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 Five Hotels Added to AAA Five Diamond Winners for 2005; Complete list of 85 AAA Five Diamond Hotels

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Nov. 12, 2004 -- Five hotels have been added to the list of AAA Five Diamond winners for 2005, bringing the total number of Five Diamond properties to 142. There are 85 lodgings and 57 restaurants on this year's list.

The 142 Five Diamond winners total only 0.26 percent of the more than 55,000 properties evaluated annually by AAA.

"As the industry and guests continue to raise the bar on expectations, these properties continue to meet the challenge," said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Tourism Information Development. "This level of achievement requires the highest quality of service and facilities. We are convinced that these properties will exceed guest expectations."

First-time winners on the 2005 list include: two restaurants in Canada; a restaurant and a hotel in Ohio - that state's first Five Diamond properties; a restaurant in Bermuda; and hotels in Arizona, Washington, DC, Utah, and Mexico. AAA's Diamond Ratings is the only lodging and restaurant rating system that covers all of North America including Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as Canada and all of the U.S. states.
 

First Time Five Diamond Hotels
The Phoenician
Walden Country Inn & Stables
Grand America Hotel 
Paraiso de la Bonita Resort and Thalasso
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

Three lodgings have distinguished themselves by earning the coveted AAA Five Diamond rating for 29 consecutive years: Marriott's Camelback Inn Resort, Golf Club & Spa, Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

Two restaurants also have held a Five Diamond rating since the Diamond Rating program was applied to restaurants - 17 years: Le Bec Fin, Philadelphia; and The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room, Washington, Va.

"Important aspects of quality service are consistency and hospitality," said Petrone, "and these five have maintained the Five Diamond level of service excellence longer than other establishments in the industry. This is an amazing achievement."

Complete list of Five Diamond Hotels
( - indicate consecutive years as a AAA Five Diamond Award winner)

UNITED STATES

ARIZONA
The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa-A Wyndham Luxury Resort 16
Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa 29
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North 4
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 14
The Phoenician 1

CALIFORNIA
Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills 4
The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows 4
The Peninsula Beverly Hills 12
Four Seasons Resort Aviara 6
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel 19
The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa 3
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay 3
The Lodge at Torrey Pines 3
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles 4
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey 13
Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach 13
Chateau du Sureau 11
The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa 2
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco 11
Simpson House Inn 8

COLORADO
The Little Nell 14
The Broadmoor 29

CONNECTICUT
The Mayflower Inn 9

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. 16
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown 1
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC 4

FLORIDA
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island 11
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove 2
The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach 9
Mandarin Oriental, Miami 3
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples 2
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples 18
The Breakers 9
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club 3

GEORGIA
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta 6
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta 2
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead 19
The Lodge at Sea Island 4

HAWAII
Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii 3
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu 7
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua 9
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 14

ILLINOIS
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago 15
The Peninsula Chicago 3

LOUISIANA
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans 4

MASSACHUSETTS
Four Seasons Hotel Boston 17

NEVADA
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas 2
Bellagio 4
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas 6

NEW YORK
Four Seasons Hotel New York 11
The Peninsula New York 6
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park 3
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park 3
The St. Regis New York 11

NORTH CAROLINA
The Fearrington House Inn 11

OHIO
Walden Country Inn & Stables 1

PENNSYLVANIA
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia 21
The Rittenhouse Hotel and Condominium Residences 14
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia 5

SOUTH CAROLINA
Wentworth Mansion 2
Woodlands Resort & Inn 8

TENNESSEE
The Hermitage Hotel 2

TEXAS
The Mansion on Turtle Creek 14
Four Seasons Hotel Houston 10
Omni Houston Hotel 5
The St. Regis, Houston 4
Four Seasons Resort & Club 2

UTAH
Stein Eriksen Lodge 3
Grand America Hotel 1

VIRGINIA
The Jefferson Hotel 12
The Inn at Little Washington 16

WASHINGTON
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel 21

WEST VIRGINIA
The Greenbrier 29

WISCONSIN
The American Club 20

CANADA

Pan Pacific Vancouver 7
The Sutton Place Hotel 16

CARIBBEAN

Sandy Lane, Barbados 2
The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica 4
Four Seasons Resort Nevis 3

MEXICO

Las Ventanas al Paraiso 4
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. 9
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico 4
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach 11
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun 10
Paraiso de la Bonita Resort and Thalasso 1

To be considered for AAA rating and approval, restaurants and lodgings must undergo a thorough inspection by one of AAA's 65 full-time, trained, professional evaluators. Five Diamond establishments go through more extensive inspections and final committee review. AAA evaluated more than 55,000 properties for the 2005 TourBooks(R).

AAA first started listing accommodation information in its travel publications in the early 1900s. In 1937, the first field inspectors were hired to inspect hotels, motels, and restaurants. In 1963, AAA began to rate all accommodations as good, very good, excellent or outstanding. The current one- to five-diamond rating system was introduced in 1977 and continues to be recognized as the trusted leader of quality ratings for North American restaurants and lodgings.

AAA members and consumers can research AAA's Diamond Ratings for hotels and restaurants by using AAA's online mapping and trip planning tools at http://www.aaa.com or http://www.aaamaps.com. Members can receive free AAA TourBooks(R) from their local club.


 
Contact:
AAA
http://www.aaa.com
Also See: The 2005 Mobil Five-Stars Awarded to 31 Lodgings and 14 Restaurants; The Four Seasons Resort at Wailea in Maui Achieves 5 Star Rating for the First Time / November 2004
Resorts Ratings Redux / Harry Nobles & Cheryl Thompson Griggs / February 2004
Receipt of the Five Diamond Award Represents Successful Culmination of a Five-year Plan for the Stein Eriksen Lodge / Nov 2002
The AAA Five Diamond Award for 1999 Earned By a Record 105 Outstanding Lodgings and Restaurants / Nov 1998


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