Famed Michelin Guide will now start rating HOTELS with key emblems as it expands beyond restaurants

Famed Michelin Guide will now start rating HOTELS with key emblems as it expands beyond restaurants

  • Michelin will soon assign keys to hotels worthy of praise across the world 
  • The news was revealed at an event in Paris on Thursday, October 5
  • The service will launch in 2024, officials said in a press release 

Michelin Guide is expanding from recommending prestigious restaurants to now also designating ‘Michelin Key’ hotels that are worthy of patronage. 

In a press release Thursday, Michelin Guide officials announced the new system of recognizing incredible hotels around the world, which will launch in 2024. 

‘The MICHELIN Key is a clear, reliable indication for travelers,’ said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guide. 

It is unknown if the system will follow a similar one, two, or three rating. For restaurants, one star equals a ‘very good restaurant’ while three equals ‘exceptional.’ 

‘Just as the MICHELIN Star distinguishes those restaurants that are at the peak of their art, the MICHELIN Key recognizes the most exceptional hotels throughout the world,’ Poullennec said. 

The keys will be based on five criteria: local character, individuality, excellence in architecture and design, top service and comfort, and a consistent value-for-price.

Michelin Guide is expanding from recommending prestigious restaurants to now also designating ‘Michelin Key’ hotels that are worthy of patronage

It is unknown if the system will follow a similar one, two, or three rating. For restaurants, one star equals a 'very good restaurant' while three equals 'exceptional'

It is unknown if the system will follow a similar one, two, or three rating. For restaurants, one star equals a ‘very good restaurant’ while three equals ‘exceptional’ 

According to an Instagram story posted Thursday morning, the Michelin Key represents ‘opening doors to great experiences.’ 

In a statement, Poullennec added that the Michelin Key is ‘also an acknowledgment of the teamwork of committed enthusiastic hospitality professionals.’

For comparison, the Michelin Star represents ‘gastronomic excellence for gourmets around the world.’  

The first round of Michelin Key hotels will be announced in 2024 from a preselected list of some 5,300 hotels already included on the Michelin Guide. 

The 5,300 hotels in contention span 120 countries across the globe. 

The Michelin Keys will be awarded by a panel of Michelin judges who anonymously stay at the hotels prior to the release of the first list.  

Additionally, Poullennec said that Michelin’s staff judges will pay their bills. 

He said this is to ensure that there is no ‘commercial bias.’ 

Regardless of which hotels first receive keys, all of the hotels will be bookable on the Michelin Guide website which connects travelers with memorable lodging. 

‘In an industry saturated with questionably trustworthy endorsements, the Michelin Guide offers its expertise to travelers to guide them toward only the very best experiences,’ it said in a press release. 

According to an Instagram story posted Thursday morning, the Michelin Key represents 'opening doors to great experiences'

According to an Instagram story posted Thursday morning, the Michelin Key represents ‘opening doors to great experiences’

For comparison, the Michelin Star represents 'gastronomic excellence for gourmets around the world'

For comparison, the Michelin Star represents ‘gastronomic excellence for gourmets around the world’

'The MICHELIN Key is a clear, reliable indication for travelers,' said Gwendal Poullennec (pictured)  International Director of the Michelin Guide

‘The MICHELIN Key is a clear, reliable indication for travelers,’ said Gwendal Poullennec (pictured)  International Director of the Michelin Guide

The Michelin Key list will be updated yearly, much like the Michelin Star system. 

‘The MICHELIN Guide teams are currently in the field and will reveal the first MICHELIN Key selection in the first half of 2024,’ officials wrote. 

Travelers looking to take advantage of the Michelin Guide can do so here

The website and mobile app recommends hotels and lodgings based on city or locale, dates, and other criteria chosen by the searcher.