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Oyster.com: Travel's priceless pearl
By: Patricia V.   |    February 21, 2012   |   4 Comments (0) (0)


Do you love to travel...building up your taste for a wonderful experience, until you arrive at your destination and find out that the hotel and resort accommodations aren't what you thought you booked? Well, have I got something for you...a website that will prevent that from ever happening again: Oyster.com.

Hilary Walke, EditoratOyster.com, shared that the "Hotel Tell-All", was founded in 2008 and launched in 2009 as a result of mediocre to poor experiences had by its CEOs. After extensive travels, they often concluded that information about hotels on websites was either lacking and unsatisfactory or just downright untrue. It is a small company with big purpose--meeting the needs of all looking for 3 to 5-star hotels.

They bring the truth to what's being advertised by sending out special, trainedinvestigators to visit, photograph, review and rate accommodations around the world. The site features reviews with hundreds ofphotos of each location. "Photo Fakeouts" is a particularly fun comparison and contrast look between what is being advertised on hotel websites versus what actually exists. ( http://www.oyster.com/hotels/photo-fakeouts/ ) The site also supports navigation based on what you're seeking by allowing a visitor to browse the site by plugging in desired amenities and locations. Additionally, the website just launched its iPad application. ( application.http://www.oyster.com/apps/ipad-promo/ )

Oyster.com states its mission in good, old layman's terms:

"Oyster has a very simple mission: to give a comprehensive preview of the hotels you might choose to stay at, from the beds you'll sleep in to the bathrooms you'll use to the food you'll eat.

Oyster supplements firsthand written critiques with hundreds of honest photographs about each property visited. They love taking beautiful photos of the world's best hotels. But they're also not shy about showing the mold in the bathroom grout, the unwiped table in the restaurant, or the garbage piled around the corner from the pool. These dirty little secrets can ruin a trip but are hard to discover on the Web. Oyster is here to change that. "
Oyster.com lives up to its name and allows its visitors to truly let the world be their oyster.
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Patricia V. commented on June 15, 2012

Give them a bit more time. They just launched in 2009. They are coming along nicely and at a steady pace, just as other more established sites started. Additionally, I would think foreign and more exotic locales require more money and planning than a domestic destination.

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vision20 commented on June 14, 2012

It's a decent concept but Tripadvisor wins out. For ex. look up St Regis Princeville or JK Place Florence...no pictures. Try 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai. It's not even listed...It's the same story over and over.

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Patricia V. commented on June 14, 2012

Oyster.com is impartial in its reviews, posts hundreds of photos, and benefits all who take advantage of its website.

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vision20 commented on June 13, 2012

Truthfully I hardly ever visit this site. The travel website marketplace is just too saturated that only the best standout and this isn't one of them.

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