We all know that what you see isn’t necessarily what you get — and buyer beware. It’s certainly wise to remember those maxims when selecting a hotel.
In a new Bing Travel slide show, you’ll find 11 photos of hotels that aren’t quite as attractive as the pictures the hotels themselves promote. Expecting to find a serene pool, watched over by a bikini-clad woman? The crowded reality may dampen your spirits. So might the room that’s dressed up with frumpy accessories. And it’s worth pondering what a photo isn’t showing, too … like maybe a giant Macy’s looming practically overhead.
Of course, none of the issues addressed in our photo gallery means your hotel experience will necessarily be lousy. Overcrowded pools, dowdy suites and hulking department stores are a far cry from dirty rooms and rude or incompetent service. But it’s definitely worth taking any hotel’s photos with a grain of salt. And if a particular aspect of your accommodations is important to you, it may be worth investigating carefully before making a reservation.
Have you ever been wooed by a lush-looking picture on a hotel’s Web site or brochure, only to be disappointed when the reality didn’t match the hype (implied or otherwise)? Share your gripes and warnings with fellow travelers in the comments section.