Deluxe Room at the Four Seasons Boston

  • SPREAD THE LOVE
    Get ready for National Love Note Day. On September 26, The Four Seasons Boston will help you feel loved with its Room for Romance package. You’ll find a love note featuring different quotes from a famous author, song lyrics or even movie quotes on the bed at turndown. [Hotel Chatter]

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FACEBOOK FANS: Win 2 free nights at the destination of your choice!

“Like” Oyster.com on Facebook and then change your profile picture to a destination of your choice from Oyster Shots (must keep entire shot, no cropping) for 2 weeks. Keep this copy as the caption for the photo and you are entered for a chance to win!

The contest ends October 3, so hurry up and start searching for your next profile picture! Maximum $1000, 2 people.

Here is one of our favorites.

Beach at the Buena Vista Luxury Villas, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Beach at the Buena Vista Luxury Villas, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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