Quality Assured Accommodation & Awards
The accommodation featured on the Visit Maidstone website has been quality assessed and star rated to ensure that only the utmost in comfort is provided. As such, you can make your choice knowing that each establishment complies with the high standards set by VisitEngland and/or the AA, or is part of a nationally recognised brand such as Hilton or Holiday Inn. There are, however, some establishments that may have only recently applied to be rated and are therefore awaiting assessment. In such instances, accommodation is shown as 'Awaiting Grading'.
The many types of accommodation available in Maidstone subjected to the quality assessments are classified in different ways, so it’s important to check the classification of your chosen accommodation before booking. A hotel is assessed on different criteria to guest accommodation, so comparing one form of accommodation with another can prove confusing. The different types of accommodation are:
- Metro hotel
- Townhouse hotel
- Guest accommodation which includes, B&Bs, guesthouses, farmhouses, restaurants with rooms, and inns
- Self-catering accommodation
- Parks, including camping, touring, and holiday parks
Establishments are afforded a rating based on a grading system of one to five stars. These star ratings reflect the overall quality of the accommodation and the experience provided, and are quality checked by independent assessors who work to ensure the standards you find are what you would expect. As a general guide, the following descriptions apply for ratings given to all types of accommodation:
- 1-star: simple, practical, no frills
- 2-star: well-presented and well-run
- 3-star: good level of quality and comfort
- 4-star: excellent standards throughout
- 5-star: exceptional standards with a degree of luxury
In addition to standard star ratings, Gold and Silver Awards recognise those establishments assessed by the tourist board with exceptional quality in all areas, particularly in service and hospitality. AA red stars are awarded to hotels and inns graded under the AA system with exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service; and AA yellow stars are awarded to the best guest accommodation within the three to five-star rating.
VisitBritain's Breakfast Award recognises hotels and B&Bs that offer guests a choice of breakfast, and quality service and hospitality that exceed what would be expected at their star rating. It helps you find those places where owners, managers, chefs, and staff have gone the extra mile to ensure the breakfast will exceed expectations.
Green Tourism Scheme
There is no need to compromise on quality when choosing from our range of green accommodation providers. Simply select Green Awards when using our accommodation search facility. You can be assured that they will be doing all they can to reduce their environmental impact.
You may have specific requirements that you want at your choice of holiday accommodation in Kent. To ensure you are able to find what you need, it is often easier to search for the sort of facilities that you want rather than search by location. By entering a keyword into the search box, you can filter accommodation until you find the right place to stay.
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