Tuesday, March 29, 2011

6 or 7- star hotel?


Until very recently, we thought a 5-star hotel was the highest classification in the hotel range but in the last couple of years some 6 and 7-star hotels have appeared in the tourism sector. Here you can find a list of this sort of hotels. Obvioulsy these hotels offer luxurious accommodation only within the reach of a few as most people can´t afford to stay in them.
But what do you think a 6 or 7-star hotel is? What can it offer that other hotels don´t? Please leave your comments.
Below I have included a video of one of those 7-star hotels built in Dubai:

18 comments:

Aurora fdez said...

I think that 6 and 7-star hotels provide more services and luxurious accommodation to guests who are looking for new sensations. Obviously, the people who can afford a room are rich and thus, this type of accommodation is not available to all. It is spectacular how an hotel can include those advantages, every detail is carefully studied and guests seem to be excited to be there.

Alicia said...

In my opinion, this is a sample of fragmentation tourism. The hotel has been designed to attend rich turists: in this corporative video we can see that guests are served as the most important people in the world. They want you feel unique and offer lot of luxury amenities. Big companies also can choose this hotel to organize events and meeting, I'm surprised about this issue.

Michael Pedrera said...

Three months ago, I had the opportunity to watch a documentary about the steps in the construction of that amazing building from the beginning until the end of it. It took years working night and day just to satisfy the ambition of one person (I think it was the Prince of that country, I do not remember well).

Nowadays, the hotel offers exquisite services: bedrooms impossible to imagine except in dreams, meticulous decoration in the inside and in the outside and at an unimaginable price. A hotel like that makes a person feel like a King because these kinds of services and treatment do not exist anywhere else. The hotel, as the video says, goes beyond beauty and detail and it is a tribute to success.

A 5-star hotel cannot offer equal services, they can be great and marvelous, but I can say that a 5-star hotel is nothing compared to this 7-star hotel (according to what I watched in the documentary). Personally, I do not like that kind of luxury; I believe it is unnecessary and so expensive. I want to finish saying that it seems quite hypocritical that there is a hotel like that in a country where most of the population is starving or in very bad conditions.

Cynthia Triviño said...

I agree with Michael, I can’t understand how can exist a place like this in a country where nearby you find children starving to death. But it is a global hypocrisy, since it is happens all over the world in many countries. This kind of hotel seems to express how incredible is to be rich, does not matter at the cost of what. I personally wonder how they have a clear conscience. I do not like this kind of luxury; it seems to me almost insulting.

Luis Miguel said...

I think this kind of accomodation it's a type of tourism by itself. People who can afford economically these hotels are not going to that place to visit the city/country, but for relaxing at the hotel. It´s more like a spa and leisure centre, where the real importance of the travel is the building itself, not the country or touristic places there could be; In addition, as other bloggers have previous said, most of these hotels are placed in the middle of poverty where people have nothing but hunger. It's sad that poor people have to die in order to rich people can go to these hotels, due to actual globalization of the world.

Inmaculada said...

From my point of view, 6 and 7 hotels stars, able to offer superior services to other less star hotel. The design of these buildings are fantastic and original in many cases.
Seven star hotels are an exception, a classification that goes beyond the normal range of hotels worldwide. The characteristics of a seven-star hotel is above international hotels, the rooms are not the most normal, but have a high percentage of large double suites that can reach high prices. To enjoy such luxuries need much money, which is not for everyone, only for the rich.

Carmen said...

I think these buildings, architecturally speaking, are a work of art. However, I believe that the cost and luxury are excessive, bearing in mind that especially in those countries where they are built the money spent on them could be used much more noble purposes.

María de los Ángeles said...

Hello, my name is María de los Ángeles Cepeda Delgado. I am studying at the university of Huelva (Spain)and my teacher, María Luisa Ochoa,recommended us to see this wonderful video.

This video offers the reality of Tourism nowadays. I, as a student of the degree LADE-Turismo, would like to post my opinion about this kind of hotels.

First of all, just to say that these hotels have been designed for rich people who are looking for the best acomodation and service all over the world.

According to the hotel presented on the video, we can say that it has been designed to attend rich guests. It is a luxurious 6 and 7-star hotel that offers the best service for turists.

If we focus on the comparisons between this 6 and 7-star hotel and a 4 and 5-star hotel, we can see several differences. One of them is, for instance, the treat people receive when arriving at the hotel, that is to say, they are very welcome since the very first moment they arrive at such hotel. Besides, guests receive attention in every moment, in every thing they need, etc; as well as all the details, that this kind of hotel presents, that allow guests to have a wonderful stay; whereas 4 and 5-star hotels also provide a great acomodation but it is not as wonderful as the other hotels are, that is to say, 4 and 5-star hotels do not offer personalized service in every moment. That does not mean that they are not attended, but their attention is not as personalized as the one that 6 and 7-star hotels offer.

oleconoleyola said...

hello! my name's julian, and I'm pupil of Maria Luisa at University of Huelva.

I'm so impressed by the video. I don't belive that this type of hotel exist... :O

It has an excepcional staff with a lot of types of services:

When you arrive to the hall, you're welcome with perfume or a cup of tea by hotel's staff...

Then, in youre exceptional bethroom, you could fine a coctail or a bathroom with the perfect temperature of water...

Later, in the kitchen, you could eat a delicious plates by the tops chefs of Dubai while staff could to take you our lunch in the bethroom and you will be petrified by ice sculptures...

Finally in the gym you will have a personal trainer or enjoy with excellents Dubai's views.


From my point of view,Huelva wouldn't welcome this type of hotels. First place, I don't construct 6 or 7 starts hotel because there aren't people with a lot of sumes of money that could book in it. But I think that it's a good option for attrack rich people for Huelva's tourism. But It's cost much money, we will would need an wealthy constructor for it.

Nicolás Alberto said...

After all, it’s a business. There are wealthy people who can afford whatever they want it. So the main aim for these hotels is to cover this market offering high luxury amenities. I understand this could be considered unnecessary cost and I agree, but they can afford, it’s like some our costs... We can avoid, but how we can afford… so I agree with Cynthia, it is a global hypocrisy.

Wir machen aus Zitronen eine Brause. said...

I have read a bit about the classification, because I was curious.
There are two systems for rating. Common is a classification of Hotels in 5 stars. This makes the Hotelstars Union. There is also another Society, the Société Générale de Surveillance. They award up to 7 stars.

There is only one hotel in the world with 7 stars and this is in Milan. The hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi advertise with 7 stars. But they are not classified by the Society. I think this is very important to know.

And that's why I can not really say much. But I think in a 5 star hotel you will feel like a prince. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi you can feel like a king. Probably one read there all the guest needs directly from the head and not from the eyes :).

Ana Isabel Infante Muñoz said...

In my opinion hotels with 6-7Stars are those which have the highest type of accomodations and services.
Every need the guests have are taken care of. If you want tranquility you can find tranquility,you can have the most equiped gyms, Spas. If you need to do business you have areas for meeting events with all your needs covered.

Ana Isabel Infante Muñoz said...

In my opinion hotels with 6-7 Stars are those which have the highest type of accomodations and services.
Every need the guests have are taken of. If you want tranquility you can find tranquility, you can have the most equiped gyms, spas. If you need to do business you have areas for meeting events with all your needss covered.
And room service is opened 24/7.

Ana Isabel Infante Muñoz said...

In my opinion hotels with 6-7 stars are those which have the highest type of accomodatons and services.
Every need the guests have are taken care of. If you want tranquility you can find tranquility ,you can have the most equiped gyms, spas. If you need to do business you have areas of meeting events with all your needs covered.
And room service is opened 24/7.

maria_la_isla_ said...

In my opinion It's a great idea to have more than just 5 stars hotels. If a Hotel is able to provide services that 5 stars are not providing it is normal to have more stars than then.By other hand I also think that stars must be regulated in all countries, so you can know what kind of services you will have and how good could be the hotel.

cristina_mm510 said...

Hi, I'm Cristina Muñoz Muñoz, I'm student of Maria Luisa Ochoa.
This video is awesome, I did not believe there was such hotels, but Dubai is known for its wonderful hotels.
The hotel is beautiful, and superb services, but all this luxury must be paid, why are so expensive. It's spectacular the source you have in the hall, is something that tourists are not expected.
We must also mention your location, looks like an island because it is surrounded by water and has beautiful views. In short, the hotel is wonderful, too bad that only a privileged few can make use of it.

pk_isa said...

Obviously this kind of hotel is not for all type of tourist,because only a few can enjoy of this luxury and accommodations. I don't know if this clasification (6 or 7 stars) really takes place, because I think the higer clasification is luxury, but 6 or 7 stars is not officially aproved.
In my opinion, I think it's a very good idea, because tourism sector is very open, and I think it must cover all market segments.

Danica said...

There are people who have the money to make it, therefore there are people who can afford it. I think that 6 and 7-star hotels offer everything like a 5-star hotel, only in more luxurious package concentrating only on the richest people.