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- For other uses of the word star see star (disambiguation).
A star is a symbol used for classification purposes. In particular, a set of one to five stars is employed to categorize hotels. Although there have been numerous attempts at unifying the classification scheme so that it becomes an internationally recognized and reliable standard, huge differences exist as far as the quality of the accommodation and the food within one category of hotel is concerned, sometimes even in the same country. However, certain standards have become common knowledge and have accordingly entered everyday language, for instance five star hotel (which is always associated with luxury and high prices).
Roughly, the five categories are divided up as follows:
- * (one star) -- low budget hotel
- ** (two stars) -- budget hotel
- *** (three stars) -- middle class hotel
- **** (four stars) -- first class hotel
- ***** (five stars) -- luxury hotel
Traditional systems tend to rest heavily on the facilities provided, which is often disadvantageous to smaller hotels whose quality of accommodation could fall into one class, but the lack of an item (even where unnecessary) such as an elevator, would prevent it from reaching a higher categorization.
- Stars are also used to classify restaurants. For example, the Michelin restaurant guide rates restaurants with the help of one to three stars (whereas the rival Gault Millau awards toques).
- Stars also express military rank. See British military rank insignia or U.S. Navy officer rank insignia as examples.
- The producers of certain alcoholic beverages (brandies, liqueurs) also use stars to distinguish between their products. See, for example, Metaxa.
- Movie reviewers and film critics (such as Leonard Maltin) frequently use the same kind of rating system (one to five stars) to assess the quality of the films they discuss.
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