The Monaco Official Gazette published a list of hotels of the Principality, which meet the requirements of the French hotel classification system. Now there are 2 two-star, 5 three-star, 5 four-star and 3 five-star hotels in Monaco.
The new classification was not without unpleasant surprises, for example the Hermitage Hotel that has held five stars for many years, lost one of the stars and moved down to the four-star category. "It's sort of an administrative misunderstanding", - said Michelle Szabo, the chief sales officer of SBM group. The reason for this move is simple: in contrast to the French standards, according to Monaco hotel classification five stars are given to the hotels with no more than 200 rooms, while the Hermitage Hotel has 280.
Receiving a 5-star status is not considered an absolute advantage, especially among business travelers. For example, some national laws prohibit holding of conference activities and medical congresses at the hotels of such level. For the Fairmont and Méridien hotels, which are the major players in the tourism industry, a four-star status has become a kind of strategic choice.
According to the administrative order on August 4, 2010, a four-star status was given to Monaco's Port Palace Hotel , the Hermitage Hotel, Le Meridien Beach Plaza Monte-Carlo, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort and the Fairmont Monte-Carlo. The Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, the Metropole Monte-Carlo and the Hotel de Paris received a five-star status.