“You Can’t Return a Bad Vacation.”
Oyster.com is not your average online hotel site that just republishes marketing material(s). They have well trained professional investigators who actually visit the hotel, take their own pictures and report on exactly what they experienced. How novel, a group of reviewers that actually do hands-on reviews. I really like the approach and I like that TripAdvisor (their owner since 2013) allows them to operate independently. Hopefully it will continue.
BTW, they have a whole page of videos of oyster.com staff being interviewed on national and local TV news shows concerning hotel consumer related subjects. The videos are informative and very useful. This is not a small operation or an experiment. They have legitimately covered hotels all over the planet. Take a moment and click or tap and look at their list.
The best way to help you learn about oyster.com is for them to tell their own story, as excerpted from their site, https://www.oyster.com/
“We visit in person, like your mother-in-law.
Oyster is the Hotel Tell-All. We send professional investigators to every hotel, and we publish comprehensive high-resolution photos, amazing panoramas, and expert reviews. Our photos are undoctored and our reviews are honest, so you know exactly what you’re going to get before you arrive.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did you come up with this idea?
The idea for Oyster came from our own travel experiences. We grew frustrated with hotel websites, as well as with Orbitz, Expedia, and Travelocity, when hotels consistently turned out to be different from what those sites had suggested. We eventually decided that we needed to solve the problem ourselves.
Why did you choose the name Oyster?
As Shakespeare wrote, “The world is your oyster” — meaning that its possibilities are yours for the taking. At Oyster, we help you take on the world by making it easy to find the right hotel. Through independent reporting and honest, undoctored hotel photography, we deliver the “raw” truth so that you can find what you’re really looking for. Boris Fishman, an early adviser to the company and former employee, gets credit for coming up with the name.
Where are you based?
Oyster is based in New York City.
How many people use Oyster?
More than 10 million unique customers a year use our expert content to make hotel decisions — and that number is growing fast!
How is Oyster different from sites such as Hotels.com and Expedia?
Oyster’s expert hotel investigators visit every property in-person and take every photo, and our expert written reviews are always objective. In contrast, sites such as Hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity rely heavily on hotels’ marketing materials for both the text and images that appear on their sites. We want you to find and book the hotel that’s right for you, so we’re completely honest about what you should expect when you arrive — if a hotel is dirty, or noisy, or in a seedy neighborhood, we’ll let you know.
What destinations do you cover?
We currently cover nearly 200 destinations around the globe, all of which can be viewed here. Expect many more to come in the near future!”
If you want the straight scoop on a hotel visit oyster.com. It will make your travel life easier.
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