Difference between 5-star and 7-star hotels

Main difference - 5-star vs. 7-star hotel

Before knowing the difference between 5 star and 7 star hotels, it is important to know something about the star systems used for hotels. There is no global rating system for rating hotels, so there are different systems that are developed and used by different travel organizations, websites and government agencies. Most of them use a star system, with the larger number of stars indicating the greater luxury. Nevertheless, all known and generally recognized rating systems offer one to five stars, with five standing for the highest level of luxury. However, some hotels are common knowledge and are sometimes advertised as seven star hotels. However, there are no clear guidelines or criteria to describe how these hotels are ranked. So the main difference between 5-star and 7-star hotels lies in the nature of their reviews; 5-star ratings are given by standard and generally accepted rating systems with clear criteria, while 7-star ratings are ambiguous and have no clear criteria.

This article explains

1. What are 5 star hotels? - Features, reviews, examples,

2. What are 7-star hotels? - Ratings, examples, criteria

3. What is the difference between a 5-star and a 7-star hotel?

What are 5 star hotels

5-star ratings are generally given to the most luxurious hotels in the world. They are known for excellent and high quality service, maintenance and hospitality. 5-star hotels always adhere to high standards and offer their guests meticulous service. They often offer gourmet food from world famous chefs, multiple restaurants, butler services, valet parking, concierge services, business centers and meeting facilities, multiple pools, spas, fitness centers, tennis courts, and other facilities. The comfort and convenience of the guests are the main concern of the staff.

5-star hotels are also known for their outstanding architecture, exquisite interiors, tasteful furniture, and beautiful landscaping. All rooms, public areas such as lobbies and restaurants as well as outdoor areas have an elegant ambience.

These hotels will have both rooms and suites that are spacious and luxurious with premium bedding, linens, flooring, extensive amenities, high-speed internet, 24-hour room service and other services. Hotels of well-known hotel brands such as Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La and Peninsula often have five stars.

Difference between 5 stars and 7 stars

What are 7 star hotels

As described above, most hotel rating systems only have 5 stars. However, some hotels advertise with 7 stars to underline their uniqueness. Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Town House Galleria in Italy and Pangu Seven Star Hotel in Beijing are some of these hotels known as 7 star hotels. There are also different views on the 7-star ratings.

Town House Galleria in Italy is certified as a 7-star hotel by SGS, a Geneva-based certification company. According to this company, a hotel must be in an iconic and significant building to be considered a 7-star, and it must also have more suites than rooms. It is for this reason that the Town House Galleria, located in one of the oldest buildings in the world, has been classified as a 7-star hotel. However, this criterion is also problematic as SGS is not involved in official hotel reviews.

Main difference - 5-star vs. 7-star hotel

Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Difference between 5-star and 7-star hotels

  • 5-star ratings are given by common and generally recognized rating systems with clear criteria.
  • 7-star ratings are ambiguous as they don't have clear criteria, but according to SGS, a hotel must be in an iconic and significant building and must also have more suites than rooms to be classified as a 7-star hotel.

Both 5-star and 7-star hotels can be the same in terms of luxury and service.


Eytan, Declan. “Milan: In the only certified 7-star hotel in the world.” Forbes. Np, August 15, 2015. Web. January 17, 207.

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