(Source: Dagbladet) When traveling to many countries in Europe and overseas, you are met with official systems where hotels are classified with from 1 to 5 stars after a fixed system. The number of stars awarded depends on whether the hotel meets a number of different strict criteria as e.g. size and quality of room and indoor facilities.
Twinkle, twinkle little star! Norway has until now been without an official ranking of hotels. The Norwegian travel industry has claimed that a ranking system based on the European system would be too rigid and crude. The fear is that the classification will emphasize purely technical criteria, and that hotels with special, non quantifiable elements and with specific character or features would loose out in such a classification model.
All is about to change this year as the Norwegian Ministry of Trade has asked the Division of Tourism within the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) to establish a voluntary ranking of hotels as found in many countries in Europe.
The minister, Sylvia Brustad (labour), has personally taken the initiative to establish an official hotel classification system and is convinced that it will be make it easier for the customer in their choice of hotel.
The response from the industry have been mixed. The Choice group headed by the Hotel tycoon Petter Stordalen will, unless the system is compulsory, not join, whereas the Thon and Rica group have been more positive.
A Norwegian group has already established a voluntary classification system and 60 hotels have joined. Here are a few hotels that meet the criteria in different classes. You will find a complete list on www.klassifisering.no (Sadly only in Norwegian).
Five star rating
- Britannia Hotel, Trondheim
- Fru Haugans Hotel, Mosjøen
- Voksenåsen Hotell, Oslo
- Sølvgården Hotell, Rysstad
- Selbusjøen Hotell & Gjestegård, Selbu
- Farsund Fjordhotell, Farsund
- Hafjell Hotell, Øyer
- Almås Hotell, Stord
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