Is your Greek hotel a good option?

From luxury villas to small boutique hotels, Greece offers a wide range of accommodation options for travelers. Each hotel is rated according to Greece’s star rating system to help prospective visitors determine the quality and amenities offered by each establishment. With so many star ratings available, there will be a perfect Greek hotel for everyone. Let’s find out what they mean…

Did you know that practically every nation has a system for rating hotels and assigning them a matching number of stars? Regarding Greek hotels, keys are distributed similarly (i.e. using star rating). The quantity of them defines the various levels of infrastructure, facilities, equipment, and location appeal of the hotel or guesthouse.

The ranking ranges from 2 to 5 stars ⭐️ – based on the number of points given to a particular property. From the stars, you can decide which one is the best place to stay in Greece.

Now, let’s dive in and clarify for you, so you can better understand how the rating system works!

Points and stars

Greek Hotel rating

Earning between 5001 and 7500 points is necessary to receive a 3-star rating. These points can be acquired by appropriately providing enough hotel infrastructure or outfitting rooms. For instance, the hotel can receive up to 200 points for one piece of modest equipment or furniture, 600 points for the reception, 160 points for hotel parking, and 840 points for the air conditioning in the rooms.

As you can see, a hotel’s ranking system depends on various factors, including the amenities provided in the rooms. Because of this grading methodology, hotels with comparable EOT ratings might promise quite different levels of hospitality.

Greek hotels – Categories

Here are some of the categories of Greece resorts and hotels you can find based on their rating.

Deluxe “L” (5*) See some examples of these here

Hotels with spacious, elegantly equipped public areas and rooms. The cost of lodging includes meals.

I Class “A” (4*) See some examples of these here

Comfortable furniture in spacious rooms and communal areas. The cost of lodging includes meals.

II Class “B” (3*) See some examples of these here

Higher-class tourist class hotels “Superior”. The price of accommodation includes meals.

III Class “C” (2*) See some examples of these here

Simple motels that mainly offer lodging and breakfast.

IV, V Class – “D” and “E” See some examples of these here

Typically pre-war hotels are where you must deal with rather antiquated technology. These two classifications are essentially unmarked and almost unutilized by hoteliers (e.g., shared bathrooms). This doesn’t mean that these are bad places to stay, but more that they are just not included in the standard hotel rating system. You can still find some real gems in this category!

Obtaining an assessment – hotel ranking system

It takes time and money (between 3 and 5 thousand euros) to obtain an evaluation confirmed by EOT. The hotel must also have other valid certificates (such as fire and tax certificates) and adhere to sanitary and health standards).

The certification is given by the Greek National Tourism Organisation (EOT) after a close evaluation of the hotel and its facilities. During this evaluation, the inspectors check that all safety measures are in place, such as fire prevention systems, smoke detectors, and health standards. They also inspect staff qualifications, cleanliness of rooms and public areas, food hygiene regulations, etc.

The certificate

The EOT certificate is given out for five years. For instance, the aforementioned fire certificate must be renewed throughout this time. The initial financial costs incurred by the company are substantially smaller than the costs involved with extending the validity of the evaluation.

Most Greek hotels that have successfully finished the arduous process of gathering complete documentation comply with all legal requirements, and pass the final evaluation, aim to keep and extend the EOT accreditation.

It is important to consider whether the client should base their decision on the hotel’s holding of this certificate and the number of stars bestowed. There is no clear-cut response, but such an evaluation is a determinant and a guarantee of the legitimacy of the hotel’s operation and that they have met the minimum standards required to earn a certain number of stars.

Furthermore, it would be wise to remember that Greek hotels with two stars often have a lesser standard than, say a Spanish hotels with the same grade. Regardless of the number of stars bestowed, it is still worthwhile to research ratings and target demographic online when browsing for the best hotels in Greece.

To view the best of the bunch of luxury hotels in Greece and the Greek Island click here

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Anna Roffey Lawyer, World Traveller, Blogger... 🧡