Guide to the Accommodation Ratings

Many of our establishments have been rated according to the standard of service, range of facilities and comfort level offered. These ratings are usually awarded by either the Tourist Board, Automobile Association or Royal Automobile Club, whose assessors visit each establishment that they rate.

Stars are used to rate hotels and diamonds are used to rate guesthouses, inns and bed and breakfasts. In both cases the minimum rating is one and the maximum rating is five.

Here is an outline guide to the standards represented by each rating.

A basic but clean and comfortable establishment, reaching a minimum standard. Facilities are limited but service is helpful and courteous.

Rooms are better equipped and more comfortable than for one Diamond/Star establishments. In the case of hotels, this would include en-suite or private facilities and colour TV's in rooms.

A good level of service and range of facilities are provided. Rooms are of good quality and food is of good standard. Hotels have a receptionist on duty and breakfast room service and laundry service is available.

A very good overall level of comfort and service, offering a good level of attention to your needs. Hotels will have spacious and comfortable public areas and 24 hour room service.

This is the top rating and reflects the highest level of comfort, facilities and cuisine. An excellent level of service is provided and rooms are decorated and furnished with a degree of luxury, especially in the case of hotels.

You should always check on the specific services and facilities on offer before making your reservation.