When you are looking for the right hotel on AppleVacations.com, you will notice we use our own ratings system as a guide to the hotels we sell, in an effort to give our customers as much information as possible to make the best hotel choice. I will often get asked, “What is the difference between a 2 Apple hotel and a 6 Apple hotel? What is a “Red” Apple versus a “Golden” Apple? What does a + sign mean? How do I know which is the best hotel for my needs?”. Here’s how I respond.
When a resort is rated with more Apples, you can expect a better quality of accommodations, amenities and services. The red Apple rating is selected by our own staff of experts who are knowledgeable and can compare one resort against the standards of all the other resorts in a given destination. Therefore, a 5 Apple in Cancun may be rated against different standards than a 5 Apple in The Bahamas. When you see the + sign, that means the hotel offers slightly superior amenities than other hotels in the same category.
A “Golden” Apple has earned the added prestige of consistently ranking the highest on our customer satisfaction surveys. The Golden rating truly reflects our customers’ experiences at a given resort on a consistent basis.
Now, how can you choose the resort that is right for you, based on its Apple rating? I have friends who only care to have a bed to sleep in, a shower to use, a buffet for meals, and a great beach. For them, a 3 or 4 Apple hotel is a perfect fit. They are there for the beach, and not very concerned with the added amenities of a 4, 5 or 6 Apple property. My doctor, on the other hand, has a wife and three children who want the full experience. They are looking for a variety of restaurants to pick from, an excellent spa and perhaps a teen disco for the kids. These customers expect luxury and they understand that they are 6 Golden Apple customers.
You can learn more about Apple ratings on our website.