This category includes establishments who offer their accomodation in rooms, suites, furnished apartments and provide hotel services such as a reception and daily room cleaning. Hotels are rated from 1 to 5 stars.
Hotel ratings: the benchmarks have changed in 2010
Gone are the categories of 0* to 4* Luxury. Here is the new hotel rating
1 star corresponds to an inexpensive hotel. The minimum surface area for a double room must be 9 m² (96 sq. ft.), excluding bathroom facilities, which may be private or shared.
2 and 3 stars correspond to mid-range hotels, which must have staff who speak at least one official European language in addition to French. Reception must be open at least ten hours per day. The minimum surface area for a double room must be 9 m² for a 2-star hotel, or 13.5 m² (145 sq. ft.) including bathroom for a 3-star hotel. The difference with a 1-star hotel also includes the surface area of public spaces, notably the lobby, which must be at least 50 m² (538 sq. ft.) for a
3-star hotel, compared to 20 m² (215 sq. ft.) for 1-star hotels.
4 and 5 stars correspond to high quality and superior quality hotels. The rooms are spacious, being a minimum of 16 m² (172 sq. ft.), including bathroom, in a 4-star hotel and 24 m² (258 sq. ft.) in a 5-star hotel. A 5-star hotel must provide staff who can speak two foreign languages (one of which is English) in addition to French, room service, accompaniment to the room, and the possibility to dine at the hotel. Other advantages offered by 5-star hotels include a valet parking service, a
concierge, and special facilities in the rooms such as a safe and internet access. Air-conditioning is mandatory.