I'm working in the tourism industry near Nice and I would like to inform people that the number of star about a hotel is not specially a proof of quality
according a survey, 80% choose a hotel according the number of star but 90% do not know, how do hotel get "stars"
= you get stars, according the size of the lobby, rooms and basic equiments (phone in room, disabled equipment...)
and never about if the hotel is cleaned or not, modern, if there is a spa, or service (valet parking, staff for your lugage, internet wifi...) or front office open 24h....
it's true, it's the same classification since may be 20 or 30 years and start to be out of fashion and equipment as internet is request now for guests but not necessary to get stars
this classification is changing with now hotel 5 stars in France and with another listing of equipments requested
until now, 4 stars category was huge about the quality
from palace at 5 000 euros per night to a bad (or good) building at 70 euros per night
sometimes you can read many tourists complaint about an hotel and were not happy after their holiday because they chose a hotel according stars or the rate :ex: I was in a 4 star hotel and it was dirty for instance, or the building was older....
People said this hotel is not a 3 star hotels about quality....there is no sense = you can say it's not a good value but do not mention number of star because it's not depending the quality
I advise always to check on internet many comments about few hotels before to book one
check on : trip advisor, booking, venere, expedia.... comments and you will find a good idea at what you will except
you could find a lovely 2 or 3 stars hotel at a cheaper rater instead of a bad 4 star hotels
or you will see if it's a good idea to pay 200 or 400 euros for a 4 star hotels
do not trust specially the number of star or the rate BUT check comments
of course, if there are only 2 or 3 comments about one hotel, it's not a guarantee of quality (because a friend of the owner can wrote a review to help business) (50 or 100 comments, it is very good to have an idea)
also, if you are looking for a hotel in French Riviera, do not forget to check B&B because we have many here around Nice (saint paul, antibes, eze..) at about 100-150 euros per night with a very good quality and all hotels services, sometimes pool....
have a good choice