Seeing stars in the Slovak hotel sky

Hotels and other accommodation facilities in Slovakia place

Hotels and other accommodation facilities in Slovakia place


themselves into categories and classes according to regulations


laid out in a directive adopted by the Economy Ministry in June


2008 (Directive 277/2008). The Slovak Trade Inspectorate is the


only authority with the power to check whether hotels meet


the conditions for the number of stars they assign themelves.



There are nine categories for hotels. While a hotel, i.e. an


accommodation facility with a capacity of more than 10 rooms,


can in general bear from one to five stars, other hotel-like


facilities differ in the number of stars they can bear.



A garni hotel is a facility limiting its boarding services to


breakfasts only and it can bear between one and three stars. A


mountain hotel (rated from one to three stars) is a facility located


in the mountains or one without a direct link to the road


infrastructure. A congress hotel (bearing three to five stars) is a


facility designed to hold congresses and similar large events.



Wellness hotels (bearing three to five stars) must focus on


wellness and wellbeing services while spa hotels (also three to


five stars) must have a physician available on-site. Boutique


hotels (bearing four or five stars) usually have fewer rooms and


are located in historic or designer buildings. An apartment hotel


(with one to three stars) provides accommodation in an


apartment and motels (rated from one to four stars) must be


located near main roads or highways.


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