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One Star
Hit or Miss


Accommodations that receive a one-star rating are typically older, smaller hotels and motels. It’s hit or miss whether the establishment will be exactly what you’re looking for as far as lodging, low rates will usually be the property’s best feature. Many of the one-star accommodations constitute highway hotels located near economical attractions and public transportation. Amenities are limited; furnishings are basic.
Two Stars 


Many of the well-known national chains fall into the two-star category. For instance, Comfort Inn and Quality Inn are two examples of familiar chain hotels that receive a two-star rating. Economy hotels are perfect for large families, business travelers on a budget, and just about anyone looking to save a dime. The hotel is usually close to a city’s major attractions, including the airport, and public transportation. Amenities generally include cable television, free parking and possibly a free continental breakfast. Two star properties will usually be clean but simple. Most two-star properties are a great value as far as price goes. For the most part, rates will average below $80 per night.

Three Stars


Hotels denoted by three stars typically include Hilton, Marriott and Doubletree. These accommodations are spacious, spotless and generally newer. Prices are usually higher than $100 per night and amenities are above average, usually including a fitness center, room service (varies) and a swimming pool. Many of these accommodations offer valet parking and bellhop service, as well as business friendly services like data ports for computers, business centers and fax services. These properties are considered moderate because as a customer you get what you pay for -- and sometimes more.

Four Stars
First Class


First-class hotels are just that – first class. These hotels are all about quality. From the moment you enter the typically lavish lobby to the minute you check out, you’ll receive impeccable service. Most landmark hotels receive a four-star rating. For instance, Miami’s Bentley Luxury Suite Hotel and the Hotel Monaco in Chicago. The Adam’s Mark in San Antonio is another example of a four-star hotel. These hotels (many are boutique hotels) offer room service, free continental breakfast, nightly cocktails, restaurant dining, of hotel is an easy way to “play it safe” and ensure your lodging experience will be enjoyable.

Five Stars


Hotels that receive five stars are flawless. These hotels offer only the highest level of service and accommodations. Guests are treated like royalty – and they usually are royalty. Rooms are generally stocked with top-of-the-line furnishings and extras, and often include VCRs, elaborate tubs or Jacuzzis, heated pools, mini bars and CD stereos. These hotels offer cuisine from their numerous on-site restaurants, and room service is usually 24 hours. Valet parking and bellhop and concierge services are expected at these establishments, which are generally located downtown and/or in a city’s exclusive neighborhoods. Five-star candidates are comprised of sprawling resorts and small, elegant independent properties. Examples include Cozumel’s Allegro Resort and The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach. Five star ratings are rare.