Stars and Hotels. Classification

What is a hotel or a hotel even today know the first-graders. But what they are, how they differ, why some of them bear the proud title of "deluxe", and others only 5 *, and also the features of classification of hotels in different countries - you can find out below!

To date, there are more than 30 different classifications of hotels in the world, and in each country - with their own national characteristics. They are united by several criteria, which judge the level of comfort throughout the world:

Classes of hotels

Recently more and more countries are adjacent to the usual star classification of hotels - it is really convenient, it is known and understood all over the world. And with those countries where they still use the usual ways of designating the level of service at the hotel, and travel agents, tour operators, online booking sites, and even the hotels themselves act wisely: they assign stars that are identical to the level of comfort.

Where do they use "stars"? It's easier to say where this is not done. At least, practically the whole of Europe, a lot of countries of LA, Southeast Asia and even Australia and Oceania use it. Namely: France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Egypt, China, Brazil, Russia and so on. Let us consider in more detail:

The German classification also divides hotels into 5 stars: a tourist class - 1 *; Standard class - 2 *; Comfortable - 3 *; First class - 4 * and luxury category - 5 *.

In Greece, the alphabetic system (A-B-C-D) is used, according to which all hotels are divided into five categories. Higher - De luxe (corresponds to 5 *), hotels of category A - four-star level, B - three stars, C - "kopeck piece", D - economical 1 *. Recently, along with the letters on the facades of the hotel you can see the familiar stars.

In the UK, where "crowns" and "keys" were used not so long ago, now they have also switched to "stars". The Association of British travel agencies distributes them as follows: budget hotels (1 *) are located in the central part of the city and have a minimum of amenities; Hotels of tourist class (2 *) have a restaurant and bar; Hotels of middle class (3 *), the level of service is quite high; First class hotel (4 *), very high quality of accommodation and excellent level of service; Hotels of the highest category (5 *), the level of service and lodging luxury.

In Canada and the US there is no single classification of hotels, and the approximate level of the hotel is indicated by letters. So, for example, T (Tourist Class) - economical and budget hotels and motels, an establishment of the level of one or two "stars". Moderate First Class (M) - analogue of "tree". F (First Class) - usual "three-stars" and 3 * +. S (Superior) - the average hotels of four "stars", and D (Superior Deluxe and Deluxe) - deserved five "stars".

Hotel chains

As a rule, 4-5 * chain hotels are distinguished by high-quality service and carefully monitor the quality of their services; Especially for chains like "Hilton", "Sheraton" or "Hayat". Therefore, it is not surprising that once stopped in one of the "Hilton", tourists in the future choose hotels only this network. However, it is worth bearing in mind that beach and city hotels of even one brand, can differ greatly in quality. Unfortunately, Meridien in Hurghada and Meridien in Paris are two big differences. As for the network "three", and sometimes "fours" - then you have to be careful. Not all city hotels 3 * (even network) can boast a large area of ​​the rooms or some special choice of services.