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What is a 5-Star Hotel?

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Five-star hotels are properties that offer their guests the highest levels of luxury through personalized services, a vast range of amenities, and sophisticated accommodations. Though there is no standard rating system for hotels, properties earn five-star distinction by providing guests experiences that meet or exceed even the highest of expectations for comfort, décor, and luxury.

5 Star Hotel Criteria

Though a luxury hotel may share many five-star hotel characteristics, a true five-star hotel should satisfy all these criteria:

5-Star Service

Five-star hotel employees should be polite, attentive, discreet, and can anticipate guests’ needs. All in all, consistently flawless excellence is the expectation.

  • Standalone concierge staff available at least 16 hours a day

  • A high staff-to-room ratio—ideally above 2.5

  • Multilingual staff

  • 24-hour reception, room service, valet parking, butler, doorman

  • Nightly turndown

  • Daily housekeeping is also available upon request at any time

  • Laundry, ironing, dry cleaning, and shoe polishing

  • Guest elevators separate from staff elevators.

  • Luggage storage in which bags are out of guest view

  • Fine dining restaurant(s) and a standalone lounge and/or bar

  • Transfers and executive or house car

  • Childcare

5-Star In-Room Amenities

  • Electric safe

  • Laundry bags

  • Full-length mirror with lighting

  • Flat-screen TV with international programming

  • Stocked mini-bar

  • Selection of daily newspapers

  • Wifi

  • Specialty night lighting

  • At least four types of spa treatments

  • Outlets for personal electronics, especially for USB plugs

5-Star Comfort

  • Guest rooms must be plush and inviting—especially the bed. (Ideally, there is a memory foam bed with high thread count sheets)

  • Pillow menu

  • Blackout shades

  • Bathrobes, slippers, luxury toiletries, and large fluffy towels

  • Night lighting in walking areas and bathrooms

  • Poolside daybeds, umbrellas, lotions, ice water, attendants, and food and beverage service

As more hotels aspire to five-star quality, we expect to see the very best hotels advance the standards of luxury. Here is what will become standard to all five-star hotels soon:

  • Communication with hotel staff via text or app

  • Remote access to room lighting, climate, and "do not disturb"

  • Upgraded coffee machines

  • Smart TV features with access to streaming services

  • Bluetooth-enabled door locks

Who awards hotels 5 stars?

There is no universal standard for hotel ratings.

Terms such as Deluxe/Luxury, First Class/Superior, Tourist Class/Standard, and Budget Class/Economy are more widely accepted as hotel types, not hotel standards. In North America, AAA hotel ratings are from 1 to 5 diamonds. The Forbes (Mobil) Travel Guide only ranks 4- and 5-star hotels.

The fastest way to ruin it

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