Have you ever wondered how different hotels get rated? Hotel ratings such as a 5-star (or diamond) can have totally different meanings across organizations, individuals and geographical locations. For our purposes today, we’ll focus on ratings in the U.S., but European hotels have a whole bunch of interesting ratings that can be found in this article.
Nationally Trusted Sources:
In the U.S., ratings by Forbes Travel Guide or AAA provide either stars or diamonds based on a plethora of criteria including:
- Location proximity to scenery, history and other nearby activities.
- Amenities including room service, fine linens and roomier accommodations.
- Accessibility, hospitality, cleanliness and many other factors.
Forbes is reported to base its ratings on over 500 criteria! In fact, if a hotel rating is provided by either Forbes or AAA, there is a high probability than an anonymous and unbiased rater employed by the travel guide has actually visited and stayed at the hotel in question as a guest.
Online Booking and Review Sites:
Outside of Forbes and AAA, there are a variety of online booking portals such as TripAdvisor.com Priceline.com, Hotels.com, and Hotwire.com, for example. These portals offer ratings and reviews posted by guests that have stayed in the recent past. These reviews and star ratings can provide you with a variety of first-hand experiences from people of all walks of life and give you a well-rounded summary of what your experience with that hotel or resort may be like.
How do you know which travel guides’ ratings to use in your quest for the best hotel experience? If you want luxury accommodations with the best amenities possible, use Forbes or AAA’s rating system as a starting point. Once you’ve established a couple of options, we’d recommend checking out the online review portals to get a variety of first hand experiences as well as the best accommodations for your budget.
Grandover is celebrating its 15th year being honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award. For more details on this rating, please view our profile on the AAA website. Visit our web page for more information about our Greensboro, NC hotel.