I have been in the business for more years than I like to remember, in the early days, (whoops showing my age again) backpacking was about a pack and a sleeping bag, with hostels on the whole being very, very basic, as the years go on our guests have become more demanding but still want to pay nothing for quality accommodation, this is especially true in Asia and the America's where the common perception is you can live like a king for the price of a bowl of rice, while I appreciate over the last 10 years or so, our now guests have become more aware of their rights they seem to have lost sight of the value of a local currency, so much so they arrive at venues demanding the world and finding fault just so they can 'big' it up with the mates on line and via review sites.
After all that hot air I will get to the point of this post I would like to investigate the viability of setting up a simple 'star' rating system, where guests can see in advance what they can expect from a hostel, if they then want (or can only afford) a tin hut in the jungle then the venue would fall into the lowest of stars while those that try to add value and descent accommodation to the guests experience get higher ratings. I believe both guests and hostels would benefit from such a scheme.
It could run on the lines of the European Hotelstars Union see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_rating
Would any one else like to take this forward?
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