What are stars in hotels viz. 3 star, 5 star hotels?

What are stars in hotels viz. 3 star, 5 star hotels?

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Nowadays, the objective of hotel ratings is quite outdated. Users themselves are rating the hotels depending on their experience, such as in Google and various hotel booking websites.
There are many misconceptions regarding hotel ratings. There is no standard system of ratings across the world. It differs from country to country.
For example, in India, Ministry of Tourism has formulated a voluntary scheme for classification of operational hotels which will be applicable to the following categories [1]:
Star Category Hotels: 5 Star Deluxe, 5 Star, 4 Star, 3 Star, 2 Star & 1 Star. The basic parameters on which the officials grant the star ratings are number of rooms, size of bathrooms, air-conditioning details for guest rooms, public areas, details of public areas like lobby/lounge; restaurants; bar; shopping; banquet/conference halls; business center; health club; swimming pool; parking facilities (no. of vehicles), facilities for the differently abled guests, details of Fire Fighting Measures/ Hydrants, security-related features etc
To be determined by the Ministry, Hotels in India are classified by Hotel and Restaurant Association Classification Committee (HRACC). But, in HRACC, there are hardly any hotels, and only those popular hotels such as Taj were registered. That’s the official procedure, however getting the star accreditations being the voluntary procedure, hoteliers often self-proclaim their star ratings.
So, there is no standard system of ratings in India or at least, there is no point in knowing about these ratings for a common man.
In UK, their Department of Tourism rates hotels between 1 and 5:
1 star: 1 Has limited facilities and services. Appeals to “budget minded” tourists.
2 star: Appeals to tourists looking for more than basic accommodation. Has expanded facilities and “higher level” of comfort.
3 star: Accommodation is deemed “very good”. More spacious public areas and higher quality facilities and a greater variety of services.
4 star: “Up-scale in all areas” and accommodation is “refined and stylish”. Service is deemed responsive, and has an extensive array of facilities.
5 star: Reflects characteristics of “luxury and sophistication”. Facilities are deemed “world class in every manner” and services are deemed meticulous and “exceeding all guests’ expectations”.

These ratings differ from country to country and their operational system too.

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20140625072003/http://tourism.gov.in/TourismDivision/AboutDivision.aspx?Name=Hotels%20and%20Restaurants# ↩︎

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