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Used to classify a hotel or restaurant.
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The stars tag is used to describe the classification of a hotel or restaurant.


There is no worldwide standard on the classification of hotels. The European Hotelstars Union has defined criteria which are used in several Central European countries. Other countries have their own standards (defined e.g. by the government or by a hotel association), but most of these standards use a range of 1 to 5 stars. Some hotels around the world claim to have 6 or even 7 stars.

European Hotelstars Union levels:

☆S Superior Tourist
☆☆ Standard
☆☆S Superior Standard
☆☆☆ Comfort
☆☆☆S Superior Comfort
☆☆☆☆ First Class
☆☆☆☆S Superior First Class
☆☆☆☆☆ Luxury
☆☆☆☆☆S Superior Luxury

Examples for this tag:


Note: using numbers is a de-facto standard in OpenStreetMap. However, there has not been a discussion yet on how to tag the intermediate levels (e.g. "☆☆☆☆☆ Superior", "☆☆☆ Plus").

See also


The Michelin Guide is a restaurant guide that is available for several regions around the world. Very good restaurants receive 1 to 3 Michelin stars (in fact, the stars are awarded to the chefs of the restaurant). These restaurants can be tagged with the stars tag. Please use the most current edition of the Michelin Guide as a reference. Please don't tag restaurants with stars=0, as this value is implied.

Note: This feature was never voted upon and the system has a big problem: it is reserving a generic key for a specific brand. There is a better way to tag this: the key award:<system>=*. See here for more info: Proposed_features/Awards_and_ratings

Other classifications

There are other classifications that do not use star symbols, such as the diamond rating published by the AAA. All kind of award systems and ratings can be mapped by using this proposal: Proposed_features/Awards_and_ratings.


Currently, neither Mapnik nor Osmarender display stars in any way. Renderers could display small yellow stars behind the hotel or restaurant name at high zoom levels. OSM Query renders stars as black unicode stars under the hotel name.