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Even if you are an experienced traveller, it is fair to note that attempting to appraise European hotel star ratings can be difficult. This is due to the far-reaching and complex process used to determine a hotel’s individuals rating, and the numerous factors that contribute to this. While novice travellers are often keen to invest in five star accommodations in the mistaken belief that it guarantees quality, it is important to approach the market from a position of knowledge and strength.
Considerations when booking a Hotel
This is where detailed resources such as Alpharoom’s Hotel Rating Guide come into play, as they offer a detailed breakdown of accommodation outlets throughout Europe. It is also important that you develop a source of independent knowledge, however, and one that includes the following:
- Star Ratings are essentially a Tally OF Multiple Factors
In European cities and locations, stars are assigned after a detailed inspection by tourism officials. These ratings are based on a long and diverse list of criteria, including elements such as cleanliness, the quality of the facilities and the range of amenities available. Once these factors are appraised and scored independently, a total tally of stars in awarded to reflect the overall quality of the hotel in question. It is also important to note that these inspections are not obligatory in every single European nation, so it is well scouring independent reviews of potential hotels to identify any issues or red flags.
- A higher number of Stars does not correlate in Superiority
As a general rule, you can estimate that a four star hotel has a wider range of amenities than a two star building. It is does not mean that it is universally a superior hotel, however, as the European ratings system does not take into account the charm, décor or location of the structure in question. It also offers no insight into the history of the building or the prevailing attitude of the staff, so it is exceptionally important to do independent research before making a final decision.
- There are ways to manipulate the star system
From a hotel perspective, achieving a higher star rating usually enables owners to charge an inflated premium for each individual room. This means that some establishments will attempt game the system, by targeting specific judging criteria and identifying shortcuts to navigate these successfully. Simply adding an elevator can add a star to a hotel, for example, while purchasing simple devices such as a hairdryer for each room can also drive higher price points.
Among the best attractions of the World, Paris has won hearts since two millennia. Enriched with miscellaneous dreamy locations where most people have found their soul mates with the air of love in the city; Paris is the centre of the Île-de-France region as well as the centre of attraction for pleasure seekers.
The city of Paris is not only home to attractive locations, but it is also the crème de la crème of the richest places of the world. It has a ranking as one of the five wealthiest five regions of Europe and is included in the list of top cities around the world. The city hosts many top notch events focused globally; like FIFA. The museums here are also maintained and kept well-organized to serve the horde of tourists visiting the city. In short, Paris has everything that makes it an ideal destination for a vacation.
Summing up the description of attractions in Paris is difficult as there’s just so much to see here. However, some of the famous tourist locations are mentioned below:
The world’s most visited museum, which received more than 9.7 million visitors in 2012, has enough artifacts and history trapped within its walls to make itself standout among all the other museums of the world. This museum is usually visited by tourists as their first stop, because of its excellent reputation and fame. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, which dates back to the revolutionary period of France. The best collections within the museum are divided into eight curatorial departments: Paintings; Egyptian Antiquities; Sculpture; Islamic Art; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Prints and Drawings; and Decorative Arts. All these include masterpiece sculptures of great artists throughout history; including the famous Mona Lisa painting.
A well-known tourist attraction with an architectural structure that makes it a wonder of the world; the tower is located on the Chomp de Mars in Paris and is the tallest structure in Paris. It is also the most-visited paid monument with a record of 6.98 million visitors in 2011.
Originally a railway station, nearly a century ago; the museum is now one of the top tourist attractions. This museum is so grand that it has been used as a set for various films as well, ever since it has been opened for tourist visits. The halls are vast and spacious, making you wonder whether you’re even standing under a roof.
It has a lot of paintings by famous French and international artists including the famous “Whistler’s Mother” painting. The museum also exhibits sculptures of famous people, architecture and decorative art and photography.
The palace is a royal chateau which is so compelling in its architecture that sky is truly the limit for it. There are four apartments within this palace’s premises, each one dedicated to a different work of art. Its famous gardens displaying the art of nature are beyond praise as well.
To get your Paris pass and visit these outlandish places, contact Concierge Paris where you can browse comprehensive packages for all your travelling needs in Paris.
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I’m sharing 10 tips that I’ve collected over the years to help you save on flights. Now I am no travel expert when it comes to the best travel secrets out there. However, I’ve been blogging for a few years, believe it or not, and I’ve read a lot of articles on travel and listened to hundreds of suggestions and I’ve come to learn one thing. What I am good at is organizing those suggestions and tips from other travel experts.
The first week in November 2011 sees the number of trips listed on Globetrooper by travelers seeking travel partners top 1000 unique trip proposals and ideas.
Adventurer travelers and vacationers use Globetrooper to meet and network with like minded explorers.
Using the trip creation wizard a user may create a unique trip idea or elect to join an existing trip.
Following on from this users ( or Globetroopers ) utilize the social networking tools within the site such as following trips, private messaging and conventional email to arrange meet ups, plan trips and bring travel ideas to fruition.
The 2011 TBEX travel blogger conference was held in Vancouver this June. This is part two of my review, which focuses on the content of the event and gives some suggestions for possible improvements down the road.
In my opinion, the TBEX 2011 Travel Bloggers Conference suffered from a severe lack of organization. It was great getting a chance to meet a lot of fantastic travel bloggers, but this conference could be dramatically improved in the future with some more time, effort, and people dedicated to the task. This is my review of that part of the conference.
Our time in Hawaii is done, and – after a stopover in Seattle – we’re on our way to Prague. We’re halfway through our mindful mileage run and, similarly, about halfway to earning our airline “status” for next year. Things are going well, very well, and we’re having a blast. Mostly.
While at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the cast and crew of Midlife Road Trip ran into Travel Channel celebrity, Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, eating of all things… a cupcake. We learned what’s on this famous world traveler’s bucket list. Click here to watch the interview!
We have a big travel plan. We’re in the final stages of preparing for the mileage run that will renew our airlines “status” for another year AND take us to some incredible places. We are ready to roll in less than a month!
The Feral Scribe imparts some insight into the unseen hazards facing patrons of low-budget motels.
Midlife Road Trip’s Rick Griffin announced today that he will participate in the 2011 Mongol Rally, a 9000 mile journey crossing 2 continents and 15 countries on some of the worst roads in the world. Rick will join three of the world’s foremost travel writers to form the official “Unofficial Team of Social Media”, the Social Media Syndicate.
This week, a potential game changer in the area of travel tools was unveiled, the new iPhone Word Lens application. Through this app, one can instantly translate anything from English to Spanish, or the other way around. More languages are promised for the near future. This is my review of the pros/cons of this application.
The duo behind Uncornered Market (Audrey Scott & Daniel Noll) were recently announced as part of the inaugural group of Wanderers in Residence, a new partnership between Gap Adventures and a few travel bloggers. Nomadic Matt, Gary of Everything Everywhere and JD of EarthXplorer round out the rest of this group.
Five European bloggers (myself included) will join Andy Jarosz (of the 501 places blog) in his hometown of St. Albans, just north of London, for a blog trip between 6 – 10 November. Read about the story behind this blog trip on St. Albans Blog Trip – Ingredients Locally Sourced.
‘Hot Destination’ lists are a dime a dozen these days, so I was surprised when I read this list that the destinations are actually quite unique. Wide World is an adventure-ish travel/sports online magazine, so it’s great to see they’ve stuck to their knitting and given us some pretty cool places to think of for our next trip.
A new website called Influencers in Travel was launched today. The site uses Klout to measure the influence of travel names in social media and ranks them accordingly. An increasing number of companies (e.g. PR and online marketing firms) use Klout to gauge the reach and influence of bloggers.
Australia won the hosting rights for the Adventure Racing World Championships in 2011 amongst solid competition from many world-renowned adventure events. The bid by Australia’s XPD Expedition Race was successful through strong support from the Tasmanian Government.
Last year Intrepid did almost 10,000 trips, generated $120m in revenue, and recorded profits of $10m. And now, in the company’s 21st year of operation, founders Darrell Wade, 49, and Geoff Manchester, 50, have spoken publicly about floating the company on the ASX, once the market becomes less volatile.
Spaceport America has just opened. It’s the world’s first facility designed specifically to launch commercial spacecraft, which will be used by Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company set up by Richard Branson. The opening of the facility comes less than two weeks after Virgin Galactic completed the first solo flight of SpaceShip Two.