False Advertising: Hotel Pics That Don't Match Reality

PHOTO: Visitors to the Hotel Alicja will find that it sits in the shadow of a nuclear power plant.
ABC News

When scouting hotels and vacation rentals thousands of miles away from home, would-be travelers may be dazzled by the luxurious accommodations often pictured online.

But when it comes to getaways advertised on the Internet, what you see is too often not what you get. Click through to see photos of travel accommodations posted online and then photos of the (far less glamorous) real thing.

Watch the full story on "20/20: Vacation Confidential" online.

PHOTO: The Hotel Alicja in Poland is pictured on their website in front of a blue sky.
ABC News
Cozy Getaway?

The website for this cozy Polish hotel shows a peaceful, flower-covered inn beneath a sunny, blue sky.

PHOTO: Visitors to the Hotel Alicja will find that it sits in the shadow of a nuclear power plant.
ABC News
Powerful Misperception

When ABC News arrived at the hotel, we found nothing cozy about it. It was on a noisy street and stood in the shadow of the cooling tower and smokestacks of a power plant.

PHOTO: A "deluxe" room as advertised by a Miami hotel.
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Florida Flora?

This photo of a premiere Miami hotel's "deluxe" room features two plants and colorful décor.

PHOTO: Oyster.com's picture of the Miami hotel's "deluxe" room.
Oyster.com
Barely There Flare

When a reporter with the hotel website Oyster.com visited the hotel, the "deluxe" room looked markedly different -- the plants and floral blanket were absent.

PHOTO: A "Full Ocean View" room as advertised by a Costa Rican hotel.
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A Room With a View?

A photo from the website of a Costa Rican hotel showed a "Full Ocean View" room with a wall of windows.

PHOTO: This "Full Ocean View" room, as pictured by Oyster.com, has only one window.
Oyster.com
A Window Into Disappointment

When Oyster visited the hotel and requested a "Full Ocean View" room, the room they got had just one window.

For more comparisons of hotel advertisements and real hotel rooms, check out Oyster.com's "photo fakeouts" page.

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