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All About Accommodation Star Ratings

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The Hotel Finder Guide to How Accommodation Establishments Obtain Their Star Rating


When looking for accommodation, one of the most common things travellers look for is the star rating of a hotel or other type of accommodation. This rating system is used worldwide to provide travellers with an indication of the quality and level of services and amenities provided by an accommodation establishment. But how do these establishments obtain their star rating, and why are some not rated at all? In this blog post, we will explore the answers to these questions.

When it comes to booking accommodation, the star rating system is often used to indicate the level of service and amenities that a hotel or other type of accommodation provides. In the United Kingdom, the star rating system is overseen by various organizations, and in this blog post, we'll explore how holiday and business accommodation establishments obtain their star rating in the UK, as well as why some may not be rated at all.

The Star Rating System in the United Kingdom

The star rating system in the UK is overseen by several organizations, including VisitEngland, VisitScotland, VisitWales, and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. These organizations use a similar system for rating accommodation establishments, which ranges from one to five stars, with additional designations such as Gold, Silver, and Platinum available for exceptional establishments. These ratings are based on a range of criteria, including the quality of the furnishings and amenities, the level of service provided, and the cleanliness and maintenance of the property.

How Accommodation Establishments Obtain Their Star Rating

To obtain a star rating, accommodation establishments in the UK must apply to the relevant rating organization and undergo an assessment. This assessment is typically conducted by an independent assessor, who will visit the property to evaluate its quality and standards. The assessment process includes a detailed examination of the property, including its rooms, facilities, and services, and a review of feedback from previous guests.

The assessment also takes into account factors such as sustainability, accessibility, and the quality of the food and beverage offerings. Once the assessment is complete, the establishment will be awarded a star rating based on the assessor's findings.

Why Some Accommodation Establishments Are Not Rated

Not all accommodation establishments in the UK are rated. Some establishments may choose not to apply for a rating, while others may not meet the criteria for a rating. In some cases, new establishments may not yet be eligible for a rating until they have been open for a certain period of time and have established a track record of providing quality services and amenities.

Additionally, some types of accommodation, such as self-catering properties, may not be eligible for a star rating. However, these properties may still be subject to independent assessments and can be awarded other types of designations or awards.


The star rating system is an important tool for travellers looking for quality accommodation, and in the UK, various organizations oversee this system. By undergoing an assessment, accommodation establishments can obtain a star rating and showcase their quality and standards to potential guests. While not all establishments are rated, there are other ways for travellers to identify quality accommodation, such as reading reviews and looking for other types of designations or awards.

In Summary

At Hotel Finder we often see star ratings that accommodation owners advertise that look perfectly fine and in line with the facilities and standards they offer, however there will always be some anomalies. We would suggest, if you have any doubts look at the facilities and read the reviews so that you can make an informed choice.
Finally - we would encourage you not to ignore of bypass a hotel listing just because it does not have a star rating. We have discussed, why this may be the case above, and we do see some very fine, well appointed hotels that do not promote themselves with a star rating but are obviously worthy contenders to stay in.