How to classify Hotels

We use to classify hotels according to their quality this is Hotel ratings.

There is a wide variety of rating schemes used by different organisations around the world. Many have a system involving stars, with a greater number of stars indicating greater luxury.

Forbes Travel Guide launched its star rating system in 1958.


The AAA and their affiliated bodies use diamonds instead of stars to express hotel and restaurant ratings levels.


Entertainment, room variations such as size and additional amenities, SPA and sports centres, food service and quality, location, view and ease of access and location may be considered in establishing a standard.

this system is considered disadvantageous to smaller hotels whose quality of accommodation could fall into one class but the lack of an item such as a Gym or an elevator would prevent it from reaching a higher categorization.

It has been suggested that the lack of a unified global system for rating hotels may also undermine the usability of such schemes because recently hotel rating systems have also been criticised by some who argue that the rating criteria for such systems are overly complex and difficult for laypersons to understand.

World hotel rating

There is so far no international classification which has been adopted. There have been attempts at unifying the classification system so that it becomes an internationally recognized and reliable standard, but they have all failed.

Hotel classifications by country:

The European Hotel-stars Union

\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar \mathbf S  Superior Luxury (The Superior Luxury star is only awarded with a system of intensive guest care).

\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar Luxury 

\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar \mathbf S First Class Superior (The superior hotels provide for additional facilities in the hotel like a sauna or a workout room. The quality is checked regularly by mystery guest of an external inspection service).

\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar First Class 

\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar \mathbf S Superior Comfort (The Superior flag is provided when the additional service and accommodation provisions are not sufficient for the next Hotel-star).

\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar Comfort 

\bigstar\bigstar \mathbf S Superior Standard (The Standard-Superior does usually offer the same service level as three-star hotels but the interiors of the hotel are smaller and cheaper so that the three stars were not to be awarded by the inspection body).

\bigstar\bigstar Standard

\bigstar \mathbf S Superior Tourist

\bigstar  Tourist 

Superior Luxury hotel

Superior Luxury Hotel


\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar This category will display excellent design quality and attention to detail.

\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar Hotels which achieve a deluxe guest experience.

\bigstar\bigstar\bigstar Good quality service.

\bigstar\bigstar Hotels that focus on the needs of price-conscious travellers.

\bigstar   Guests may access fee-based services or facilities upon request.

halfstar Half-star ratings indicate modest improvements in the quality and condition of guest facilities.

luxury 5-star Hotel

Luxury 5-star Hotel

Some hotels have been advertised as six or Seven Star Hotels.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan was opened in 2007 and it claims to have a seven-star certificate from SGS Italy 2008.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Milano

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Milano, Italy

Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) in Dubai is the most iconic building, featuring the world’s tallest atrium (180 meters = 590 ft), residing on its own man-made island and resembling the billowing sail of a dhow.


Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs)

Don’t forget:

The First World Hotel & Plaza

is a three-star hotel in Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.

Featuring a total of 7,351 rooms, it has set the Guinness World Record for Largest Hotel in the World (by number of rooms). The hotel has received 35.5 million guests since 2006.

Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.

Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.

…and The LEGO Hotel

In Sanya, China, the LEGO Hotel (7-star bloc) that resembles the famous toy bricks and boasts a record 6,668 hotel rooms. Sitting in a haven of rivers and mountains, the 500-acre complex it still manages to fit in a shopping plaza, street of bars and theatre.

Sanya 7 star hotel

LEGO Hotel 7-star, Sanya, China

More information here:

100 of the best hotels in the world

100 of the best hotels in the world


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