British Hotel Ratings

Hotel ratings can be confusing, what’s the difference between a five star hotel and three AA rosettes and does a Cesar award mean anything? Here are a few pointers as to judging the quality of a hotel based upon the ratings and awards of a number of organisations.

Tourist Board Ratings – At present these may be seen as the “official” ratings for hotels in the UK. Ratings are issued by the official tourist boards of England, Scotland and Wales respectively. Hotels are rated on a star scale of one to five, with one star representing the most basic level while five stars represent the top end of the market.

AA Star Ratings – The AA publishes various hotel guides and as part of the services the AA also has an independent rating scheme in which the organisation awards good hotels a number of stars from one at the most basic end of the scale to five at the top end. Standards have been agreed with the relevant tourist authorities in the UK such as Visit Britain. In addition, AA guides also contain a rosette rating similar to that of the star rating, this however referees to the quality of restaurants and eating establishments as opposed to that of the accommodation.

Michelin Ratings – The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland uses a “comfort rating” based upon a five point system with quite comfortable representing the lowest grade to luxury representing the top five star grade.

Cesar Award – The Good Hotel Guide does not operate an independent rating system however, each year the guide awards the “Cesar Award” to the top 10 hotels in the guide, one for each of the key categories.

As such, these are probably the four most important rating to look out for when trying to judge the quality of a hotel from ratings alone. It is however, worth noting that recently the Department for Culture, Media and Sport withdrew its official support for tourist board ratings, stating that online reader written resources offer greater value.

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