Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hotel Star Ratings

I don't know about you, but I have often wondered what makes a hotel a four star vs. five star. I found a wonderful explanation on the website, this is not a sponsored post, but I do use the site for booking most of my hotel stays. It is great that after 10 stays you get to enjoy a free night at a place of your choice!

I personally stay in mostly 4 star with some 5 star if I can find a good deal. The difference is pretty big however and worth the splurge! I watched a wonderful documentary on Amazon titled The Shelbourne  about a 5 star hotel in Dublin, Ireland. It is a fascinating look at what a five star hotel does for it's customers, the way they go above and beyond in the best customer service.

I know many people say they don't care about a hotel room, they are not in it that often, but I think it is an important part of my vacation. I love a nice hotel, I love good service, a place where you feel safe and a stay that is relaxing from being at home. My perfect hotel includes a location that I can walk everywhere and explore a city all on my own. As much as I love a hotel stay, I am always very glad to walk in my house after being away a few days.

Star Ratings Explained 

Five Star

These are hotels that offer only the highest level of accommodations and services. The properties offer a high degree of personal service. Although most five star hotels are large properties, sometimes the small independent (non-chain) property offers an elegant intimacy that can not be achieved in the larger setting. The hotel locations can vary from the very exclusive locations of a suburban area, to the heart of downtown. The hotel lobbies are sumptuous, the rooms complete with stylish furnishing and quality linens. The amenities often include: VCR′s, CD stereos, garden tubs or Jacuzzis, in-room video library, heated pools and more. The hotels feature up to three restaurants all with exquisite menus. Room service is usually available 24 hours a day. Fitness Centers and valet and/or garage parking are typically available. A concierge is also available to assist you.

Typical National Chains: Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons.

Four Star

Mostly large, formal hotels with smart reception areas, front desk service and bellhop service. The hotels are most often located near other hotels of the same caliber and are usually found near shopping, dining and other major attractions. The level of service is well above average and the rooms are well lit and well furnished. Restaurant dining is usually available and may include more than one choice. Some properties will offer continental breakfast and/or happy hour delicacies. Room service is usually available during most hours. Valet parking and/or garage service is also usually available. Concierge services, fitness centers and one or more pools are often provided.

Typical National Chains: Hyatt, Marriott.

Three Star

Typically these hotels offer more spacious accommodations that include well appointed rooms and decorated lobbies. Bellhop service is usually not available. They are often located near major expressways or business areas, convenient to shopping and moderate to high priced attractions. The hotels usually feature medium-sized restaurants that typically offer service breakfast through dinner. Room service availability may vary. Valet parking, fitness centers and pools are often provided.

Typical National Chains: Holiday Inn, Hilton.

Two Star

Typically smaller hotels managed by the proprietor. The hotel is often 2 - 4 stories high and usually has a more personal atmosphere. It′s usually located near affordable attractions, major intersections and convenient to public transportation. Furnishings and facilities are clean but basic. Most will not have a restaurant on site but are usually within walking distance to some good low-priced dining. Public access, past certain hours, may be restricted.

Typical National Chains: Days Inn, LaQuinta Inn.

One Star

Usually denotes independent and name brand hotel chains with a reputation for offering consistent quality amenities. The hotel is usually small to medium-sized and conveniently located to moderately priced attractions. The facilities typically include telephones and TV′s in the bedroom. Some hotels offer limited restaurant service; however, room service and bellhop service is usually not provided.

Typical National Chains: Econolodge, Motel 6.

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