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No one can claim he/she has not stayed in a hotel at least once in life. For those travelling for business, pleasure or for that matter, any other reason, hotels have come to become home away from their homes. The word hotel has originated from French, which referred to townhouse before being known universally as it is today.

However, many people have never stayed in a backpackers hostel. Why do some travellers prefer hotels over budget hostel accommodation when they both provide basically the same service of nightly lodgings? Apart from other regular guest services that hotels provide, you can also plan your business meetings, conferences or even large conventions in some hotels, which is difficult to do in budget hostel accommodation.

However, these days the locations of budget accommodation in Melbourne are also conveniently located in the city, side-by-side with hotels. This means that guests can experience the same ease of access as those staying in hotels. The real difference lies mainly in the price. Some of the best hostels in Melbourne have private rooms exactly like a hotel but they cost half the price. Not only that, but most hostels or backpackers provide group accommodation in Melbourne.

We understand that some people like to travel luxuriously. However, most travellers come to a city such as Melbourne and will never be in their rooms; they are too busy absorbing the city. That is why the advent of backpackers hostels is perfect in providing a place to sleep for half the price of a hotel. For these types of travellers who want a hostel, Melbourne is a great place to be.

However, we also know there are travellers who need a hotel. There is a wide range of hotels in Melbourne. To help you choose, an international star classification was developed. What Is Star Classification of Hotels? The star classification of hotels indicates the type and quality of service available at any hotel. The enormous explosion of tourism in the last century has necessitated star classification for the benefit of discerning tourist public. International and national tourism agencies along with respective governments rate and classify hotels on a scale of one to five stars. However, if you thought there is a standards body which classifies all the hotels of this world, here, you are in for a surprise. The attempts by interested industry captains have failed thus far and the standardization has been elusive to date.

What Do Star Ratings Mean
Briefly. The ratings mean this: One star: An inexpensive, low budget hotel which may not have maid or room service. Quite affordable by middle class. Two star: Marginally expensive and may have once a day maid service. Three star: A budget hotel which boasts of maid and room service, internet and health club service in addition to having a swimming pool. Four star: Expensive hotels by even middle class travellers; offers many luxury services in addition to afore mentioned services. Five star: Stands testimony to final word in luxury and are very expensive anywhere in the world. They offer countless innovative extras. Some of them boast of private airports and golf courses.
If you thought this was all, sample this. There are some unusual hotels too: 
 · Treehouse hotels
 · Underwater hotels
 · Cave hotels
 · Ice hotels

Hotels are not far behind in records making. For example: Burj-al-Arab, Dubai, is the tallest hotel at 321 meters and the honours for being largest hotel goes to Ambassador City Jomtien with 5100 rooms at Pattaya Thailand.