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Hotel classification

Classification systems exist at national and regional level in most European Union Member States. A great number of the HOTREC associations have contributed to the development of such systems, either on their own initiative or in collaboration with public authorities. These systems are widely used and widely known. Consumers refer to classification as an important help for choosing a hotel: it is therefore important that information on the meaning of the classification in the different countries be easily available to them (see section "Stars in Europe ").

In 2009, seven HOTREC Member Associations decided to create, under the patronage of HOTREC, the Hotelstars Union, with the aim of applying a hotel classification system based on harmonised criteria in their respective countries. Since then the number of countries within the Hotelstars Union is continously rising.

With regard to hotel classification systems in general, differences in culture and geographical situations explain the differences between the criteria and methodology of the systems in the European countries. HOTREC member associations have undertaken to bring the classification systems closer together, using a bottom-up approach.

Key EU measures:


Main HOTREC documents:

  • Press release - Luxembourg joins the Hotelstars Union  20/06/2011

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  • Press release - Hotelstars Union offer free test classification for hoteliers  29/03/2011

    “How many stars would my hotel get, if we’d classify it?” Many hoteliers have asked themselves this question – now the answer can be found out with the non-binding and free test classification of the Hotelstars Union!

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  • Press release - Vice President Tajani applauds achievements of the Hotelstars Union  03/03/2011

    HOTREC press release following the presentation of the Hotelstars Union in the European Parliament to the EU institutions

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  • Press release - Baltic countries join the Hotelstars Union  10/12/2010

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  • Position paper on classification  28 May 2010

    Here is HOTREC's position on European and international classification, including 21 principles for the setting-up and/or review of national/regional hotel classification systems in Europe

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  • Position paper on classification including 21 principles  28 May 2010

    Here is HOTREC's position on European and international classification, including 21 principles for the setting-up and/or review of national/regional hotel classification systems in Europe

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  • Press release - Foundation of the Hotelstars Union  14/12/2009

    7 HOTREC member associations decided to found the Hotelstars Union, a hotel classification system applying harmonised criteria

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