Hotel Expectations Vs The Disappointing Reality Upon Arrival

We have all been victims of false advertising at one point or another. But nothing beats the disappointment of planning a vacation and eagerly waiting for it, only to get there and have it look nothing like you imagined.

These people got to experience that firsthand.

How Does Anyone Make A Bathrobe Look Cute?

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Photo Credit: @amandaasette / Twitter
Photo Credit: @amandaasette / Twitter

Bathrobes are a lot of things: they’re cozy, they’re warm, they’re roomy, but they’re not flattering. They’re usually way too oversized to give any sort of shape and hide everything but the face. The modeling in the left picture is therefore very impressive. The difference in bathrooms is less impressive.

Hotel Ad Vs Reality In Vietnam

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Photo Credit: abenomic / Reddit
Photo Credit: abenomic / Reddit

Kudos to the person who took the photograph on left, making the pool look like it goes for miles into the horizon when it barely has space for one person and looks like it was just left in the parking lot.

Well…It Definitely Has Potential

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Photo Credit: gumbywho / Reddit

This poor family had three kids who were so excited to go swimming. They even planned to stay in for the whole day just to enjoy the pool. Little did they know the pool looked like it had never been cleaned. So the next morning, they took the first ferry out instead.

If You Close Your Eyes And Dream It, It Looks About The Same

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Photo Credit: empestlefavre / Reddit

This family found out the hard way that the beautiful resort and spa they had booked in Zhangjiajie was actually still under construction. Apparently, the site used artists’ renderings for what the resort may look like sometime in the very distant future.

“Went To Vegas Expecting A Great View And Then I Opened The Curtain”

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Photo Credit: UriasAlpha / Reddit
Photo Credit: UriasAlpha / Reddit

Vegas, the city of lights and dreams. You can’t think of Vegas without your own set of expectations and hopes, and I guarantee none of them includes an industrial view from your hotel room.

A Painting To Cover The Actual Window View Should Do It, Right?

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Photo Credit: @Vazza2011 / Twitter
Photo Credit: @Vazza2011 / Twitter

A young man rushed to make a hotel booking in Barcelona. He booked a room with a supposed “view,” only to discover that the view was 100% fake and that it was just a painting plastered on the window.

Scenery Not Included

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Photo Credit: CaptainMachinegun / Reddit
Photo Credit: CaptainMachinegun / Reddit

Technically, the hotel ad didn’t lie… It just didn’t give away the whole truth. It still looks the same as the picture, except it left out that the hotel background may not be particularly scenic.

“Expect Some Renovation Work During Your Stay”

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Photo Credit: @ExpectationVsReality / Instagram
Photo Credit: @ExpectationVsReality / Instagram

The whole point of staying at a hotel is to escape the noise and the headaches that come with the everyday life of being home. Imagine wanting nothing but some rest and relaxation, and being welcomed with construction instead. On the whole front of the hotel.

Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day

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Photo Credit: Trev-Nastiest / Reddit
Photo Credit: Trev-Nastiest / Reddit

The pancake machine at that hotel may have had a bit of a heating element issue that morning. Maybe if they just add lots of maple syrup and butter, they won’t even be able to notice the difference anymore.

There Should Be A Rule That If The Pool Is Closed, The Price Is Reduced, Who’s With Me?

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Photo Credit: LargeCzar / Reddit
Photo Credit: LargeCzar / Reddit

Apparently, this hotel cost over $200 and was booked mid-summer. Yet the pool remains closed and the reason is unclear. As a lot of people book their hotels based on the amenities they promise, the price should reflect it when they can’t meet those promises.

Ice Cream Or Mashed Potatoes?

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Photo Credit: kairouz / Reddit
Photo Credit: kairouz / Reddit

This poor guy was so excited to feel fancy and order some room service dessert. Instead, he got what looked like a frozen dinner of mashed potatoes and meatloaf. Technically, the ingredients are there, they’re just lacking presentation points.

It’s All About Presentation

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Photo Credit: Otis-B-Driftwood / Reddit
Photo Credit: Otis-B-Driftwood / Reddit

This is a really great trick. The length of the curtains gives the impression that the window goes from one end of the room to the other. That’s until you open them. Well, at least there actually still is a window somewhere in there.

Talk About False Advertisement

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Photo Credit: Stevie212/ Reddit
Photo Credit: Stevie212/ Reddit

There is a lot wrong with this cheese platter. Not only does it look nothing like the image on the room service menu, but it is also missing at least half the advertised ingredients.

“Views Of The Main Church From The Bedroom Window”

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Photo Credit: airazz / Reddit
Photo Credit: airazz / Reddit

Technically, the Airbnb ad was not a lie. These bricks are part of the church… Perhaps a rental a little more elevated would have worked better. You get what you pay for.

Fun-Sized Breakfast Pancakes

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Photo Credit: HeyRobin_ / Reddit
Photo Credit: HeyRobin_ / Reddit

Unless you’re feeding these to a toddler, you’d need at least 10 of them to actually feel full, and even then, toddlers eat a lot. Maybe the hotel is not aware that they’re able to control the size of pancake the machine produces.

If It Ever Has The Word “Free” In It, Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

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Photo Credit: besst / Reddit
Photo Credit: besst / Reddit

It is doubtful the image on the left actually illustrated a real “complimentary breakfast” at that hotel and wasn’t just some stock photo. That’s the danger of getting excited about anything “free.” Costs have to be cut somewhere…

You Know A Painting Is Good When You Can’t Tell Which Is Real

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Photo Credit: Assasiner63 / Reddit
Photo Credit: Assasiner63 / Reddit

This hotel painting does such a good job of portraying what you’ll be looking at that you can barely tell which is the painting and which is real life. This also shows that not much of the town has changed over the years.

The Ad Had Said “AC Included”…

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Photo Credit: Gohanto / Reddit
Photo Credit: Gohanto / Reddit

Although this is definitely not what you picture when you think of AC, it is in fact some kind of cooling system where air blows into an icebox. Usually, though, there is at least a fan facing the icebox so the cool air has somewhere to go.

They might just have to rely on the cold water bottle instead.

Honestly, It Looks Better Than It Does On The Menu

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Photo Credit: AstralLlama / Reddit
Photo Credit: AstralLlama / Reddit

Is it just me, or does the room service pizza look like it has a smiley face? Yes, it may be missing half the ingredients that were advertised in the room service menu, but maybe they did it on purpose for the sake of art?

They Didn’t Show The Sand In The Ad For A Reason

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Photo Credit: Shana24601/ Reddit
Photo Credit: Shana24601/ Reddit

This hotel advertisement for a private beach got a young woman excited to spend her graduation there. To her disappointment, she found that the sand of the private beach was actually so full of seaweed that you couldn’t actually make it to the water.