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Classification of Hotel Standards in Brazil

It might exist an international classification or rating of hotels´ standard, but in the reality each country practice a differentiated classification. In Brazil the hotel standards vary quite a lot, but Packtours has made a selection of hotels and defined its classification in five categories:

TOURIST category for simple needs
Most hotels (guest houses) in this category are housed in residences or small buildings, have few facilities / equipments, and absent or very light infrastructure for leisure. In our selection, all hotels have rooms with private bathroom (if nothing else is mentioned), serve breakfast and have at least one common telephone.

COMFORT category for moderate needs
The hotels in this category have better finishing and the service is more attentive. There might be several kinds of accommodations which in general are good equipped. The rooms are supposed to have telephone, AC, minibar, safety-box and TV.

SUPERIOR category for greater needs
The hotels in this category are generally well planned and there are no signs of improvisation. The rooms´ decoration and furnishing are standardized. These hotels are supposed to have in-house restaurant, 24-hours room service, bell boy, concierge service and bilingual staff at the front desk.

FIRST CLASS category for high demands
The hotels in this category are very well planned with a great infrastructure for leisure or business. The guest rooms are standardized and very well equipped. These hotels are supposed to have accessories in the rooms (hair dryer, bathrobe, soaps, international TV channels, etc) and several value added services like a convenience store, laundry service, business center and service for leisure.

DELUXE category for the highest demands
This is the most sophisticated hotel category with the best services. The finishing of all environments is of excellent quality. There are few hotels in this category in Brazil, only some hotels in Rio de Janeiro and in Sao Paulo, and also some resorts that may fulfill the requirements.

Most hotels have more than one type of room. In general the hotels define the rooms in: Standard rooms (the most simple category), Superior rooms, and Deluxe rooms. Some hotels may also have options of Suites. The differences between the room types are normally the room’s size, decoration, equipment and the view. In the initial proposal that Packtours normally send to the requester, refers to an accommodation in each hotel’s simplest room (standard room). Standard rooms may have a simple decoration and view of a backyard or some forest. To make clear that the hotel’s room fulfill your expectation, please consult Packtours, you may choose a room with higher standard, i.e. with view of the swimming pool area or the sea. NOTE: Divergences of this classification might be found, see each hotel’s description.