7-Star Hotels are hotels with the highest level of luxury available in the world. Officially there is no classification for 7-star hotels and the term 7-Star Hotel has often been rather described as a marketing stunt than a hotel classification or rating, as it is not appointed by a specific institution according to openly agreed on criteria.
In the recent past, hotels have acclaimed this title themselves in order to differentiate themselves further and find words to describe an excessive, sumptuous amount of luxury, not to be found in traditional five-star hotels. Although no guidelines exist – being located in a building of high significance or representation to the area it is located is a commonality among 7-star hotels (i.e. not seen being used for or smaller-scale boutique hotels, resorts, or hostels).
Most famously known as a 7 Star Hotel, is the Burj Al Arab, operated by the Jumeirah Group. Recently companies have begun setting up criteria for 7-star hotels – though their classification is still not widely accepted in the hospitality industry.