L.A. Photo Fakeout: The Incredible Shrinking Pool

Hotel Oceana's Photo

Hotel Oceana's Photo

Oyster's Photo

Oyster's Photo

Dear Hotel Oceana,

We really like you. Your little boutique in Santa Monica has a quiet vibe and bright, enormous rooms, and you're only 15 minutes from the beach on foot. And that heart-shaped pool in the courtyard is cute.

So it just seems so unnecessary to employ the old cropping and staging tricks, which we've previously documented at Miami's Aqua Hotel, where a hot male model is apparently trying to surf in a hot tub.

Take a look at the photo on your website. It is much more focused on the pretty model than on the size of the pool, but the close-up shot seems to suggest that the pool is so enormous it can't fit in a single frame. Now look at what our reporter found: a pool that's charming but not so big.

So we want you to know there's no need to exaggerate your virtues. We like you just the way you are.

Love,

Oyster

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