Surely more than once you have asked yourself, why does this hotel have 3 stars and not 4?
How do you know how many stars this accommodation deserves?
Well, I am going to solve these and other questions related to the category of hotels for you from IHCS Hotels Consulting. You know that we are always at your service to advise you in this fascinating world of hospitality, where each star tells a story of comfort, services and quality.
In this journey through hotel requirements I’ll show you the different categories that define the accommodation experience, from modest one-star hotels to luxurious five-star establishments.
Join us as we unravel the dimensions and services that shape hotel classification, creating unique environments to meet the needs and expectations of travellers. Discover with us the standards that set the tone for an unforgettable stay!
To obtain a one-star rating, a hotel must ensure that its single rooms are at least 7 square metres, while double rooms must be a minimum of 12 square metres.
As for the bathroom, at least 3.5 square metres are required, which can include both a bathtub and a shower.
In addition, the hotel must have a lift and heating in all rooms among its basic services.
Hotels aiming for two stars must expand the size of double rooms and offer additional services. Double rooms must be at least 14 square metres, while maintaining the same requirements for single rooms and bathrooms (7 square metres and 3.5 square metres, respectively, with bathtub or shower).
In addition to the lift and heating, a telephone in the room and a safe box for travellers must be provided.
Upgrading to 3-star status involves increasing the size of the rooms and bathroom, as well as improving the amenities in the common areas. Single rooms must be larger than 8 square metres, double rooms must be at least 15 square metres, and bathrooms must be at least 4 square metres, with bathtub or shower.
To obtain this certification, the hotel must have a bar for guests, air conditioning in the common areas and meet the requirements of the previous categories: lift, heating, telephone and safe.
This category is awarded after meeting specific requirements in terms of room size and additional services. The size of single rooms is increased to a minimum of 9 square metres, double rooms to a minimum of 16 square metres and bathrooms with bathtub and shower to an area of more than 4.5 square metres.
In addition to the standard amenities, in-room minibar, air conditioning, telephone, safe, lifts and bars are offered for the enjoyment and relaxation of the guests.
5 star hotels
The highest rating in Spain is for 5-star hotels, which represents an exceptional level of service. Single rooms must be at least 10 square metres, double rooms must be no smaller than 17 square metres and bathrooms, which must include a shower and bathtub, must be larger than 5 square metres.
In addition to offering 4-star hotel services, it stands out for the superior size of the rooms and bathrooms, providing guests with a luxury accommodation experience.
Among these luxuries are services such as swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, sports courts such as tennis courts and other facilities that you can find, offering extra comfort in the same place. Some of these hotels even have a casino.
6 and 7 star hotels?
Many of you are wondering if there are 6 and 7 star hotels. Well, in the standard European and American classifications, the maximum level of luxury of a hotel is 5 stars.
However, in other local classifications, such as in some Asian countries, you can find hotels with 6 and 7 stars.
Remember that each country may have its own variations. Mexico, for example, has a higher category than 5 stars, the GL or Grand Luxury category, which includes hotels that offer elegant rooms and suites, spa facilities, fine dining restaurants, personalised services and exclusive details to ensure a unique experience for their guests. In this link I show you the 20 best Grand Luxury hotels in Mexico.
I hope this tour through the different categories has helped you to understand the difference between the different categories.
So keep in mind, when buying a hotel, don’t be dazzled only by its number of stars and let yourself be advised by experts in the field to get a favourable negotiation.