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Sixteen Hotels Achieve 2009 AAA Five Diamond
Status For the First Time

Complete List of 113 Hotels and 52 Restaurants


New Mexico gains first-ever Five Diamond property

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 6, 2009 - AAA today announced the 2010 AAA/CAA Five Diamond Award(R) winners. Sixteen lodgings have been added for a total of 113 hotels and 52 restaurants that have achieved Five Diamond status, the travel authority's highest rating for hotels and restaurants. 

The overall number of Five Diamond Award winners this year grew to 165 establishments, compared to 162 in 2009. Even in the current economic climate, there continues to be strong competition in the travel industry to achieve the highest rating and provide the most discriminating travelers with luxurious accommodations and upscale dining options. Most notably, the state of New Mexico has gained its first-ever Five Diamond Award winner, Encantado, An Auberge Resort in Santa Fe. 

For 2010, no restaurants were added to the list, and seven were removed, six of which closed in the past year. AAA has noticed a decrease in the number of new restaurants opening in the past year. 
Lodging expansion and construction plans are often multi-year projects and do not appear to have been as immediately affected by the economic downturn, as indicated by the addition of 16 new Five Diamond lodgings. 

"The past year has presented many challenges for the travel industry. To achieve and maintain the highest level of hospitality during these difficult economic times is a significant accomplishment," said Michael Petrone, director of AAA Tourism Information Development. "AAA is pleased to present these establishments with the Five Diamond Award designation in recognition of top-quality service and facilities that consistently exceed guest expectations."

Travelers will have the opportunity to interact with one of AAA's professional inspectors at AAA's Best and Biggest Virtual Travel Show on Tuesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. EST. During this session the inspector will discuss recipients of the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award, the qualifications needed to earn the award, and also what travelers can expect to find at One, Two, Three and Four Diamond restaurants and lodgings. To register for the show and learn about deals and discounts available only from AAA visit www.AAA.com/virtualshows.

New Five Diamond Award Winners:
Florida and Nevada top the list for new winners this year, each with three additional Five Diamond lodgings. 

In Florida: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale; The Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach; and Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach in Sunny Isles Beach. 

In Nevada: The Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas in Henderson and both Encore Las Vegas and The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

Mexico gained three Five Diamond lodgings: The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Punta Mita and both Rosewood Mayakoba and the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya in Playa Del Carmen.

California and New York each gained two new winners. In California: The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast and The Grand Del Mar in San Diego. In New York: The Plaza Hotel and The Pierre New York-A Taj Hotel, both in New York City.

Massachusetts, New Mexico and Texas each gained one additional Five Diamond lodging: Mandarin Oriental, Boston; Encantado, An Auberge Resort in Santa Fe, N.M.; and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

Noteworthy for 2010:

  • New Mexico has gained its first ever Five Diamond Award winner: Encantado, An Auberge Resort. 
  • Florida and Nevada gained more Five Diamond properties than other states, each gaining three lodgings. 
  • The American Club in Kohler, Wis., celebrates a quarter-century as a AAA Five Diamond Award Winner.
  • The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., and Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., have maintained a Five Diamond Rating for 34 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, Va., is the only restaurant to maintain Five Diamond status for 22 consecutive years.

2010 AAA/CAA Five Diamond Lodgings
Numbers indicate consecutive years as AAA/CAA Five Diamond Award winner.
List published Nov. 6, 2009, and is subject to change based on establishment operations.
Additional lists available at AAA.com/Diamonds.

UNITED STATES
 

Arizona
SCOTTSDALE
Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, 34
Fairmont Scottsdale, 19
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 9
The Canyon Suites at the Phoenician, 3
The Phoenician, 6

California
BEVERLY HILLS
Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9
The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, 2
The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 17
CARLSBAD
Four Seasons Resort Aviara, 11
DANA POINT
St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach, 3
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 24
HALF MOON BAY
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 8
LA JOLLA
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 8
LAGUNA BEACH
Montage Laguna Beach, 2
LOS ANGELES
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 9
MARINA DEL REY
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, 18
NEWPORT BEACH
Island Hotel Newport Beach, 18
NEWPORT COAST
The Resort at Pelican Hill, 1
OAKHURST
Château du Sureau, 16
OJAI
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, 4
SAN DIEGO
The Grand Del Mar, 1
SAN FRANCISCO
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 16
SANTA BARBARA
Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara, 5
Simpson House Inn, 13
WESTLAKE VILLAGE
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, 2

Colorado
ASPEN
The Little Nell, 19
BEAVER CREEK
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, 5
COLORADO SPRINGS
The Broadmoor, 34

Connecticut
WASHINGTON
The Mayflower Inn & Spa, 14

District of Columbia
WASHINGTON
Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C., 21
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, 6
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., 9

Florida
AMELIA ISLAND
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 16
COCONUT GROVE
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, 7
FORT LAUDERDALE
The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, 1
KEY BISCAYNE
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, 5
MANALAPAN
The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, 2
MIAMI
Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 4
NAPLES
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, 7
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 23
PALM BEACH
The Breakers, 14
The Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach, 1
PONTE VEDRA BEACH
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, 8
SARASOTA
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 5
SUNNY ISLES BEACH
Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach, 1

Georgia
ATLANTA
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, 11
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, 2
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, 7
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 24
GREENSBORO
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, 4
ST. SIMONS ISLAND
The Lodge at Sea Island, 9

Hawaii
KAPALUA
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 14
KAUPULEHU
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, 12
WAILEA
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, 19

Illinois
CHICAGO
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 20
The Peninsula Chicago, 8

Massachusetts
BOSTON
Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 22
Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 1

Missouri
ST. LOUIS
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, 2

Nevada
HENDERSON
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, 1
LAS VEGAS
Bellagio, 9
Encore Las Vegas, 1
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, 11
SKYLOFTS at the MGM Grand, 4
The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 1
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, 3
Wynn Las Vegas, 4

New Mexico
SANTA FE
Encantado, An Auberge Resort, 1

New York
NEW YORK
Four Seasons Hotel New York, 16
Mandarin Oriental, New York, 5
The Peninsula New York, 11
The Pierre New York-A Taj Hotel, 1
The Plaza Hotel, 1
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, 8
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, 8

North Carolina
CARY
The Umstead Hotel & Spa, 3
FEARRINGTON VILLAGE
The Fearrington House Inn, 16

Ohio
AURORA
Inn Walden, 6

Pennsylvania
FARMINGTON
Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 4
PHILADELPHIA
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, 26
The Rittenhouse Hotel and Condominium Residences, 19
The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, 10

South Carolina
CHARLESTON
Wentworth Mansion, 7
KIAWAH ISLAND
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 4
SUMMERVILLE
Woodlands Inn, 13

Tennessee
NASHVILLE
The Hermitage Hotel, 7

Texas
DALLAS
Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek, 19
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, 1
IRVING
Four Seasons Resort and Club, 7

Utah
PARK CITY
Stein Eriksen Lodge, 8
SALT LAKE CITY
The Grand America Hotel, 6

Virginia
RICHMOND
The Jefferson Hotel, 17
WASHINGTON
The Inn at Little Washington, 21

Washington
SEATTLE
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 26

West Virginia
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
The Greenbrier, 34

Wisconsin
KOHLER
The American Club, 25

Wyoming
TETON VILLAGE
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, 4

MEXICO

Baja California Sur
SAN JOSE DEL CABO
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, 9

Distrito Federal
MEXICO CITY
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico D.F., 14
Nayarit
NUEVO VALLARTA
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, 4
PUNTA MITA
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico, 9
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, 1

Quintana Roo
CANCUN
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, 3
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, 14
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Fairmont Mayakoba, 3
Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, 1
Occidental Royal Hideaway Resort & Spa, 4
Rosewood Mayakoba, 1
PUERTO MORELOS
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, 6

CANADA

British Columbia
WHISTLER
Four Seasons Resort Whistler, 3

CARIBBEAN

Barbados
HOLETOWN (ST. JAMES PARISH)
Sandy Lane Hotel, 7

Cayman Islands
SEVEN MILE BEACH (GRAND CAYMAN)
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, 3

Jamaica
ROSE HALL
The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica, 9

2010 AAA/CAA Five Diamond Restaurants
Numbers indicate consecutive years as AAA/CAA Five Diamond Award winner.
List published Nov. 6, 2009, and is subject to change based on establishment operations.
Additional lists available at AAA.com/Diamonds.

Massachusetts
BOSTON
L'Espalier, 11
(in the Mandarin Oriental)
LENOX
Wheatleigh's Dining Room, 5
(in the Wheatleigh)

Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS
The 1913 Room, 8
(in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel)

Nevada
LAS VEGAS
Alex, 5
(in the Wynn Las Vegas)
Joël Robuchon, 4
(in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino)
Le Cirque, 7
(in the Bellagio)
Picasso, 9
(in the Bellagio)
Restaurant Guy Savoy, 2
(in Caesars Palace)

New York
NEW YORK
Aureole, 13
Daniel, 11
Jean Georges Restaurant, 12
(in the Trump International Hotel & Tower)

North Carolina
FEARRINGTON VILLAGE
The Fearrington House Restaurant, 15
(in The Fearrington House Inn)

Pennsylvania
FARMINGTON
Lautrec, 3
(in the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort)
PHILADELPHIA
Fountain Restaurant, 16
(in the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia)

South Carolina
SUMMERVILLE
The Dining Room at Woodlands, 14
(in the Woodlands Inn)

Texas
DALLAS
The French Room, 21
(in The Adolphus)
 
 

Virginia
WASHINGTON
The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room, 22
(in The Inn at Little Washington)

Washington
WOODINVILLE
The Herbfarm Restaurant, 8

CANADA

Alberta
BANFF
Eden, 7
(in The Rimrock Resort Hotel)

Ontario
CAMBRIDGE
Langdon Hall Dining Room & Terrace, 6
(in the Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa)

Québec
GATINEAU
Le Baccara, 10
(in the Hilton Lac Leamy)
MONTRÉAL
Nuances, 10
(in the Casino de Montreal)
Restaurant Toqué!, 5

CARIBBEAN

Bermuda
SOUTHAMPTON PARISH
The Newport Room, 6
(in The Fairmont Southampton)

Cayman Islands
SEVEN MILE BEACH (GRAND CAYMAN)
Blue, 3
(in The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman)

MEXICO

Quintana Roo
CANCUN
Fantino, 4
(in The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun)
Le Basilic, 3
(in the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach)
The Club Grill, 11
(in The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun)


 

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 assignment of a AAA rating of One to Five Diamonds marks the completion of a successful annual evaluation by one of AAA's professional inspectors. AAA's professional inspectors evaluate and rate more than 58,000 lodgings and restaurants in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean using a scale of One to Five Diamonds. They conduct an average of more than 1,100 property evaluations per year and have a combined total of 700 years experience. The average tenure is 12 years, with the longest being 28 years. AAA inspectors work remotely and bring significant prior industry experience to the association. 

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 using guidelines made available to all establishments. AAA evaluates more properties than any other rating entity. Information about AAA Diamond Ratings and the complete 2010 Five Diamond Award winners lists are accessible at AAA.com/News. 

AAA Diamond ratings are published in AAA TourBook(R) travel guides, which are available free to AAA members. Ratings are also accessible through AAA's popular online mapping tool, the TripTik(R) Travel Planner, available free at AAA.com. One click on the handy map icons opens AAA listings, many with photos, from AAA's database of 58,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants.

AAA approves and rates properties on an individual basis and, often, the ratings are reflective of several years of inspection and analysis by AAA's professional inspectors. Although market fluctuations can and do impact properties, AAA does not use this as a reference when assessing ratings. AAA relies on a set of published criteria, the Diamond Rating Guidelines, which is based on member expectations and common industry practices.

As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 51 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

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Also See: Six Hotels Achieve 2009 AAA Five Diamond Status For the First Time; Complete List of 103 Hotels and 59 Restaurants / November 2008
Eight Hotels Achieve 2008 AAA Five Diamond Status For the First Time; Complete List of 100 Hotels and 60 Restaurants / November 2007
Ten Hotels Added to AAA Five Diamond Winners for 2007; Complete List of 93 AAA Five Diamond Hotels and 58 AAA Five Diamond Restaurants / October 2006
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