The Dirty Truth About Hotel Ratings

Think you know what a five-star hotel looks like? Think again. With no standardized system across the globe, hotel ratings can be confusing, not to mention totally unreliable. We investigated the four major systems out there—and ranked them in order of trustworthiness.

From stars to diamonds to user-generated reviews, a guide to decoding hotel-ratings systems worldwide — and getting the most bang for your buck.

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