New stars rising: France revises hotel ratings


New stars rising: France revises hotel ratings

New stars rising: France revises hotel ratings

Tourism authorities in France are phasing out the familiar blue octagonal rating sign (top) that greets guests on the facade of more than 17,000 of the country’s hotels.

The new classification, still voluntary, evaluates hotels on 240 norms that cover technical aspects of each property and, for the first time, service levels. Hoteliers earn one to five stars instead of the old zero to four stars deluxe.

Independent inspectors verify claims made in the application, which is then forwarded to government officials for approval. The rating is reevaluated every five years.

The new rectangular placards (bottom) feature a prominent silver-gray “H” against a red background for one to four stars, and against a gold background for the new five-star category. Both signs display the France branding logo at the bottom.

– Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Photos: The old (top) and the new (bottom) hotel-rating placards in France. Credit: Atout France

By LA Times



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