View Full Version : Star Ratings for Hotels: Are They Self-Administered
04-20-2004, 10:13 AM
My friend is going to Recife, Brazil. I've been there and told him where to stay. But he already booked a room at a 4-Star Hotel. So I got to thinking. Who determines the star rating for hotels? Is there an international organization, or is it country-specific? Even worse, are the ratings just self-administered?
04-20-2004, 11:00 AM
In Europe, I was under the impression that Michelin did hotel ratings.
In the US, I know that the AAA hands out ratings, although they aren't always stars, sometimes they give "2 Diamond" ratings.
04-20-2004, 11:09 AM
Many of the 1-5 star ratings are handed out by Zagat's, an organization that puts out a guide to restaurants and hotels.
04-20-2004, 11:10 AM
It definitely varies from country to country. In France you only have 1 to 4 stars but in other countries you see 5 star hotels.
04-20-2004, 11:14 AM
Here's an article I ran across called Making Sense of Hotel Ratings (http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m0CXQ/2002_June_1/88701090/p1/article.jhtml).
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