About Classification

Hotel and Travel Index Classification System

The Hotel and Travel Index Classification System and its unique 10-tiered rating procedure, has been an industry standard for 70 years. Used in our numerous travel publications including Official Hotel Guide, Business Travel Planner, Travel Weekly and Hotel and Travel Index, it stands alone as a completely objective and independent evaluation system with a worldwide application.

Hotels are evaluated using all information available to our editors. Each element of the hotel is considered including structure and décor, service and amenities, room size and furnishings, destination of the property and a review of guest experiences. While every effort is made to establish classifications that are accurate and fair, they represent the opinion of the editors, to serve as a general guide, and are not to be used for any other purpose. Personal inspections are made in many but not all hotels. Not every hotel has a classification. In some cases where a hotel appears without a classification, the editors determined information was insufficient to fairly evaluate; this does not reflect negatively on the property in any way.


10. Superior Deluxe

An exclusive, expensive luxury hotel offering the highest standards of accommodations and facilities and providing almost any level of personal service — Guest and public rooms are luxurious, service is impeccable — A prestige address - Establishments in this category are among the world’s top hotels.

9. Deluxe

An outstanding, expensive, luxury property offering many of the same features as a Superior Deluxe and in many instances may be just as satisfactory — There may be fewer personalized amenities or services — May cater to a more diverse, trend setting clientele.

8. Moderate Deluxe

Basically a Deluxe hotel, but frequently more heavily marketed to business clients or groups - Expect outstanding accommodations and public rooms — May not be as intimate or exclusive or may have less emphasis on atmosphere or personal service.

7. Superior First Class

An above average First Class hotel with some outstanding features and a broad range of services - May have a special focus on design, style and amenities — Guest rooms and public areas are tastefully furnished and very comfortable striving to meet the needs of business and leisure guests. May have superior executive level or wing. 

6. First Class

This is the full service hotel standard -- A dependable, well-maintained hotel with comfortable accommodations and public areas - Usually provides a full range of services, amenities and facilities. 

5. Limited Service First Class

A property offering full first-class comfortable, quality accommodations, but limited public areas, dining and facilities - Usually moderate in size - Some may use a residential scale and architecture, others may feature a unique atmosphere or design - Many offer complimentary breakfast or evening drinks in the lobby or in an informal restaurant.

4. Moderate First Class

Essentially a First Class establishment with comfortable but sometimes simple accommodations - Public areas may be limited - Some first class features may be lacking, but generally provides all the essentials a guest requires.

3. Superior Tourist Class

Primarily a mid-market economy hotel — Accommodations are well kept and functional, some with charming or intimate features - Many with in-room amenities designed for business travelers - Usually public rooms and facilities are limited.

2. Tourist Class

A property for the budget traveler providing basic room amenities, but few services — May have some facilities or features of Superior Tourist Class — Accommodations may be standardized - Often in locations convenient to highways, business or airports.

1. Moderate Tourist Class

A budget property with a no frills approach, providing basic accommodations for the traveler.

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