Hotel and Travel Index Classification System
The Hotel and Travel Index Classification System and its unique
10-tiered rating procedure, has been an industry standard for 70 years. Used in
our numerous travel publications including Official Hotel Guide, Business Travel
Planner, Travel Weekly and Hotel and Travel Index, it stands alone as a
completely objective and independent evaluation system with a worldwide
Hotels are evaluated using all information available to our
editors. Each element of the hotel is considered including structure and décor,
service and amenities, room size and furnishings, destination of the property
and a review of guest experiences. While every effort is made to establish
classifications that are accurate and fair, they represent the opinion of the
editors, to serve as a general guide, and are not to be used for any other
purpose. Personal inspections are made in many but not all hotels. Not every
hotel has a classification. In some cases where a hotel appears without a
classification, the editors determined information was insufficient to fairly
evaluate; this does not reflect negatively on the property in any way.
An exclusive, expensive
luxury hotel offering the highest standards of accommodations and facilities and
providing almost any level of personal service — Guest and public rooms are
luxurious, service is impeccable — A prestige address - Establishments in this
category are among the world’s top hotels.
An outstanding, expensive, luxury property
offering many of the same features as a Superior Deluxe and in many instances
may be just as satisfactory — There may be fewer personalized amenities or
services — May cater to a more diverse, trend setting clientele.
Basically a Deluxe hotel,
but frequently more heavily marketed to business clients or groups - Expect
outstanding accommodations and public rooms — May not be as intimate or
exclusive or may have less emphasis on atmosphere or personal service.
An above average First
Class hotel with some outstanding features and a broad range of services - May
have a special focus on design, style and amenities — Guest rooms and public
areas are tastefully furnished and very comfortable striving to meet the needs
of business and leisure guests. May have superior executive level or wing.
This is the full service hotel standard -- A
dependable, well-maintained hotel with comfortable accommodations and public
areas - Usually provides a full range of services, amenities and facilities.
A property offering full
first-class comfortable, quality accommodations, but limited public areas,
dining and facilities - Usually moderate in size - Some may use a residential
scale and architecture, others may feature a unique atmosphere or design - Many
offer complimentary breakfast or evening drinks in the lobby or in an informal
Essentially a First Class
establishment with comfortable but sometimes simple accommodations - Public
areas may be limited - Some first class features may be lacking, but generally
provides all the essentials a guest requires.
Primarily a mid-market
economy hotel — Accommodations are well kept and functional, some with charming
or intimate features - Many with in-room amenities designed for business
travelers - Usually public rooms and facilities are limited.
A property for the budget traveler providing
basic room amenities, but few services — May have some facilities or features of
Superior Tourist Class — Accommodations may be standardized - Often in locations
convenient to highways, business or airports.
A budget property with a
no frills approach, providing basic accommodations for the traveler.