Top AA-listed hotels in Great Britain and Ireland

12 February 2009 by
Top AA-listed hotels in Great Britain and Ireland

The Caterersearch AA hotel listing gives all the AA's top-rated red-star hotels across all categories in Great Britain and Ireland. The list also includes all the AA-listed five-star properties, whether black or red star.

There are currently 92 five-star AA-listed hotels in the UK, of which the majority are in England. The number of four-star hotels in Britain and Ireland total 771 and 1,697 hotels fall into the three-star category.


Red star (as opposed to black star) hotels represent the most outstanding examples in each star category

One star Staff provide a prompt, polite and informal service. The majority of rooms are en suite and there is a designated eating area serving breakfast everyday and dinner most evenings.

Two star Staff are smartly presented and provide a well-informed service. Rooms are generously proportioned. Breakfast and dinner are available seven days a week.

Three star An ample number of easily identified staff, who are able to anticipate requirements. All rooms have en suite bathrooms. Meals are cooked and presented to a good standard, using good quality ingredients.

Four star Attentive staff provide a very good level of service. At least half of the rooms will have an en suite bath and a shower. At least one restaurant offering a good range of hot and cold skilfully prepared food.

Five star Impeccably dressed staff provide attentive and unobtrusive service. All bedrooms will have an en suite bathroom with a bath and thermostatically controlled shower. Meals are cooked and presented to an excellent standard using high quality ingredients.

View all the AA-listed five-star and five red-star hotels here >>

View all the AA-listed four red-star hotels here >>

View all the AA-listed three red-star hotels here >>

View all the AA-listed two and one red-star hotels here >>

All AA-listed hotels can be found on the AA website.


STARSFiveFourThreeTwoOneTotal (country)
England68 540 1,256 452 9 2,325
Scotland13 75 160 30 0 278
Wales2 26 99 38 0 165
Northern Ireland1 7 15 4 0 27
Irish Republic7 101 136 6 0 250
Channel Islands1 17 28 11 0 57
Isle of Man 0 2 3 1 0 6
Gibraltar 0 3 0 0 0 3
Total (stars)92 771 1,697 542 9 3,111
RegionBudget Hotels
Northern Ireland3
Republic of Ireland7
Under the new common standards, accommodation is assessed under three broad categories: hotel, guest accommodation and budget hotel. Hotels and guest accommodation are both rated using a star system (which carries different criteria for each of the two sectors). Each category is sub-divided into sub-categories depending on the type of accommodation. Budget hotels are assessed but not awarded stars. HOTEL SUB-CATEGORIESHotel: formal accommodation with a full service Country House: peace and quiet with ample grounds or gardens Small Hotel: limited service with a personal touch Town House Hotel: a high-quality distinctive service in a city-centre location Metro Hotel: a full service except dinner, close to town centre restaurants

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