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From stars to keys -- the Michelin Guide will start rating hotels in the same way as restaurants, it announced on Thursday.

The editors say they want to create a "trusted reference" that helps travellers cut through the vast array of online hotel suggestions.

Director Gwendal Poullennec said the original Michelin Guide, launched in 1900, "was created to enlighten travellers at a time when there was a lack of information.

"Today, by contrast, they find themselves confronted by a mass of information. Our users spend on average 10 hours in front of screens to prepare a trip and consult more than 10 platforms -- it's an obstacle course," he said.

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