The status of a three star hotel generally implies a decent level of comfort at a price that will not have your bank manager proffering you a box of poison chocolates when you return from your well earned break. You should return relaxed and, hopefully, refreshed. But what should a three star hotel offer you as a general standard across the board?
Well, certainly all room should be en-suite. There should be no question of humping your holiday luggage up five flights of creaky stairs to a room no bigger than a pygmy's postage stamp. One or more elevators that run to every floor are a decent guide to a three star property.
There should certainly be an onsite dining room and bar, and these should be open to both guests and local s alike. Nothing guarantees a restaurant's popularity more than when it is well patronised by the local population.
Staff should be well turned out and presentable at all times, from the reception manager to the room cleaning staff. They don't have to look like supermodels, but a uniform level of smartness conveys an air of pride and professionalism in any establishment.
If you are abroad in a country with anything like a warm climate, then an outdoor pool should also be on site.
Many of these might be closed down in the winter season but, in general, the pool area should be clean, and of a half decent size. Furnishings may not be luxurious, but you should expect simple and comfortable tables, chairs and loungers. Outdoor waiter service is unlikely, but some places do offer it.
Expect basic internet facilities that are not of a business centre quality, and possibly wi-fi in areas such as the lobby and main lounge. Although you cannot be sure if your room will offer an internet connection, it is always worth asking if you need it.
Any evening entertainment will be most likely low key. They may be beneficial in the end, as often the popular local talent will be your evening entertainment. Take earplugs just in case- reception will definitely not have them. Your evenings can be spent sampling the local offerings, such as the local wine.
Car parking should be at hand, and reasonably secure. The person on duty at the front desk should also have a good knowledge of good- as well as safe- local bars and restaurants to visit, whatever the hour of the night or day.