Methodology & definitions
1. LE SCOPE RATINGS
The aim of Le Scope’s ratings is to give our users a pertinent idea of the level of comfort offered by a particular hotel.
This rating is calculated using a formula which combines several elements: the hotel’s average room price, the cost of living in the country where the hotel is based, travel guide ratings, information on whether the hotel belongs to a prestigious hotel chain like Leading Hotels of the World or Relais & Châteaux, and, finally – and something that cannot be ignored in this equation – satisfaction ratings that travellers have supplied our partners with.
At first it may seem strange that the average price of a stay in the hotel plays a role when calculating hotel comfort, but this has to be put into perspective in relation with the traveller’s satisfaction ratings. The reasoning behind it is this: the more expensive a hotel is and the more satisfied its clients are, the more comfortable the hotel is.
In light of this, we have been careful to eliminate from our site all hotels with a client satisfaction rating of less than 7 out of 10. Generally, therefore, the hotels that we have retained have a client satisfaction rating of 8 out of 10 or higher.
We therefore combine all of the reviews of a hotel to obtain one sole rating.
A hotel rated 10 out of 10 will be a highly luxurious establishment, generally a palace, offering a wide range of facilities – a spa, a swimming pool or a gourmet restaurant, for example – as well as a wide range of services, such as a 24h reception service or 24h room service.
On the other hand, a hotel rated 5 out of 10 on our site will often be a charming, non-pretentious hotel that still manages to offer you a pleasant stay.
Another possibility: Two hotels situated in the same town, found within the same price range and given the same rating in the travel guides may have different ratings depending on the client satisfaction ratings they have been given. Through combining our rating criteria, we are therefore able to keep ourselves updated on what’s going on inside a certain hotel and how it is evolving in terms of quality.
Thanks to Le Scope’s ratings, it is easy to find a fair reflection of whether a hotel is offering value for money.
2. CLASSIFICATION OF HOTELS by STYLE
Our hotels fall into the following three categories:
Design Hotels: Hotels that stand out for their design features. It could be a completely avant-garde establishment, based on highly refined features or innovative concepts, or maybe a hotel that’s design has been entrusted to a talented designer who, inspired by materials, colours or furniture from different origins, has chosen to invent their own unique style - maybe even something totally glam-baroque!
Modern Hotels: Hotels that define their era, favouring design that achieves comfort. From art deco hotels to modern hotels such as the Park Hyatt, the modern style hotel possesses discretion – or even a certain efficiency – that constitutes its charm. Its favoured materials are wood, stone, leather and velvet.
Classic Hotels: A historic hotel, or one inspired by history, where the layout aims to give a traditional feel to the place. The furniture can be stylish or indeed original period pieces, depending on the hotel. For country guest houses the inspiration behind them could manifest itself in the form of flowery materials or wrought iron. Its atmosphere promotes a love of classic values, suspended in time.
Some establishments deftly jungle different styles, or indeed surf with dexterity on the boundary between two styles. We therefore attempt to categorise such hotels according to their general ambiance, not restricting ourselves to solitary details in the design or what a small number of rooms may offer.
Meanwhile, in the hotel lists the “Exceptional design” filter aims to shed more light on a hotel’s design features. This option focuses on the specific charm that a hotel exudes, whatever its style.
If you have no preconceived ideas about what type of style you’re looking for, and you are an aesthete who likes to be surprised, this is without doubt the best option for you.
3. CLASSIFICATION OF HOTELS by TYPE
Depending on its size and its status a hotel will fall into one of the following categories:
Apartments: This classification can apply to independent flats for short stays and with hotel service or to a hotel made up of several flats and operating almost like a normal hotel. Often offering very few services but generally more space than a hotel room and, above all, with kitchenette included, this type of establishment is particularly suitable for families or for long stays.
Guest houses: This is when the owner of a house or an apartment welcomes travellers into their establishment. Although more convivial and personal than classic hotels, guest houses often don’t have the same level of standardised service or facilities (generally, for example, there is no 24h reception or bar).
Boutique Hotels: This term refers to any hotel with less than 50 rooms. Originally, Boutique Hotels were small establishments possessing a high element of creativity, and their owners, often designers or second hand goods dealers, would leave the decorative objects in the rooms up for sale. In light of this, the term now refers to small hotels offering a limited but highly personalised service.
Hotels: This refers to hotels which have between 50 and 100 rooms. With their size generally acting as a plus, these hotels are big enough to offer certain facilities (a restaurant or a bar, for example) but not too big to offer a personalised service.
Grand Hotels: Refers to hotels with more than 100 rooms. In a way, The Grand Hotel is to the hotel industry what a French brassiere is to the restaurant industry: a place that is always full of life, with a touch of anonymity allows you to be able to watch the world go by.
Very Grand Hotels: The superlative version of a Grand Hotel, this refers to hotels with more than 250 rooms. If anonymity is at its pinnacle here, the element of wonder that these types of hotel possess – hotels often found in the form of high rise buildings or large resorts - allows for many benefits, notably as regards services, facilities and often price.
Private Islands, Rural Retreats, Villas and Lodges: Every country has its own type of accommodation. If lodges are the prerogative of the African plains or of mountainous regions, private islands are more prevalent in the Seychelles or in the Maldives.