A New Hotel Classification System for Hotels in Russia
by Traveleads | March 15, 2019 | Latest News On The Ground
It is estimated that there are 31 thousand hotels and 41 small accommodation facilities in Russia, all of which are about to be affected by new regulations – mandatory hotel classification.
Hotels in Russia have been classified since the beginning of the century however the procedure was voluntary and ironically it was the hotelier who decided whether to assign stars to the hotel or not! Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an act making it compulsory for hotels with more than 50 rooms to have a star rated evaluation by the beginning of July this year. Hotels with 15-50 rooms need to have an official star rating in place by 2020.
In order to receive an official star rating the hotel owner must pay for the service, and the price will depend on the number of rooms and the star rating it is requesting. Every hotel will need to have its star rating re-evaluated every three years and if the owner of the hotel inflates his star-rating they will be fined. Fines will also be issued to hotels that do not have an official classification in place on time.
The new star rating system replaces a ‘key-rating’ that has previously applied to low end budget accommodation such as hostels. The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia announced that if the accommodation did not meet any of the criteria required to obtain a star-rating it would be declared ‘uncategorised’ – Visitors to Russia requiring even the most basic of accommodation would do well to avoid accommodation declared uncategorised.
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