Hotel Ratings

STA rates our hotels and hostels using our own Globe system instead of using stars. We rank properties 1-5 because we don't want to leave any standard up to interpretation. You are too important to us to do that.

1-Globe Hotels

These are often simple properties catering for travelers on a budget, but who want a bit more privacy than usually available in dorms. Simply furnished, budget-style private rooms are available but they usually have a shared bathroom.

2-Globe Hotels

Offering tourist class accommodation, bedrooms in 2-Globe Hotels often have their own bathroom, a TV and a telephone. Great for city breaks without breaking the budget, 2-Globe Hotels are usually good value for money. Be warned though, especially in European cities you may find that the room size here is a little cramped.

3-Globe Hotels

The next step up, these offer a good standard of accommodation. Along with the private bathroom, TV and phone, you'll often find that 3-Globe properties also have an in-house bar and restaurant. Rooms are generally comfortable and may even have additional services such as a minibar!

4-Globe Hotels

In a 4-globe hotel, you should expect a clear difference in the degree of quality in the furnishings, décor and equipment. Bedrooms are often spacious and services such as porterage, 24-hour room service, laundry and dry cleaning may be available

5-Globe Hotels

Expect luxury throughout, with a high level of service and probably with a price to match! Most 5-globe hotels have a swimming pool, spa, gym and a great selection of bars and restaurants.

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