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30 Times Trip Advisor Traveler Photos Gave Us A Dose Of Reality

TripAdvisor is a website that lets just about anyone post a review or information about anything related to travel. From hotel rooms to restaurants, cruises to beaches, this website has become quite popular for both travel-related businesses (the hotels, restaurants, and cruise operators) and travel patrons and guests to post reviews and images.

Usually, places on TripAdvisor have good reviews or bad reviews based on how people perceive their stay or meal. But there are instances where the perception (which may not come from TripAdvisor) does not exactly match up to the reality - and not in a good way. One would expect the occasional disparity between a review and the hotel or website, but TripAdvisor is full of images that prove perception does not always equal reality.

Here are 30 such examples where the TripAdvisor photo hits us with a much needed dose of reality, proving that you cannot always believe what you read in the travel brochures or on the restaurant website. These hotels, restaurants, and other travel-related businesses come from all over the world, and clearly demonstrate that the weird, the disgusting, and the downright nasty are not limited to hole-in-the wall establishments. So sit back, relax, and get a dose of reality from TripAdvisor.

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30 La Semana Hotel, New York City

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Is La Semana Hotel in New York City haunted? Of course, the hotel is not going to make that claim, being in a city full of high-end hotels. But on TripAdvisor, people are convinced that this particular hotel is haunted. With reviews like "shockingly bad," "sleeping in a basement," and much worse, La Semana Hotel probably should be avoided, and the official website should be ignored. Unless you like a room with toilet paper hanging from the ceiling...

29 New York Inn, New York City

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When one TripAdvisor reviewer was staying at New York Inn, the department of health and the fire department were marking rooms as uninhabitable. When you have the department of health putting up signs on the doors - when people are staying there - you know that something is wrong with the rooms. So... yeah, you probably should avoid booking a room here, since they are all being closed down for health concerns that are unknown, and that is generally not a good thing.

28 Sun Bright Hotel, New York City

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Sun Bright Hotel is anything but sunny and bright. This picture was found on the bathroom wall, posted there by a TripAdvisor reviewer who felt like the hotel was treating them like a chicken. Or something like that. Either way, Sun Bright Hotel probably does not want that particular review getting out, but we have posted it here to demonstrate that places are not always what they seem on the hotel website.

27 ML Lodge, Cardiff (UK)

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Of over 75 hotels ranked on TripAdvisor in Cardiff, ML Lodge barely ranks in the top 60. Cardiff is not a big city in the UK, so barely ranking in the top 60 hotels is not a good status to have. Many patrons consider the place haunted, as is evident by some of the pictures they have posted. Whatever the reason for the bad ranking, the good folks who run the ML Lodge probably do not appreciate the negative TripAdvisor press.

26 Pocono Plaza Inn, Stroudsburg, PA (USA)

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The Pocono Plaza Inn is rated #8 of 8 on TripAdvisor, and for good reason. It looks like a nice hotel on the outside and on the hotel website. But guests of the hotel have painted a totally different picture of what it is like to stay at this particular hotel. From peeling paint and musty sheets to bathtubs full of yellowish-brown water, the Pocono Plaza Inn is far from the sparkling Jacuzzi hotel that they make themselves out to be.

25 Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool (UK)

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Norbreck Castle Hotel is not exactly your fairy tale castle, despite what they try to make it out to be. The hotel has a lot of pictures available that show a beautiful hotel, both inside and out. However, one TripAdvisor user came away declaring that you needed to be 18 to see some of the pictures they had taken of the hotel. This one image shows peeling wall paper, so you wonder what else was wrong with the room....

24 Pavillon Opera Lafayette, Paris

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In a review titled "Horror," it becomes apparent that at the Pavillon Opera Lafayette hotel in Paris, the perception that you will be able to move around the bathroom is a little far-fetched. As is evident from the reality image on TripAdvisor, there is barely any room to sit on the toilet or wash your hands. No idea why the bathroom is so cramped, but maybe the French think that visitors to this supposedly "classy" hotel are very very small.

23 The French, Manchester (UK)

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The French Manchester is a restaurant that has been reviewed regularly on TripAdvisor. And usually it comes out okay in the rankings. Unfortunately, whomever took this picture did not come away with a positive impression of the restaurant. Is that a sausage? What is that? If you cannot tell what the picture is, it probably should not be eaten. Unless you are adventurous, in which case go for eating that weird sausage thing.

22 Poughkeepsie Inn, Poughkeepsie, NY

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Poughkeepsie Inn wants you to think they have a nice clean room for you to sleep in. And most rooms are probably pretty clean. But the perception versus reality demonstrates that some of the rooms at Poughkeepsie Inn could use some "updating" if you will. This image from TripAdvisor shows some kind of brownish red stain all over the mattress. No idea what that is, but leave it up to your imagination. Would you want to stay at this hotel? We know we wouldn't...

21 Princess Hostel, Amsterdam

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Have you ever wanted to sleep in the bathroom of a hostel? Most people would not relish that idea. But apparently, at the Princess Hostel in Amsterdam, that is a possibility. From the images that they want you to see, the sleeping quarters are separate from the, err, rest of the quarters. But in the TripAdvisor photo, it appears that the bathroom sink is right between the beds in this particular hostel. So, if you want to sleep in the washroom in Amsterdam, check out the Princess Hostel.

20 Crackpot Kitchen Restaurant Bar & Grill, Turks and Caicos

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Pizza is one of the greatest foods in the world, and it is pretty hard to mess it up. However, every now and again you get a pizza that just does not live up to the term "pizza." This particular example of "pizza" at Crackpot Kitchen Restaurant Bar & Grill in Turks and Caicos does not even look like pizza, and, according to the TripAdvisor user, is the worst pizza in the world.

19 Marco Polo Cruises

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Marco Polo Cruises may not be the most well-known name in ocean cruises, but they look like they should have a pretty good reputation. Their cruises are listed on a number of international cruise-booking websites, so one would expect that their cruises are nice, comfortable, and a good value. Unfortunately, at least one TripAdvisor user claims otherwise. Looking at the reality photo, there are not a lot of people having a good time on that particular Marco Polo cruise.

18 Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, Mexico

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Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa in Mexico wants you to visit their long, white, sandy beaches. And they probably actually have such a thing from time to time. But one TripAdvisor user happened on the resort during a time when there was a plethora of seaweed clogging up that beach. It looks like this beach vacation is not at all what was expected, and the visitors were probably pretty upset that they were unable to enjoy the "long, white, sandy beaches" that were advertised.

17 Tonopah Motel, Tonopah, NV (USA)

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The Tonopah Motel in Nevada may not be on the Las Vegas Strip, but it does paint a picture of a nice place to spend the night. Looking at their TripAdvisor pictures shows a nice clean bedroom with white sheets on a well-made bed. But take a look at the picture that a TripAdvisor user posted to the site. One can only imagine what that is all over the sheets and bedspread. We'd rather not know...

16 Oceanside Inn, Daytona Beach Shores, FL (USA)

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Daytona Beach, FL is a big Spring Break destination, so it is not too far-fetched to think that they have a lot of hotels there - good and bad. Oceanside Inn wants to be one of the good ones, and their pictures do paint a rosy picture of nice rooms with clean linens. Too bad for them a TripAdvisor user found bed bugs in their bed, which pretty much squashes any positive images a hotel tries to convey.

15 Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp, Pescadero, CA (USA)

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Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp in California is a place to go to relax and unwind after a stressful week. They have a nice pool, a nice lodge, a nice hot tub, etc. Only, the hot tub is really not all that nice. Sure, it can be nice and clean, with fresh sparkling blue water. But it also appears to have the possibility of being green and frothy. Do you want to take a chance?

14 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee - Brookfield, Brookfield, WI (USA)

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The pool is a favorite place for a lot of hotel patrons to visit. So, of course a hotel is going to want to advertise just how great their pool is, and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee - Brookfield is no different. Their pool images show a nice clean (and pretty fancy!) pool for guests. Yet, TripAdvisor users paint a different picture of what the pool really looks like. Be warned, traveler, the pool at a hotel is not what it may be presented.

13 Bullock Hotel, Deadwood, SD (USA)

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Made famous by the TV series, the Bullock Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota wants to maintain that air of the Wild West, which means they have an old but classy style to their rooms. Too bad that means you may feel a little creeped out by their rooms, which may or may not be haunted by the ghosts of an old west mining town. It looks like TripAdvisor has come through once again to show us what it is really like to stay in these rooms.

12 Hotel Santika Premiere, Tangerang (Indonesia)

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Even in Indonesia, you would expect that if the hotel is going to go through the trouble of advertising and put up nice pictures, that those pictures would actually represent what the rooms in the hotel are really like. However, if you take a look at the reality picture posted to TripAdvisor, then you will clearly see that the rooms at Hotel Santika Premiere are far from what is posted by the travel blog that did the review of the hotel.

11 Heathlands Hotel Bournemouth, Bournemouth (UK)

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Heathlands Hotel Bournemouth may not be hotel that the Queen of England will be staying at, but it does try to present an air of British quality to its guests and would-be guests. Too bad for them some of those guests have found that the wiring in the hotel is exposed to the point that they questioned the overall safety of the hotel. It looks like Heathlands Hotel Bournemouth needs to hire an electrician and do some work on the walls of their rooms.

10 Ship & Trades Restaurant, Chatham (UK)

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Ignoring the fact that the perception picture is a burger and the reality picture is a chicken sandwich, it seems that Ship & Trades Restaurant has a problem with the consistency of the food that comes out of the kitchen. The juicy burger that they want you to think you get is nothing like the dry slab of meat(?) that the TripAdvisor contributor ended up getting when they visited the restaurant in England.

9 Beverley Guest House, Yorkshire (UK)

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The Beverley Guest House is a quaint little B&B in Yorkshire, England. Like any good B&B, they have clean rooms, starched linens, and - slugs? Apparently, you will not be the only creatures sleeping in the rooms at the Beverley Guest House. One TripAdvisor patron posted a picture of a pretty large slug crawling across the white carpet on their particular stay at this B&B. Needless to say, they did not give this B&B a good review, understandably.

8 Baikal Hotel, Moscow

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Well, hello there little guy. Will you be the mouse in my room at the Baikal Hotel in Moscow? Okay, it is doubtful that every room at the Baikal Hotel comes with its own little mouse, but considering Moscow is not generally considered a low-class city and the Baikal Hotel is a pretty nice place to spend the night, the fact that a TripAdvisor user found a mouse perched on the bed is quite interesting.

7 Michael Patrick's Brasserie, Atlantic City, NJ

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Michael Patrick's Brasserie is a restaurant in a casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Now, usually the restaurants in Atlantic City casinos are pretty top notch. And that is the impression that Michael Patrick's Brasserie tries to paint of itself. Having hosted wing eating and burger contests, one would think that it is a nice place to eat. But TripAdvisor photos prove otherwise. The food is not as polished, looking as the fancy pictures from the restaurant, and looks wholly unappealing.

6 The Ship Inn, Mevagissey (UK)

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Who loves a good burger? Just about everyone. But at The Ship Inn in Mevagissey, the burger that you expect to get may not actually be the burger that you end up getting. Take a good look at the image that the restaurant posted to TripAdvisor. Looks good, eh? Now, take a look at the picture posted by a patron of The Ship Inn, also to TripAdvisor. That is a burger? It looks like another example of where reality does not live up to the expectation.

5 Ume Restaurant, Claygate (UK)

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Ume Restaurant in Claygate, England looks to serve delightful Asian cuisine. However, sometimes they fall a little short with what they end up serving. When you go to an Asian restaurant, you want food that is not only appealing to look at, but also tastes good. Unfortunately for this particular TripAdvisor user who patronized the Ume Restaurant, the final product did not live up to expectations. This particular restaurant may want to reevaluate how they describe their food.

4 Masala Zone Covent Garden, London

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Masala Zone Covent Garden touts itself as the best Indian restaurant in London, and it certainly looks like a fine dining establishment. Based on the restaurant's pictures, it looks fancy with nicely appropriated walls and tables and such. Too bad for them a TripAdvisor user managed to find a dead mouse curled up on the back of their booth. Finding a mouse scurrying across the floor is one thing. Finding a dead mouse at your table is a whole different kind of upsetting.

3 La Quinta Inn & Suites Charleston Riverview, Charleston, SC (USA)

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La Quinta is a large chain of hotels that prides itself on consistency between locations. So, if you go to the La Quinta Inn & Suites Charleston Riverview in Charleston, South Carolina, you would expect it to be the same as any other La Quinta around the world. Does that mean you can expect to find a giant cockroach in each room? One TripAdvisor user found this big bug in their room, and decided to share it with the world.

2 Crowne Plaza Paris Republique, Paris

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The Crowne Plaza Paris Republique in Paris is just like any other Parisian luxury hotel. The rooms are clean and painted, and the beds are quite comfortable. Or so they would have you think. A TripAdvisor user happened to snap this picture of a rat somewhere on the hotel grounds. True, it is not in the room, but it really does not take much for a rat to get into your room and snuggle up with you.

1 Mabrouk, Sardinia (Italy)

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There is a restaurant called Mabrouk in Sardinia, and it serves really good fish. Well, that is the perception that they deliver. Just look at that beautiful dish that one patron posted on their blog. But wait, take a look at the picture posted to TripAdvisor. There is quite a difference in what was served to these patrons. TripAdvisor comes through, once more, to demonstrate that just because you think it will look (or taste) good, it just might be the most disgusting thing you've ever eaten.

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