Stars * are given to classify hotels, restaurants,
In France there are two classifications types using
- National classifications, official, set up by ministries.
Those classifications correspond to technical norms (bedroom
area, bathroom number, internal services...). They are
objective classifications to which all institutions are
In France they are reprentative for
- Classifications made by tourist guides which are more
subjective but represent more reception, service quality,
what you can eat ...
In France the most famous classification
are the Michelin Guide Stars.
Norms correspond to minimal services. They don't give
real information on some important elements like reception,
calm, environment quality, activities...
Official classification set up according to the national
rules on developed grounds:
* - 1 star : cheap, often without comfort (tend to
** - 2 stars : the most numerous. Basic comfort. 90
m2 sites on average.
*** - 3 stars : basic flower decoration, internal
lighting, permanent caretaking, individual bathrooms,
compulsory fresh supplies service in or close to the
campground. 95 m2 sites on average.
**** - 4 stars : meeting rooms, dishsink
with hot water, compulsory children
bathrooms. 100 m2 sites on average.
Hotels are subjected to a compulsory national
classification set up by a prefecture bylaw.
This classification concerns hotels only and goes from 0*
to 4**** high luxury.
Norms are technical and concern halls' area, bedroom number,
their area, number of bedroom with
One of the most sold guides in France, a worldwide
reference. The guide lists hotels and restaurants of the
territory. The guide investigators give stars * to the best
For a restaurant, having 1 and therefore 2 or 3 Michelin
stars * is a recognition.
1* rewards a very good table in its category.
2** reward an excellent table which is worth the
trip. Specialities and top-grade wines, corresponding
3*** reward one of the best tables in France. Table,
specialities, wines, services are perfect. Prices are
corresponding but are not a criterion
The Logis de France Association counts about 4000
institutions in France. It is described as a hotel with a
human face: tradition, friendliness, quality of the table
Classification set up by Logis de France:
1 chimney= simple and comfortable institution
2 chimneys= good comfort institution
3 chimneys= high comfort institution.
Institutions' Association which highlights quality hotels
and restaurants in exceptionnal sites (restored castels,
Restaurants with international
reputation which belong to the Relais et Châteaux
2 or 3 stars institutions' Association which propose a
high quality environment.