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California Leads The List

Six lodgings and four restaurants join AAA's exclusive list of Five Diamond Award winners

eTN Staff Writer  Nov 15, 2008

ORLANDO, FL - AAA has announced the 2009 AAA Five Diamond Award(R) winners. Ten establishments have been added for a total of 103 hotels and 59 restaurants that have achieved Five Diamond status, the travel authority's highest rating for hotels and restaurants.

For 2009, six hotels were added to the list: The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, Beverly Hills, California; Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California; Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Westlake Village, California; The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Manalapan, Florida; InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, Atlanta; and Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, St. Louis.

The four dining additions are Addison, San Diego; Chef Mavro, Honolulu; Restaurant Guy Savoy, Las Vegas; and The Pavilion Antigua, New Winthorpes, Antigua.

Representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry, AAA Five Diamond Award winners make up just 0.28 percent of the 58,000 Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

"The ability to achieve and maintain the highest level of hospitality in the most luxurious surroundings is what the Five Diamond rating is all about. AAA is pleased to honor these establishments," said Michael Petrone, director of AAA Tourism Information Development. "The physical attributes of these properties are unique, enticing, and extraordinary - complemented by an extensive array of personalized services for every guest, which consistently exceed the expectations of even the most-refined traveler."

Noteworthy for 2009:
-- Florida has gained one Five Diamond lodging for a total of ten now,
twice the number of Five Diamond lodgings in New York.
-- The Pavilion Antigua restaurant marks the first Five Diamond
establishment for this Caribbean island.
-- California has added more new Five Diamond establishments than any
other state or province. Three additional lodgings and one restaurant
bring the totals to 19 and 7, respectively. California continues to
lead with the most Five Diamond lodgings and now ties Illinois for the
most Five Diamond restaurants.
-- The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado; The Greenbrier in White
Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; and Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort
& Spa in Scottsdale, Arizpona, have maintained a Five Diamond Rating for
33 consecutive years - since the hotel Diamond Ratings were first
published in the AAA TourBook(R) guides.
-- The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room in Washington, Virginia, is the
only restaurant to maintain Five Diamond status for 21 consecutive
years - since the Diamond Ratings were first applied to restaurants.
-- Two lodgings celebrate a quarter-century of Five Diamond status: The
Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle and the Four Seasons Hotel
Philadelphia in Philadelphia.

The assignment of a AAA rating of One to Five Diamonds marks the completion of a successful annual evaluation. All properties must first meet AAA's rigorous requirements to become AAA Approved(R) establishments.

AAA's Diamond Rating System is the only ratings system that covers all of North America and one of only two that conducts physical, on-site evaluations. It is the only system that uses full-time, professionally-trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis using a set of guidelines that are made available to all establishments. AAA evaluates more properties than any other rating entity. Additionally, AAA provides travelers the opportunity to post comments about their experiences at AAA Approved and Diamond Rated establishments at Information about AAA Diamond Ratings and the complete 2009 Five Diamond Award winners lists are accessible at

Six lodgings and four restaurants join AAA's exclusive list of Five Diamond Award winners
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