Guide to Standards & Facilities in Manchester Hotels
The above English and North West Tourist Board plaques on hotels indicate
that they have been awarded a minimum graded listing, which is nationally
recognised as an indication of standards and facilities. Crowns replaced
the old “Stars” and are roughly equivalent.
Hotels, Guest Houses
and Boarding Houses
Board Approved Hotels are classified by CROWNS – the more crowns the
better and probably the more expensive the hotel.
Automobile Association (AA) and Royal Automobile Club (RAC) classifications
have a broadly similar classification system. (See below).
Minimal accommodation which though clean and comfortable,
has a limited range of facilities and services.
Accommodation with additional facilities like washbasins,
a lounge and use of the phone.
A wider range of facilities, including morning tea and wake-up calls,
bedside TV, lounge and luggage assistance.
least one-third of bedrooms are ensuite with bath, WC and shower, easy
full length mirror, shoe cleaning and hairdrying facilities. Hot evening
At least three-quarters of bedrooms are ensuite with bath, (as above),
own telephone, radio, all above facilities plus 24 access and lounge
service until midnight available.
bedrooms are ensuite, (as above), all above facilities plus room service,
all night lounge, laundry service, full restaurant open for breakfast,
lunch and evening dinner.
Self Catering Accommodation
& Caravan Park Classifications
Self catering accommodation, including caravan parks, is classified
by KEYS –
more keys indicate more facilities.
Clean and comfortable, adequate heating, lighting and seating, TV, cooker,
fridge and full range of crockery and cutlery.
Colour TV, easy chairs and sofas for all occupants, fridge with ice
bedside units, plus all of the facilities in 1 KEY.
Apart from all above in 1 and 2 KEY accommodation, you will find dressing
tables, bedside lights, all linen and towels, vacuum cleaner and ironing
All sleeping in beds or bunks, supplementary lighting, more kitchen
equipment, use of
automatic washing machine and dryer, plus all above in 1, 2 and 3 KEY
Automatically controlled heating system, own washing machine and dryer,
bath and shower, telephone, dishwasher, microwave and fridge freezer,
plus all above in 1, 2, 3 and 4 KEY accommodation.
AA and RAC Hotel
The Automobile Association and the Royal Automobile Club have their
own system of STAR classification, which may supplement any of the preceding
classifications. One to five stars may be awarded to an establishment
– generally they have the same meaning as the English Tourist Board
The Quality “Q”
Classification for Caravan Parks
Many holiday caravan,
chalet or camping sites are often classified by the so-called “Quality-Q”.
The symbol may have from 1 to 5 ticks on the crossbar. The more ticks
– the higher the standard
of facilities on offer.