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Hotel Star System

Could someone explain the details of the hotel star system in Italy. I found an explanation of them once, but can't seem to find in again. I know it is somewhat different than other European countries. I know that the number of stars explains what facilities and amenities a hotel has (a/c, desk open 24 hrs., showers/baths, etc.). I have heard that either the government or Italian tourism sets these, but I can't find the regs on the net. Thanks in advance.


Posted by
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I don't have the exact qualifications for the stars. I do know that the stars are based on the number of amenities that the hotel offers, not the quality of them. Sometimes a 2-star hotel can be nicer than a 3-star, it just doesn't have the as many extras or maybe there isn't 24-hour reception. I also heard that once the rating is given it stays that way and there are no follo-up visits in years to come. This is why Rick Steves and Tripadvisor have become so popular - you need someone that has been there to tell you the good & the bad!

Posted by
3580 posts

Some perfectly acceptable hotels are "no star." One thing is usually consistent: more stars means more money. Look for reviews of hotels you are considering; you will probably get the needed info that way. The main travel books that come out annually, including Rick Steves' books, are mostly good at describing hotels.

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I agree with the above poster--read guidebooks and online reviews and then make your decision. I think I read in a recent Travel & Leisure article that some hotels in Italy go for a lower star rating than they might otherwise qualify for in order to avoid higher taxes.

Posted by
22601 posts

Michael -- is there a particular reason for asking the question? The star system is a little flexible especially on the seam. During about 300 days of travel we have stay in only one four star and everything else was 2 or 3. We have always found the 2 and 3 to be more than adequate FOR US.