What do hotel stars mean

What do hotel stars mean What do hotel stars mean What do hotel stars mean What do hotel stars mean

If you have traveled before - or simply stayed in a hotel - you are certainly familiar with hotel stars. They are an indication of how prestigious a hotel is - and what you can, to a large extent, expect with a stay at the hotel.

However, it can often be a jungle to find the right hotel, as you suddenly feel like you are drowning in hotels that are 3, 4, and 5 stars. And what exactly is the difference?

We would like to shed some light on the difference so that you can find your way around the big jungle more easily.

Hotel stars fluctuate - they fluctuate a lot

Although it seems obvious, not all hotels in the world follow the same criteria for when the hotel has X number of stars. Some hotels follow different rules than others - and therefore there can be a big difference between a 3-star hotel in one country and a 3-star hotel in another country.

This is simply because not all hotels belong to the same union. In addition, of course, it is also due to the fact that it is an industry that still resembles the Wild West - even if it can sometimes seem silly in overall modern society.

Start planning well in advance

Hotelstars Union is a standard for many hotels in the EU. Hotels belonging to the Hotelstars Union assign their hotel stars based on criteria set by the Hotelstars Union. This means that everyone competes on equal terms and can stick X number of stars on the hotel depending on the facilities.

Where else can we move from modern minimalism? Probably just back to the styles of yesteryear. Inspiration for an unusually conceived interior can also be found in such an ornate period as the Baroque in Muse hotel in Tokyo, Japan

The following countries are members of the Hotelstars Union:

▪ Austria

▪ Belgium

▪ The Czech Republic

▪ Denmark

▪ Estonia

▪ Germany

▪ Greece

▪ Hungary

▪ Lithuania

▪ Liechtenstein

▪ Latvia

▪ Luxembourg

▪ Malta

▪ The Netherlands

▪ Slovenia

▪ Sweden

At hotels in these countries, you, therefore, have the opportunity to look for the Hotelstars Union stars to get a clear indication of what the hotel's facilities are like.

This means the stars

Luxurious bathroom in light colors with golden furniture details and a canopy. Elegant classic interior of Nobu Hotel in London

As I said, it is the Hotelstars Union that decides when a hotel can market with X number of stars. Below you can see what the minimum requirements are for the individual stars.

Imperial Suite, Ritz Paris
This is ... a copy of the bedroom of Marie Antoinette in the Palace of Versailles. Visitors will feel like they are traveling back in time and discover the era of Louis XV himself. Pleasure costs only 3500 € for 1 night

1 star

  • 100% of the rooms in the hotel have a shower/bathtub and toilet
  • The rooms have daily cleaning
  • 100% of rooms have TV with remote control
  • Table and chair in rooms
  • Soap or body shampoo at the sink
  • Bath towels
  • Reception service
  • Publicly available phone
  • Extended breakfast
  • Possibility of drinks at the hotel
  • Possibility of storing valuables

Allowing yourself a moment of relaxation in the center of Paris, France is already a luxury. But doing it at the spa of Ritz Hotel definitely adds an extra dimension

2 stars

  • Breakfast buffet
  • Bed/reading lamp by the bed
  • Internet connection in rooms or in public areas
  • Payment by card
  • Soap or body shampoo when showering/bathtubing
  • Shelves for wardrobe
  • Selection of toiletries available (for example, it can be a toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving equipment, etc.)

Inspired by the splendours of the Palace of Versailles, the Imperial Suite at the Ritz Paris fully symbolizes the grandeur of Paris

3 stars

  • The reception desk must be manned 14 hours, available 24 hours in case of internal and external calls and be bilingual
  • Seats at the reception and luggage service on request
  • Drinks are offered in the room
  • Hairdryer and facial tissues in the room
  • Full-length mirror and sufficient stowage space for luggage
  • Sewing kit, shoe shine kit, laundry and ironing service
  • Extra pillow and duvet on request
  • Systematic complaint handling system

Snow-white Rolls-Royce delivers tourists to the hotel Burj-Al Arab on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4 stars

  • The reception must be manned for 16 hours and available for 24 hours in case of internal and external calls
  • Lobby with seating and serving - aka - hotel bar
  • Breakfast buffet or similar menu card
  • Minibar or 16-hour beverage service via room service
  • Upholstered chair/sofa with side table/tray
  • Bathrobe and slippers on request
  • Cosmetic products (e.g. nail file, cotton pads, body lotion etc.), cosmetic mirror, shelves for toiletries and heated bathroom

Suite with Central Park view in Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Manhattan in New York City

5 stars

  • 24-hour reception and multilingual staff
  • Valet parking service
  • Concierge, bellhop
  • Spacious reception area with several seats and serving drinks
  • Minibar and food and drink via room service (around the clock)
  • Personal care products in bottles
  • Internet device (e.g. PC or tablet) in the room on request
  • Safe in the room
  • Ironing service (return within 1 hour) and shoe shine service
  • Uncovering rooms in the evening (turn down service)
  • Mystery guesting


Private ocean villa on Kuramathi hotel-resort on Rasdhoo Atoll, Maldives



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