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Are hotel star ratings getting out of hand?
According to the BBC, the ratings have become a subjective measure of amenities depending on the place. In much of Europe for instance, stars are assigned based on random factors such as whether the property has an elevator or includes breakfast, not by factors like building age or cleanliness. There's similar confusion in the United States, where competing organizations like AAA and Forbes Travel offer customers conflicting systems. Those in the hotel ratings business acknowledge the confusion, though minimal steps have been taken to change the process.
The next time you check into that "Five-Star Hotel," make sure you know what you're paying for. In a world of increasing hotel rating inflation, there's still plenty of room for debate.