Accommodation ratings

Most of the accommodation featured on this website has been quality assessed by either VisitEngland or the AA, or has recently applied for a rating and is awaiting assessment. Please note that details are correct as at August 2014 but may be subject to change throughout the year.

To confirm a rating please visit or telephone VisitEngland on 0207 578 1400 or email:

For AA ratings, visit or telephone 01256 844455 or email:

To ensure that choosing a hotel or guest accommodation is kept as simple as possible, all the accommodation featured on this website has been divided into the four categories below.

Accommodation categories


Hotels must have a minimum of six rooms, a licence, offer dinner at least five nights a week and have all rooms ensuite or with private bathrooms. They must also operate a high staff to guest ratio thereby making service very attentive. The hotel categories in this area are Hotel and Budget Hotel.

Guest Accommodation:

This includes Guest Accommodation, Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Inns. These establishments tend to be personally run by the owners.


For self-catering accommodation, the layout and design of the accommodation and the range and quality of the kitchen equipment is assessed, as well as the quality and comfort of the bedrooms and bathrooms, and most importantly, the cleanliness.

Serviced Apartments

The same as self-catering with the added benefit of maid-service.

Ratings Made Easy

One star:Simple, practical, no frills
Two stars:Well presented and well run
Three stars:Good level of quality and comfort
Four stars:
Excellent standard throughout
Five stars:
Exceptional with a degree of luxury

Awards - Gold, Silver and Red or Yellow Stars

Places that 'go the extra mile' will, in the case of VisitEngland, be awarded a Gold or Silver award and, in the case of the AA, be entitled to display red stars for a hotel or yellow for guest accommodation.

Breakfast Award

Visit England's award given to hotels and B&Bs serving exceptional breakfasts


The AA's rosette scheme is an award, not a classification. It is designed to assess the quality of the food served and is awarded annually on a rising scale of one to five.

Unaccredited Accommodation

There are some listings on this site marked "non accredited - no rating". This accommodation has not been inspected and accredited. Please note that the inclusion on this website does not constitute a recommendation.