Oyster Hotel Reviews Launches Authentic, Expert Hotel Reviews for Sin City

Leading Online Travel Resource for Unbiased Reviews Unveils Editorial Content and Undoctored Photos of Las Vegas Hotels

NEW YORK, NY August 17, 2009 - Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) launched the Las Vegas portion of its website today, bringing clarity and authority to the difficult task of choosing the right hotel in sin city. The travel site has now reviewed more than 600 hotels in total with over 200,000 original photos, providing consumers access to hotel reviews in cities ranging from Las Vegas to New York City, Miami and the Caribbean. The new Vegas section will feature a wide range of original content, including reviews such as best bachelor party hotel, sexiest hotel pool scene and best gay-friendly hotels among others.

Las Vegas is a hot spot many travelers embark on for a variety of reasons each year. Whether it is a business trip for one of Vegas' many trade shows, a memorable bachelor party, a gambling get-away or a trip just to soak up the Nevada sun, all of the activity takes place in the hotels. It is more critical for travelers to choose a hotel that fits their needs in Las Vegas as the hotel serves as the majority of their vacation activity. Now with the launch of the Las Vegas section of Oyster Hotel Reviews and the site's exhaustive Las Vegas hotel coverage, consumers have the free, independent travel resource to narrow down the best suited hotel for their vacation needs.

Users will be able to search hotels by category, price, special amenities, or unusual features. Oyster's meticulously compiled round-ups range from practical lists like "most family-friendly," and "best value" hotels to more irreverent features like "Vegas hotels made famous by movies" and "best hotels for partying."

The Las Vegas content has been added to the hundreds of reviews and tens of thousands of photos of New York City hotels, Miami hotels, Aruba hotels, Jamaica hotels, and the Dominican Republic hotels. Reviews of hotels in many more locations, including Hawaii will be added in the months ahead.

In stealth mode from its founding in March 2008 until its launch in June 2009, Oyster Hotel Reviews has spent the past 16 months dispatching its staff of experienced journalists (whose credentials include time at the New York Times, Men's Journal, Money magazine, The Village Voice, and Conde Nast Traveler, among other publications) to stay in hotels anonymously while systematically evaluating the properties and taking hundreds of photos.

Hundreds of Las Vegas hotels market themselves on the web. Too often their own websites are filled with exaggeration and even outright misrepresentation. The leading travel booking sites, meanwhile, simply recycle photos and property descriptions they get from the hotels themselves. Oyster is dedicated to guiding consumers through this confusing terrain.

"When a traveler chooses a hotel to stay at in Las Vegas, they are essentially choosing the place where they will be spending the majority of their vacation. Sin city above all other cities uses its hotels for all entertainment, gambling, food and business purposes, which is why it is more critical for travelers to know exactly what they are getting into when they book a hotel. Oyster Hotel Reviews has taken the time to cipher through the marketing distortions of the hotel industry in Vegas that can often times be shocking and provides a reliable source for travelers looking for honest and unbiased reviews of hotels," said Elie Seidman, founder and CEO of Oyster Hotel Reviews. "The vast majority of hotel descriptions and photos circulating on the Internet originates in the hotel's own marketing departments and gets reproduced over and over as legitimate truth -- but too often it's highly misleading. By pulling back the sheets and revealing what you're really going to get, Oyster Hotel Reviews will fundamentally change the way people make hotel decisions. This is a great way for customers to eliminate their risk before spending their hard earned dollars."

Oyster Hotel Reviews Hotel investigators experience first-hand every hotel they review. They stay in the hotels anonymously. They sleep in the beds, swim in the pools, eat the food, interview the guests, and shoot hundreds of photos. Every review looks at service, design, dining, cleanliness, nearby nightlife, and even the thread count of the sheets on the beds. In addition, the site considers the specific needs of various types of travelers, including families with children, honeymooners, business travelers, pet owners, and those on limited budgets. To assure that consumers get apples-to-apples comparisons, Oyster Hotel Reviews reporters evaluate hotels on 70 different quantitative and qualitative dimensions.

About Oyster Hotel Reviews

Oyster Hotel Reviews is the first and only company dedicated to publishing objective, in-depth reviews, written by trained journalists, of the world's hotels. Using its proprietary hotel review method, Oyster Hotel Reviews adheres to the highest editorial standards in producing the world's most comprehensive hotel reviews online or off. Each review is accompanied by hundreds of undoctored photos taken by Oyster reviewers. Launched in late June 2009, Oyster has already been praised by, among others, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Arthur Frommer, and other major media outlets. So far, Oyster has covered hotels in Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Aruba. Scott Medintz, a former Senior Editor of Money magazine, is Oyster's Executive Editor. Management includes Microsoft alum Eytan Seidman, formerly of Microsoft's Bing.com; and two highly accomplished serial entrepreneurs, Ariel Charytan and Elie Seidman. Oyster is financed by Bain Capital Ventures.

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