Classification of hotels
1* — standard double room should be about 8-10 m2. The room should have a wardrobe or a rack, chairs, a wash basin, a mirror, two towels for each guest. Daily cleaning, bedclothes should be changed every 7-8 days, towels – every 3-4 days. Each floor should have at least two bathrooms, and each 5 rooms – at least one WC.
2* — the same as hotels 1*, but bedclothes are changed every 6 days. WC and bathroom are usually inside the room. The hotel should also have a restaurant of a café and there should be a choice of meals.
3* — from category 3* and up each room must have a WC and a bathroom, a dressing table, a luggage stand, a radio etc. Most 3-stars hotel rooms, except for the very cheapest, have TV and A/C. The floor is usually tiled. Bedclothes are changed 2 times a week. Towels are changed daily. Only soap will be given as bathroom accessories. In some hotels
4* — all that 3* hotels have plus: as a rule, a mini-bar, an individual air conditioner, telephone, safe deposit-box, hair dryer, shampoo, bath gel in every suite (usually given in the check in day). Daily change of bed linen and towels. Offering services such as washing, ironing, and cleaning clothes (minimal period of order is 24 hours). Price-list is available at the reception. Breakfast menu is brought to the room. The hotel territory has a beauty salon, sports and fitness centre, car rent, TV salon, music salon, game hall and conference hall, restaurant, sauna, swimming pool etc. The room area is usually at least 13 m2.
5* — the same as 4*, but on a higher quality level. Besides, sometimes there is a second bathroom unit and a telephone in the bathroom. Rooms are at least 16 m2.
4-5* hotels include suites (apartments), several lifts, all kinds of additional services such as laundry, dry cleaning, bringing breakfast and late supper to the room, currency exchange, taxi call, sale of newspapers, souvenirs etc.
Alternative classification of hotels:
Some countries use alternative classifications of hotels.
For instance, in Turkey you can stay at Holiday Villages which are divided to:
5*HV — First class holiday village with accommodation in bungalows. It corresponds to 5-star hotel differing from it with a good animation, large green territory, while the rooms are smaller.
4*HV — Holiday village of a lower class.
In some places in Greece hotels are still marked with Latin letters:
De Luxe corresponds to 5* hotels
А — to 4-4+* hotels
В — to 3-3+* hotels
С — to 2* hotels
D — to 1* hotels
Presently Greece began the transition to the standard classification of hotels.
Distance from the sea (beach):
Hotels also differ according to the following standard:
1st coastline — hotels right on the seashore;
2nd coastline — hotels with a road or a promenade between their area and the beach.
City Hotel — hotel located in a resort city but at a larger distance from the seashore (beach). Tourists usually get to the beach on foot or by bus.