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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Deciphering Italian Hotel Ratings

Any frequent visitor to Italy knows that the star ratings for Italian hotels can be a bit sketchy. A hotel billing itself as a 5-star might resemble a decent 3-star, a 2-star may turn out to be more exceptional than the 4-star next door. A feature in the September issue of Conde Nast Traveler explored how various countries allocate stars to lodgings, saying about Italy:

Italian hotels are evaluated by regional boards, and standards vary from region to region. In its online accommodations guide, the Italian tourism board aways from one to five stars. The top two categories are five-star and five-star deluxe. Unfortunately, the criteria by which properties are judged are not specified.

The magazine goes on to recommend Michelin Red Guide to Italy as a good resource for rating properties.

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