25 percent of all star classifications for hotels in Germany are fake says a recent tv media report of the German ZDF. Many of them are not awarded by the DEHOGA, the official German hotel and restaurant association. Some of the hotels said that the star certifications are based on an “internal” classification of the hotel group. Others did not renew their star rating as they should every three years. The report also investigates into the official rating of the DEHOGA and found many hotels that did not comply to the standards. Critics argued that in many cases the association is too indulgent towards their own members. Three stars in Germany, for example, requires an attached bathroom to the room. Some of the hotels did not have it in every room. Star rating in Germany is done according to a fixed list of equipment criteria. Some kind of quality management is not required.
- The German TV report in the ZDF mediathek (may expire sometime)
- The system of star categories explained