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Hotel stars in Europe

under the Patronnage of HOTREC

What do hotel stars mean in Europe?

The birth of a common European hotel classification 

Since 2004, HOTREC and its associations have been working on bringing the hotel classification systems in the various European countries closer to one another. 

In 2009, 7 HOTREC members committed to apply almost identical criteria for their hotel classification and created the Hotelstars Union under the patronage of HOTREC. Since its creation, 10 additionnal European countries joined the initiative. 

Today Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland are Members of the star family. 

The first adjustment of the system

During 2013 and 2014, the Hotelstars Union Members developed the first common revisionof the criteria catalogue. As a result of negotiations, the following criteria for hotel classification shall gain more weight from 2015 in the around 30.000 classified hotels in the participating countries: 

  • Better sleeping comfort,
  • Better online visibility provided by hotels websites,
  • Better telecommunication opportunities also in lower category hotels,
  • Better food and beverages availability in all types of hotels.


Check out the Hotelstars website to find out more!