What do the star ratings mean?

Every country has its own star-rating scheme and although they are similar, they aren’t the same. The stars invariably relate to the number of facilities provided, so you might not get a swimming pool on a two-star site, but you should on a four-star site.

Where confusion often arises is in assuming that a four-star site will be run more efficiently than a two-star one. Management quality and facilities do often go together because nobody invests heavily in a state-of-the-art swimming pool, bar, restaurant and hot food take-away, only to allow the site to fail due to poor management. But equally I’ve seen fairly basic two-star sites that are cleaner and better run than a five-star hotel.

The best advice I can offer is to stick to sites that are members of a big marketing organisation like Castel Camping, Kawan or Camping Cheque. These sites have got to the size they are by taking visitor comfort seriously.

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