Oyster Hotel Reviews Launches Independent, Expert Hotel Reviews for Los Angeles

Leading Online Resource For Unbiased Hotel Reviews Adds Editorial Coverage and Undoctored Photos of More Than 50 Top Los Angeles Hotels

NEW YORK, NY November 4, 2009 - Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) launched its Los Angeles hotels coverage, bringing clarity and authority to the difficult task of choosing the perfect hotel. The site now includes reviews for New York hotels, Las Vegas hotels, Miami hotels, Aruba hotels, Jamaica hotels, and the Dominican Republic hotels with upwards of 200,000 photos taken by Oyster's staff of full time hotel reporters.

The publisher of the most authoritative and comprehensive hotel reviews anywhere, Oyster's full time hotel reviewers travel anonymously, pay their own way, and stay undercover in the hotels they review. While there, they take hundreds of photos of each hotel so that through the Oyster review, travelers can see the hotel before they go. As the LA Times said: "Here's a website where travelers can get an inside peek at some of Los Angeles' most-talked-about hotels before they slap down their credit card...Oyster roundup lists provide a great way to ogle the insides of a hotel and get a full review, whether you're shopping for a room right now, or daydreaming for next year."

Whether planning a girlfriends' getaway, family vacation or romantic weekend away from the kids. Oyster gives travelers all the information they need to select the Los Angeles hotel best suited to their needs. Users are able to search hotels by category, price, and 100+ features that Oyster reporters have verified during their undercover hotel stays. Oyster's meticulously compiled "best-of" lists include best luxury hotels, most kid-friendly hotels, best value hotels, and most romantic hotels. In addition, Oyster created award lists and slideshows that highlight noteworthy features like the best hotel spas in Los Angeles and best hotel rooms in Los Angeles.

"Hotel stays usually account for the biggest portion of your travel expenses, but a hotel is not something you can return if you're unsatisfied and up until Oyster, there was no way to see what you were going to get before you went. As our popular photo fakeouts show, there can be a big difference between reality and what the hotel brochure shows," says Oyster Founder, Elie Seidman.

The Los Angeles hotel reviews coverage is in addition to the many hundreds of reviews and tens of thousands of photos that Oyster has already published for its New York hotel reviews, Las Vegas hotel reviews, Miami hotel reviews, Aruba hotel reviews, Jamaica hotel reviews, and Dominican Republic hotel reviews. Oyster's large team of full time hotel reporters is currently out covering many more vacation destinations and top vacation spots will be added in the months ahead, including San Francisco, Boston, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Washington, D.C.

"Best Of" Lists for Los Angeles

In order to find the very best hotels in LA, a team of Oyster reporters spent weeks sleeping in the beds and swimming in the pools of 52 hotels in and around Los Angeles. The Oyster hotel reporters and Oyster editing team have awarded the following hotels:

About Oyster Hotel Reviews

Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) is the first and only travel site dedicated to publishing objective, in-depth reviews, written by trained journalists, of the world's hotels. Oyster's staff of full time hotel reviewers stay in hotels anonymously while systematically evaluating the properties and taking hundreds of photos of every hotel. Oyster Hotel Reviews adheres to the highest editorial standards; it does not accept compensation or incentives from hotels, and pays for all travel expenses. Hotels cannot pay to be reviewed nor can they influence the reviews in any way. The site aggregates rates from leading travel sites and provides several booking options for each hotel. Oyster is financed by Bain Capital Ventures and is led by an accomplished and experienced management team including Oyster co-founder Elie Seidman and executive editor Scott Medintz and managing editor Ellen Stark. The Oyster Hotel Reviews team consists of dozens of experienced journalists whose credentials include The New York Times, Men's Journal, Money, The Village Voice, and Conde Nast Traveler, among other publications.

www.oyster.com

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