A – Outstanding in all ways
B– Meets my expectations or is slightly above what I expected
C– Very average, nothing super special about it, but decent
D– Disappointing experience, forgettable, will not revisit or recommend
F– Terrible all around, a very bad experience
(No plusses or minuses are given to simplify the grading score.)
I figured I would take a moment to explain how I go about my grading of hotels, restaurants, activities, etc. If we are being transparent, you need to understand my standards. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs as middle class and I live the same way today. My kids go to public school, I have a mortgage, and my husband usually works 10 hour days. I am a stay at home mom that likes to keep the house clean, grow a garden, eat healthfully, and take walks on the weekends. I try to live frugally day to day so that I can do things like travel and treat my kids when I can. The hotels we usually stay at are Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, and Best Western. Dining choices usually settle around affordable American style food and fast casual chains like Chipotle and Panera Bread.
My biggest criteria for hotels is cleanliness and comfort. Restaurants require good food and good service. My criteria for activities usually centers around the potential for fun and cost. With all that in mind, I’d say that I’m pretty much middle of the road when it comes to my lifestyle and what I want out of a good travel experience. After taking all this into consideration, I came up with my grading scale.
If you have any other grading suggestions, please feel free to let me know. I’m open to hear your ideas.