Your say: Should there be a universal hotel rating system? 5

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For those of us who travel, one of those most disappointing things on your holiday can be when you check into a hotel and it is nothing like the pictures. It was a 5 star hotel! But then you check more closely and it appears that the hotel actually self-rated and it is not, in fact, what most people would consider 5 stars.

Many in the travel industry have discussed the plausibility of a universal hotel rating system. Author Chris Elliot said, “You can’t really compare a three-star hotel in the US to a three-star hotel in Europe. In some countries, official star ratings can be a reliable guide to a hotel’s amenities, but most ratings systems are poorly or completely unregulated, rending them almost completely worthless”.

So, tell us, do you think a universal rating system would be helpful for the international traveller? Or could poorer countries suffer because they could never fit the standards of the Western world? Is the star system outdated?

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  1. I never booked go with the flow hostels in most places are good but do vary, get there early afternoon never late at night

  2. It might help but people’s experiences can vary greatly. I often used to stay at a 4 star hotel in Melbourne when working that had great rooms but one trip got a weird little room that was created in an out of the way corner. In the UK we came across the ‘annex’ at two 3 star places we stayed. Pokey little rooms in prefab type buildings at the back of car parks despite the great hotel reviews. Rude staff, broken fittings, noisy neighbours. Reviews in Trip Advisor and the like tend to be written by those who have had horrid experiences or fantastic ones not the majority of happy customers so can be deceptive

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