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Its not all in the stars for guests when it comes to comparing the best hotels around Europe. While five stars seems like a fairly straight-forward measurement, hotel and resort ratings arent all created equal as there is no uniform ratings system to keep it simple for tourists.According to research by Previous
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In Great Britain, star ratings focus heavily on customer service, with a hotel not qualifying as a five-star without a greeting at the entrance and multilingual staff, along with a high quality food and wine menu and many other factors. While British standards are agreed by the AA (Automobile Association), VisitBritain, VisitScotland and VisitWales, Frances exacting standards on what makes a five-star hotel – based on rooms, lobbies, services and amenities  – were decided by their tourism authority and are enforced by the French Government. 
A long list of criteria for a five-star hotel in France, such as the Hotel du Louvre in Paris, includes staff speaking English and one other foreign language, valet parking, multiple pools and kids clubs
Standards for Spanish hotels, such as the Hotel Gran Melia Volcan lanzarote, are regulated regionally
Along with opulent interiors, Spains Hotel Alfonso XIII must have a 24-hour concierge service to be five-star FIVE OF THE BEST – FIVE THINGS THAT MAKE HOTELS FIVE-STAR QUALITY?   IN SPAIN Must offer the highest luxurySpecially adapted rooms for wheelchair users and will often provide extra facilities24-hour reception and 24-hour conciergeAward-winning on-site dining facilities Rooms cleaned daily, including fresh towels and bed linen, and a trouser press IN FRANCE Immaculate settingsStaff speak English and one other language Multiple pools, fitness centre, health and spa centres and kids clubs 24-hour room service Satellite television with a good range of channels IN GREAT BRITAINGuests are greeted at the hotel entranceHigh quality menu and wine listLicensed bar or lounge Service with attention to detail and qualityFormal reception and porters desks with uniformed staff offering proactive serviceExtensive range of facilities, including leisure, retail and conference services. IN ITALY  Offer at least three foreign language capabilitiesSingle rooms at least nine square meters and double at least 16 square metersAn elevatorBed sheet and towels changed dailyDaily cleaning and the room to be re-set in the afternoon. Free transfer service for clients and baggage  IN GREAT BRITAINGuests are greeted at the hotel entranceHigh quality menu and wine listLicensed bar or lounge Service with attention to detail and qualityFormal reception and porters desks with uniformed staff offering proactive serviceExtensive range of facilities, including leisure, retail and conference services. Spains five-star hotels are crowned regionally rather than nationally, meaning discrepancies are possible, but to be top of the line a hotel must have 24-hour reception and concierge, award-winning onsite dining facilities and the rooms must be cleaned daily. For the Italians, cleanliness is next to godliness for five-star hotels in their uniform star-rating system established in 2009 – a one-star hotel need only change bed sheets once a week but five-star, youll be pleased to know, have to change them daily. Most hotels in Turkey are inspected by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism while a similar system in compulsory in Portugal and regulated Ministry of Economy and Innovation.  
Italys hotel ratings system, established in 2009, is judged heavily on its standards of cleanliness
Along with its 18th-century design by Alfonso Torregiani, sheets are changed daily in Italian five-star hotels WHAT MATTERS MOST TO GUESTS Free Wi-Fi 65%English-speaking staff 53%Swimming pool 48%Guest parking 41$-hour reception 40%A safe in the room 39%Laundry and ironing services 11%Concierge services 9%Childrens club 7%A minibar in the room 7%A computer in the room 7%Step-free access 6%Fresh flowers/ present (e.g. chocolates) in the room on arrival 4%Sewing kit/ shoe polish kit in the room 4%Source:  As a member of HOTREC (Hotels, Restaurants & Cafés in Europe), Greek accommodation has complied with their classification system since 2013 with star ratings covering a combination of 270 compulsory and optional measurements.With such differences, Hotels4u.coms commercial manager Tim Bekir recommends tourists use a combination of peer and official review systems when making travel choices. When booking a hotel, its important to be as well informed as possible and confident with your choice, says Hotels4u.coms Commercial Manager Tim Bekir.Understandably, customers may sometimes find star ratings confusing. The Italian government, for example, have implemented a system that rates cleanliness as one of the most important aspects with the highest rated hotels being cleaned twice a day. France, on the other hand, focuses on more luxury and conveniences, such as room size, the location of the hotel and its amenities.Despite the variances, star ratings do give a good indication of the standard of the hotel. Thats why wed encourage using both peer-to-peer reviews and star ratings for the best hotel choice.                 

Loved accept stronger sick

A teenager has received support from around the world after he revealed his father had called his coming out as gay worse than death.Vancouver-born Tyler, 15, posted the Facebook conversation he had had with his dad on his Tumblr account, in which he is told that news of his sexuality is an embarrassment.He reveals that he first told his news to his sisters, who were extremely supportive, and then came out to his mother, before telling his father.
Tyler, a 15-year-old from Vancouver, came out to his father and has posted his reaction on social mediaIn response to Tylers news, his father wrote back: ‘We took care of you since you were a baby. We loved you, took care of you when you’re sick. Lost many days and nights in all your fifteen years.Now this is what we get in return, shame and embarrassment.He continued: If only you didnt reject God and His teachings in your life you could have been strong enough to stay from evil and scums that surrounds you. Stay away.
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In further messages, perhaps in response to Tylers Tumblr post, his father went on: Take out your post from social media.You embarrass me from all the people I knew. Im going to puke. Whatever you do it reflects on me. People will ridicule me, insult me, and I might turn out to be a criminal. I have enough of all this bulls***.
A fathers reaction to his 15-year-old son coming out as gay has been documented in this Facebook conversation thats sweeping the internet 
Tylers father responded to the news with the words: Im going to puke and this is worse than deathHe concluded: You are trying to ruin me. This is worse than death.Discussing his fathers messages in an interview with Huffington Post B.C., Tyler, who lives with his aunts, said: I’m hoping there’s still the possibility that he could change, even if it takes a while.‘Maybe he could accept me, because that’s all I want… I just want him to be there for me.’ On his Twitter account, Tyler has posted two pictures of himself and his boyfriend, one of which is mom tells me not to be so public with my bf. I say f*** it. Tyler, who shared his story to highlight the issue, has received plenty of support on social media.Puddlington wrote: Mate, from the other side of the Atlantic, be proud of how you are born. Hope everything comes around with your dad.Katerina added: Your father is ignorant and he needs some education on many matters, bc I suppose he is not so narrow minded only regarding this.
Tyler, who shared his story to highlight the issue, has received plenty of support on social mediaNaithom posted: Im so sorry for the way your dads handling the situation. Please surround yourself w/ people who love & care for you as you are.Marshall Moore wrote Tyler a message of support: Just read about your story. Different generation but I still get it. Stay strong and please dont give up on yourself. Love wins.He added in a separate post: Every time I see a story like this, I foam at the mouth. The world shouldve moved on by now. Obviously it hasnt.Another user, called Goddess, added: Just read about your story and I think you are very brave and I hope this makes you a stronger person. Namaste… 
Tyler re-tweeted a succession of supportive messages from strangers and friends alike
The teen was applauded for his bravery by users on Twitter
Strangers reached out to him on the social network, offering words of advice and support
This Is Worse Than Death: B.C. Dad Reacts To His Son Coming Out