Guide to Choosings Great Accommodations

You’ve been looking forward to a holiday for months, only to arrive at your destination & discover your accommodation is not what you were expecting or is simply not up to scratch. With some basic groundwork, however, this disappointing situation could easily have been avoided. Within Australia, all hotels & other accommodation are subject to a well-regulated STAR Rating Scheme so you know exactly what to expect in terms of amenities & service whenever you book accommodation.Whether you are looking for cheap accommodation in Melbourne, an apartment in Surfers Paradise or a family-friendly resort, the Australian STAR Rating Scheme is a handy guide to standards of accommodation and what you can expect for your money in each category.The rating scheme rates accommodation on a scale of one to five stars, from basic to luxurious.

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Five-star rated hotels & resorts are outstanding establishments with luxury appointments & an exceptional standard of facilities, furnishings & guest services, which should include 24-hour room service, housekeeping, porters, valet parking & business & secretarial services.If a hotel has received a four-star rating, this indicates it is very well appointed accommodation with stylish design throughout and a high standard of facilities, furnishings & guest services. To be entered in this category, hotels must provide en-suite bathrooms to all guest rooms, air-conditioning, 16-hour room service & housekeeping services.At the three-star level you can expect well appointed & comfortable accommodation with a good range of facilities. The room decor may be a little dated but will be clean & well-maintained. Some three-star hotels also provide basic business facilities such as Internet access & fax services.A rating of two stars indicates clean, basic, no frills accommodation with reasonably well maintained facilities. Some two-star hotels have shared bathrooms, but most have ensuite bathrooms to all rooms.

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