How amny stars are you worth
That accommadation providers can give and change their own star rating is a farce in the UK
Review systems help guests but review systems can has serious flaws and favour the guests
Owners self assess because
1. It saves them money as to be assessed by VE costing a minimum of £320 .This is the only OFFICIALLY RECOGNISED ORGANISATION to which the AA and RAC belong as well
2, They have to be assessed by an fully trained and experienced Inspector who goes through every room with a fine tooth comb even checking behind furniture and in cabinet cases by taking draws out and checking inside the casing,The Inspector books ANONYMOUSLY !
Why do you think there are few 5 star assessed properties and a lower number of 4 star ones and many with 3 stars or less
4 stars is the maximum an owner can self assess at,thank god,and its well known 75% of those who give themselves 4 stars would not get even 3 if officially inspected
Moves are about to ensure every property has to meet a basic level,besides those legally in place at the moment.
This will be good for guests and good for the many hotels with official star ratings and those who self assess honestly and remove those 4 star ratings from providers who would be lucky to get 2 stars and give us all a bad name
In Australia our AAA organisation that runs the star program has trademarked the stars so self assessed properties can not legally use stars (they must use something else like ticks or dots, but stars can only be used by the official star rating program).