November 2011

We’re just as excited about the approaching ski season as you are, which is why we have tons of new destinations where you can find out where to sleep at the slopes. Below, you’ll find Hotel Jerome in Aspen, the conveniently located property with a stunning, grand lobby, and lovely well-landscaped courtyard. Check it out!

Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado

Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado


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The Blackstone Hotel’s Mercat a la Planxa is frequented by hotel guests and locals alike. With a superb location on the Lake, the tapas-style restaurant features delectable Spanish fare and an innovative cocktail menu. The beautiful restaurant in The Blackstone, a Renaissance Hotel, is a true gem in the Windy City. Here are some of our favorite dishes prepared by chef de cuisine Cory Morris.

Confit fall vegatables

Confit Fall Vegatables

Confit fall vegatables

The vegetarian confit dish consists of a medley of fall vegetables and fruits including lima beans, crisp apples, and squash served warm and perfectly seasoned with fresh herbs. The dish offers a hearty option for vegetarians and displays fall produce at its best.
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Oyster Named Website of the Week

by Hilary on November 11, 2011

Oyster has been named Website of the Week by Daily Mail and we couldn’t be happier. Our strengths and (minor) weaknesses are exposed loud and clear, and we must say we’re blushing. The strengths of our brand are unique and something we take tremendous pride in. Please, check out the article and let us know what you think!

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Dreaming of the perfect wedding getaway? These hotels aren’t over the top, gaudy, or flashy. They’re breathtaking, inviting, and just right. Aruba, Jamaica (Oh I wanna take ya)…

First up:

1. Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Drawing everyone from Queen Elizabeth to 50 Cent, Half Moon strives for timeless, understated luxury (even at the swim-up bar). Stretching over 400 acres (including 2 miles of beach), the 400-room resort offers attentive service, quality cuisine, and seemingly limitless activities like golfing and horseback riding.

Half Moon, Jamaica

Half Moon, Jamaica

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Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern is a chef, food writer, the host and producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods. Andrew, a recipient of the prestigious James Beard Award, has traveled the world, and understands the importance of a hotel and its amenities. Check out Andrew’s favorite hotel picks on Oyster.

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11 Things We Hate About Hotels

by Hilary on November 8, 2011

As the Hotel-Tell All, Oyster is very well-traveled when it comes to hotels. We’ve seen it all — whether good or bad. Let it be known: after visiting thousands of hotels, the tiny fees, poor service, and mediocre food starts to get irritating.

11. Valet Charges

No parking? Don’t charge through the roof for valet parking. You know it’s our only choice and makes us bitter.

Valet at The Angler's Boutique Resort

Valet at The Angler's Boutique Resort


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The 6 Sexiest Hotel Spas

by Hilary on November 7, 2011

No matter where you are, there’s nothing sexier than an incense-induced deep tissue massage. Combine that with the top class, top service, and your most peaceful day — or night — dreams, and you may as well call yourself the Marilyn Monroe of spas. Check out our best picks for sexiest hotel spas (disclaimer: drooling may occur).

1. Terranea Resort  Beaches, Santa Monica and Venice, Los Angeles

No other Los Angeles spa can compete with the Terranea’s size or features, precisely because, well, it’s not really in L.A. — it’s in Ranchos Palos Verdes, a ruggedly beautiful coastal enclave at L.A. County’s southwestern tip. The three serene private treatment rooms, called VIP suites, are themed after the elements; the earth suite has a redwood sauna and shower, the fire suite has a fireplace, and the water suite has a copper tub and views of the Pacific. The facility encompasses a whopping 50,000 square feet and has 25 treatment rooms as well as its own pool and outdoor hot tubs. Get the full list of the 10 sexiest hotel spas >>

Terranea Resort Los Angeles
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Foto Friday: Name This Coastline

by Hilary on November 4, 2011

Can you guess where this beautiful beach is located? A gift from Oyster to you for a Friday full of daydreaming.

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Oyster’s Spooky Halloween Bash

by Hilary on November 3, 2011

We had Where’s Waldo, Holly Golightly, Marilyn Monroe, and even a couple of Angry Birds. It doesn’t end there.

Check out our great shots from the spookiest Halloween party we’ve had yet. Can you guess who died in the Murder Mystery game?


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