For a novice, looking at the number of stars a hotel acquire will be a good way to determine the quality of the hotel. Hotels will more stars are considered more luxurious than others, therefore, if you are looking for a luxury hotel for your next vacation, this article is for you.

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About Hotel Star Ratings

Hotel star ratings constitute a system of ranking quality, to help consumers evaluate a hotel’s amenities, luxury and overall hospitality. Such systems typically rate hotels on a five-star scale, with five indicating the best, and one (or zero) representing the worst. Five-star hotels, while usually expensive, offer sophisticate architecture and decor, excellent restaurants and lavishly sized rooms. As star rankings fall, room sizes, prices and amenities decrease.

The Rating Process

Hotels are given star ratings by independent groups such as the AAA, or travel websites like Travelocity, Orbitz and Hotwire. These groups send hotel reviewers to stay at the establishment to gauge the quality of services offered. Basic facts about the hotels, such as room sizes, bed sizes, pool size and restaurant quality and Internet access can also determine star ratings. Each organization has its own criteria for attributing a star rating. In foreign countries, hotels may be rated by government agencies or independent companies, and can vary significantly.

Star Rating Considerations

Star ratings serve as a general guideline, but shouldn’t function as the sole determinant of deciding on a hotel. The location of the hotel, while vital to some visitors, might not factored in the star rating. A nice hotel in an inconvenient location can cause more headaches than a mediocre hotel right next to a bus line, train station or major attraction. Star ratings prove most useful in identifying very poor and very luxurious hotels. A five star-rated hotel will almost certainly have fabulous amenities, while a one-star hotel is almost guaranteed to be a dive with little more than a couple of beds to sleep on.

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Gregory Hamel has been a writer since September 2008 and has also authored three novels. He has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from St. Olaf College. Hamel maintains a blog focused on massive open online courses and computer programming.

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