The AA and Visit England are the only nationally accredited bodies authorised to give star ratings to hotels
The AA have been recognising accommodation since 1908 and first introduced the star rating scheme in 1912, recognising and rewarding establishments for the quality and range of their services and facilities. In 2006, The AA developed Common Quality Standards (alongside the main tourist boards) for inspecting and rating accommodation. These standards and rating categories are now applied throughout the British Isles.
Hotel star ratings are only awarded and managed by four national and accredited bodies: The AA (specifically AA Hotel Services which is a division of the Automobile Association), Visit England, Visit Scotland and Visit Wales.
The AA is the British Hospitality Association’s patron supplier for quality rating and assessment within the hospitality industry. The AA's star ratings are broken down into categories based on the different types of hotel in Britain as outlined below.
Hotel: A formal accommodation offering full hotel service.
Country House Hotel: A hotel with ample grounds or gardens set in a rural or semi-rural situation; the property has an emphasis on peace and quiet.
Small Hotel: Smaller establishments having a maximum of 20 bedrooms, and personally run by the proprietor.
Town House Hotel: A high-quality property of distinctive style with a maximum of 50 bedrooms, set in a town or city centre; possibly no dinner but room service is available instead.
Metro Hotel: A town or city property providing full hotel services except dinner, close to a range of places to eat.
The AA hotel star ratings are based on the following percentages:
30-46% - One Star Rating
47-54% - Two Star Rating
55-69% - Three Star Rating
70-84% - Four Star Rating
85-100% - Five Star Rating
In addition to standard 'Black Stars', every year hotels that significantly exceed expectations within their star classification are recognised with either 'Silver Stars' and above that 'Red Stars' as follows:
Highly Recommended Silver Stars are awarded to hotels that provide superior levels of quality, high standards of hotel keeping in particular hospitality, service and cleanliness and hold an AA Rosette award for the quality of their food.
Inspector Choice Red Stars are awarded to hotels that stand out as the very best in the British Isles, regardless of style. These hotels offer excellent levels of quality throughout, outstanding levels of hospitality and service. Red Stars are awarded on annual basis in September.
4 Star hotels must meet the following criteria:
(in addition to the requirement at the 3 Star level)
5 Star hotels must meet the following criteria:
(in addition to the requirement at the 4 Star level)
Further detail on the AA's UK hotel star rating system can be found on their website on the following page https://www.theaa.com/hotel-services/ratings-and-awards
The Nare has been the highest rated hotel in Cornwall for the last 30 years according to The AA. It is one of only two AA 5 star hotels in Cornwall and the only five star country house hotel.
Steeped in tradition and seaside charm find out what makes The Nare a leading country house hotel
The Nare doesn't chase awards but works with prestigious partners who promote quality not awards
Nestled in a secluded bay, The Nare enjoys stunning sea views overlooking Carne beach