In case you missed it, there’s a seven-star resort coming to an Austrian treetop near you. No word on if it’s being inspected by the Lil’ Rascals to make sure it has adequate clubhouse space and “No Girls Allowed” signage since to literally everyone in the world’s knowledge no official rating system exists for tree houses. But it makes one wonder: If a treehouse can claim it has seven stars, can any old hotel do it too?
The Burj-al-Arab in Dubai famously claimed it was the world’s first and only seven-star hotel, but a quick look at Google reviews gives it a paltry four and a half. So who’s telling the truth here, and who is basing stars on nothing more than marketing copy/guests with a remote control battery vendetta? We set out to get to the bottom of the ever-ambiguous hotel rating system, read through some lengthy reports, and now offer up this handy explainer to how the whole thing works.