For most of the world, a star system rates hotels, but the star system isn't infallible. No set system pertains to all hotels worldwide. The star-rating system scores more like a government, with other certain factors taken into account, instead of an entire experience rating. Most rating systems including the star, base their ratings on amenities and how well those services work for the customers.
A five star performs the services at the highest level and obtains anything the guest requires. Amenities such as pools, dining and fitness centers also aid in achieving a five-star rating.
In Europe, star ratings are displayed on the front of the hotel prominently. In America, some do the same. Most five-star hotels display the rating in advertising or on the website.
With a five-star hotel, the format, services and other amenities take precedence over style and décor. A wood-studded, Western lodge-themed hotel will rate the same as one with mismatched furniture.
Star ratings do not take in consideration the age of an amenity. So a pool is a pool. A aged bathroom is the same as a new one. So it is entirely possible for a one-star hotel to be newly built and in perfect condition, while a five-star is the opposite.
Each country uses different grading systems to determine star level, so a five star on American soil will not be graded the same as a European one. Further, some countries use the star grading system to determine taxes owed each year. And there is no telling how that affects the star system in those countries.
Amy L. Gouger holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from East Stroudsburg University. Previously a technical agent, she now serves as a ghostwriter and contributor to various online publications.