Making Sense of Hotel Ratings

In the U.S., Mobil Travel Guides and the American Automobile Association conduct regular inspections and issue annual guidebooks listing accommodations on one- to five-star or diamond scales. Those ratings reflect specific written standards regarding facilities and services.

Ratings of hotels in other countries, if they exist, come from a variety of sources, including the government, tourism groups, sometimes even the operators themselves. And while affiliation with an international b

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