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 Ten Hotels Added to AAA Five Diamond Winners for 2007
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Complete List of 93 AAA Five Diamond Hotels and
58 AAA Five Diamond Restaurants

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WASHINGTON - October 30, 2006 - Ten hotels and six restaurants attained the hospitality industry’s highest rating for 2007: the AAA Five Diamond Award. The total 151 AAA Five Diamond Award winners for 2007, which includes 93 hotels and 58 restaurants, comprises just 0.25 percent of the nearly 60,000 AAA Rated® properties across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

First-time Five Diamond hotels for 2007 include two properties in Las Vegas and one each in Ojai, Calif.; Miami; Greensboro, Ga.; Farmington, Pa.; Kiawah Island, S.C.; Teton Village, Wyo.; Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico; and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. New restaurant winners for 2007 include two establishments in Chicago and one each in Phoenix; Healdsburg, Calif.; Washington, DC; and Las Vegas. For more information on AAA Diamond ratings and the complete list of 2007 Five Diamond Award winners, visit AAA.com/Diamonds.

The Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, a 2007 Five Diamond hotel, marks the state of Wyoming’s first entry to the AAA Five Diamond Award list.

Just three lodgings have maintained the distinction as AAA Five Diamond Award winners for 31 consecutive years, since the Diamond ratings were first applied to hotels: Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Just two restaurants have maintained the Five Diamond Award for 19 consecutive years, since the Diamond ratings were first applied to restaurants: Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia and The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room in Washington, Va.

“Important aspects of quality service are consistency and hospitality,” said Michael Petrone, director of the AAA Diamond Rating® program. “These five establishments have maintained the Five Diamond level of service excellence longer than other establishments in the industry. That’s an amazing achievement.”

Interesting Five Diamond Award Trends

  • Chicago is now the leading destination for Five Diamond dining. It has seven Five Diamond restaurants with the addition of Alinea and the Avenues restaurant in the Peninsula Chicago. 
  • Las Vegas doubled its number of Five Diamond hotels from two to four, adding the Skylofts at the MGM Grand Hotel and Wynn Las Vegas, indicating the city’s continued development as a premiere luxury destination. Las Vegas also has four Five Diamond restaurants (Alex, Joël Robuchon at The Mansion, Le Cirque, and Picasso)
  • Scottsdale, Ariz., a city of just 237,000 residents and 67 hotels, has four Five Diamond hotels -- the Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort; the Phoenician; the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North; and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess -- on par with Las Vegas and more than Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and the entire state of Hawaii.


2007 AAA Five Diamond Lodgings
( - indicate consecutive years as a AAA Five Diamond Award winner)




Number indicates consecutive years as a AAA Five Diamond Award Winner.
List published October 30, 2006, and is subject to change based on establishment operation.

United States

Arizona
The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, 18
Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, 31
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 16
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 6
The Phoenician, 3

California
The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 14
Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, 6
Four Seasons Resort Aviara, 8
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 21
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 5
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 5
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 6
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, 15
The Island Hotel Newport Beach, 15
Chateau du Sureau, 13
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, 1
The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa, 4
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 13
Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara, 2
Simpson House Inn, 10

Colorado
The Little Nell, 16
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, 2
The Broadmoor, 31

Connecticut
The Mayflower Inn & Spa, 11

District of Columbia
Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C., 18
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, 3
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., 6

Florida
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 13
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, 4
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, 2
Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 1
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, 4
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 20
The Breakers, 11
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, 5
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 2

Georgia
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, 8
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, 4
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 21
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, 1
The Lodge at Sea Island, 6

Hawaii
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 11
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, 9
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, 16

Illinois
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 17
The Peninsula Chicago, 5
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel), 2

Massachusetts
Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 19

Nevada
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, 4
Bellagio, 6
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, 8
Skylofts at the MGM Grand Hotel, 1
Wynn Las Vegas, 1

New York
Four Seasons Hotel New York, 13
Mandarin Oriental, New York, 2
The Peninsula New York, 8
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, 5
The St. Regis Hotel, New York, 13

North Carolina
The Fearrington House Inn, 13

Ohio
Walden Country Inn & Stables, 3

Pennsylvania
Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, 23
The Rittenhouse Hotel and Condominium Residences, 16
The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, 7

South Carolina
Wentworth Mansion, 4
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1
Woodlands Resort & Inn, 10

Tennessee
The Hermitage Hotel, 4

Texas
The Mansion On Turtle Creek, 16
Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 12
The St. Regis Hotel, Houston, 6
Four Seasons Resort and Club, 4

Utah
Stein Eriksen Lodge, 5
Grand America Hotel, 3

Virginia
The Jefferson Hotel, 14
The Inn at Little Washington, 18

Washington
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 23

West Virginia
The Greenbrier, 31

Wisconsin
The American Club, 22

Wyoming
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, 1

Canada

Pan Pacific Vancouver, 9
The Sutton Place Hotel, 18

Caribbean

Sandy Lane Hotel, 4
The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, 6
Four Seasons Resort Nevis, 5

Mexico

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, 6
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico D.F., 11
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, 1
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, 6
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach, 13
Occidental Royal Hideaway Resort & Spa, 1
Paraiso de la Bonita Resort and Thalasso, 3



2007 AAA Five Diamond Restaurants
( - indicate consecutive years as a AAA Five Diamond Award winner)




United States

Arizona
Kai (in the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa), 1
Marquesa (in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess), 16
Mary Elaine's (in The Phoenician), 8
The Ventana Room (in the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort), 2

California
The Belvedere (in The Peninsula Beverly Hills), 12
Cyrus, 1
Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant (in the Chateau du Sureau), 11
The Dining Room (in The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco), 11
Gary Danko, 4
The French Laundry, 2

District of Columbia
CityZen (in the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.), 2

Florida
The Grill (in The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island), 13
Victoria & Albert's (in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa), 7
Artisans in The Dining Room, 8
L'Escalier, 6
The Restaurant at The Four Seasons, 12

Georgia
The Dining Room (in The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead), 18
Seeger's, 6

Hawaii
La Mer (in the Halekulani), 17

Illinois
Alinea, 1
Arun's, 5
Avenues (in The Peninsula Chicago), 1
Charlie Trotter's, 13
Everest, 11
Seasons Restaurant (in the Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, 7
Tru, 7

Kentucky
The Oakroom (in The Seelbach Hilton, Louisville), 9

Maine
The White Barn Inn & Spa, 15

Massachusetts
Aujourd'hui (in the Four Seasons Hotel, Boston), 12
L'Espalier, 8
Wheatleigh's Dining Room, 2

Michigan
The 1913 Room (in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel), 5

Nevada
Alex (in the Wynn Las Vegas), 2
Jöel Robuchon at The Mansion (in the MGM Grand Hotel), 1
Le Cirque (in the Bellagio), 4
Picasso (in the Bellagio), 6

New York
Aureole, 10
Daniel, 8
Jean Georges Restaurant (in the Trump International Hotel & Tower), 9

North Carolina
The Fearrington House Restaurant (in the Fearrington House Inn), 12

Pennsylvania
Fountain Restaurant (in the Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia), 13
Le Bec-Fin, 19

South Carolina
The Dining Room at Woodlands (in the Woodlands Resort & Inn), 11

Texas
The French Room, 18
The Mansion On Turtle Creek Restaurant (in The Mansion on Turtle Creek), 18

Virginia
Maestro (in the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner), 4
The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room (in The Inn at Little Washington), 19

Washington
The Herbfarm Restaurant, 5

Canada

Alberta
Eden (in the Rimrock Resort Hotel), 4
The Banffshire Club (in the Fairmont Banff Springs), 4

British Columbia
Lumiere, 3

Ontario
Langdon Hall Dining Room & Terrace(in the Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa), 3
Signatures @ Le Cordon Bleu Paris, 2
Truffles (in the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto), 13

Quebec
Le Baccara, 7
Nuances, 7
Toqué!, 2

Caribbean

Bermuda
The Newport Room (in The Fairmont Southampton), 3



 

To become AAA Approved and Diamond rated, hotels and restaurants undergo a thorough inspection by one of AAA’s 65 full-time, highly trained professional evaluators. Five Diamond establishments complete a more extensive review that includes a series of inspections and final committee review. Some 60,000 hotels and restaurants will be listed in the 2007 TourBook® guides, in print and on AAA.com, where the Diamond ratings are published.

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 Diamond Rating Process, introduced in 1977 for hotels and 1989 for restaurants, continues to be recognized as the most trusted rating process for North American travelers.


 
Contact:

AAA, Washington
Christine Brown, 202-942-2069
CBrown@national.AAA.com
http://www.aaa.com

Also See: Six Hotels Added to AAA Five Diamond Winners for 2006 Complete List of 88 AAA Five Diamond Hotels and 62 AAA Five Diamond Restaurants / November 2005
Five Hotels Added to AAA Five Diamond Winners for 2005; Complete list of 85 AAA Five Diamond Hotels / November 2004
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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