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Gradings explained

The AA & Quality in Tourism (QiT)  |  Quality in Cornwall  St Ives Accommodation Charter

The AA & Quality in Tourism - Accommodation Quality Gradings explained 

Some of the accommodation featured on this website has been quality assessed so you can make your choice confidently knowing that each establishment has been graded according to the quality on offer, and complies with either Quality in Tourism and/or the AA. Therefore you can be assured that the standards and choice are right for you.

Serviced Accommodation

There are two separate schemes - one for hotels and one for B&Bs and guest houses. Hotel categories include: hotel, country house hotel, small hotel, town house hotel, metro hotel. Hotels are required to be licensed, offer dinner on at least five nights per week (unless a metro hotel) with all rooms having en-suites or private bathrooms. Guest accommodation categories include: guest accommodation, bed & breakfast, guest house, farmhouse, inn, restaurant with rooms (no star rating).

Accolades - Gold and Silver Awards

These accolades are awarded to hotels and guest houses / B&Bs and recognise exceptional quality in all areas, particularly in service and hospitality.

AA Red Star Hotels

From large luxury hotels to snug country inns, red star hotels are the best in the UK. They are selected from each of the star rating levels for their exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service.

AA Yellow Stars

AA Yellow Stars recognise the very best guest accommodation within the 3-5 star rating.


Self catering includes the categories self catering, serviced apartments, approved caravan holiday home. Assessments are carried out on the general layout and design of the accommodation taking into account the comfort of both bedrooms and bathrooms. Quality and range of kitchen equipment is assessed and, most important of all, cleanliness. Individual caravan holiday homes are assessed to ensure they provide clean and comfortable accommodation, gaining approved caravan holiday home status.

Touring and Camping Parks

These star ratings reflect the overall quality of the park ranging from 1-5 stars or pennants if awarded by the AA.

Holiday Parks

These star ratings reflect the overall quality of the park facilities ranging from 1-5 stars or pennants if awarded by the AA.

Other Schemes

National Accessible Scheme (NAS). If you have particular mobility, visual or hearing needs, look out for theNational Accessible Scheme logos. Properties and attractions displaying these symbols will have met the National Accessible scheme criteria.

Walkers and Cyclists Welcome. Offers facilities for walkers or cyclists.

Families Welcome. If you are planning a break with the family, look out for the Families Welcome scheme awarded to businesses that provide facilities and services for families of varying ages and combinations and information to help make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable.

Welcome Pets. Provides facilities specifically for your pet and provides information to help make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable.

 Quality in Cornwall

Quality in Cornwall is the first Recognised Local Accommodation Inspection Scheme launched in partnership with VisitCornwall, Cornwall's Official Tourist Board.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage smaller and often high quality holiday accommodation businesses to join an inspection scheme, by providing a lower cost alternative to the National Quality Assessment Schemes. This will enable these smaller accommodation businesses the opportunity to demonstrate that they are providing quality accommodation, as well as having the increased marketing opportunities available to members of inspection schemes.

Quality in Cornwall provides visitors with confidence to book safe in the knowledge that the accommodation has been visited by an independent, trained inspector who has established that it is Legal, Safe and Clean.

For more information

Quality in Cornwall - 01726 870115

The AA - 01256 844455

Quality in Tourism - 08453006996

 St Ives Accommodation Charter

Visit St Ives Information Centre Accommodation Charter is not a quality rating but is a self assessment and have signed up to show that they are clean, safe and legal

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