Before you go on vacation…..

With Labor day fast approaching, many folks will be traveling by air and on the highway for their last escape before fall and school starts. Vacation planning can be a struggle, from deciding where to go, which airline to take, and where to stay. How many of you take it for granted that your hotel room will resemble the photo in the publication you saw or the amenities featured will be readily available and at your service? Oyster Hotel Reviews has taken it upon themselves to do extensive research for vacationers. They've hired journalists to take undoctored photos, list amenities, and give unbiased reviews based on their finds- both good and bad. 

Let's say I'm planning a trip to Miami for my best friends birthday party. All I have to do is type in Miami, and it lists in categories, the best hotels, best value, best luxury, family friendly, most romantic, pet friendly, etc.  The next set of categories is based on areas, from downtown city life, to cool, calm, collected and working on my tan on the beach! There are a multitude of slide shows based on the best gyms, bathrooms, pools and other amenities of interest in the final category.

Well, I've narrowed it down and I've decided I want a pet friendly hotel since I plan on taking my dog, Lucy Goosie. After viewing a few photos, I love the look of The Westin Colonnade. It's breathtakingly gorgeous, and only $200 a night.

Amenities-the-westin-colonnade-coral-gables-v180028-800The Westin ColonnadeOyster Hotel Reviews

Unfortunately after doing a bit of research, we will not be able to stay here, as the review states that contrary to what the hotel website says (dogs 45 lbs and under are permitted) dogs can only be 25 pounds or under. What would I have done had I gotten to Miami with my dog who weighs more than 25 pounds?


The journalist I interviewed from Oyster Hotel Reviews gave me a bit of background on the reviewers, what they review and whether changes have been made since creating this website.

Kelsey Blodgett whom I interviewed stated- "Our reporters all have impressive journalism backgrounds, and have worked at publications like the Village Voice, Forbes, and Money Magazine. They investigate every aspect of a property, including the architecture and interior design, and can assess how it compares to other similar hotels in the area. Although reporters take their own photos, we also have an experienced photo team that contributes to our photo coverage."

At this point and time, only hotels are reviewed, "but timeshares are covered, when the property is also a hotel." Changes have not been made based on their reviews, "but if If a hotel we say has worn rooms renovates them, we will note that change once we confirm it. We want our reviews to always be fresh and up to date, and to give properties credit for improving themselves" Blodgett states.

Based on my research, and the gorgeous photos- I am in love with and can't wait to visit Half Moon, Montego Bay, in Jamaica

Beach-half-moon-v215198-800Half Moon Bay Jamaica- Oyster


Hibiscus-pool-half-moon-v251469-800Hibiscus Pool at Half Moon Bay- Oyster



The Akbar Restaurant at the Half Moon Bay- Oyster


Restaurants-bars-half-moon-v214735-800Seagrape Terrace at the Half Moon Bay- Oyster

Oh and don't worry, I've already mentioned I'd love to see reviews of you guessed it…my favorite hotel, The Viceroy!



  1. August 27, 2009 / 7:12 am

    oh those pictures make me want to go on vaca now! sigh. so pretty…

    and i hate hotels that say dogs welcomed when in fact not ALL dogs are welcomed. boo to all that.

  2. August 27, 2009 / 6:37 pm

    Ugh. This post made me really wish I was going some place exotic this weekend instead of the northern woods of Wisconsin! And the next time I’m hotel searching, I’ll take a peek at Oyster. It’s such a good idea.

    Have a lovely weekend, m’dear!

  3. August 27, 2009 / 7:15 pm

    I love those photos and would love to go on such a exotic vacation! Thanks for sharing the link with us! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  4. August 28, 2009 / 4:51 am

    thank you for the tips and the site, ms. ace reporter!

  5. December 1, 2009 / 11:11 pm

    Nice place! I really love it. I was here with my wife and kids last summer. aaI am proud to say that we had a blast!

  6. December 2, 2009 / 11:56 pm

    What a nice place this is and with these kind of amenities. I think I would like to come here with my wife and kinds for some quality bonding time.

  7. December 17, 2009 / 12:06 am

    I always review the things that I will be bringing with me on a trip. Ever since I haven’t had a problem with regards to vacation trips.

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