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Southern California Hotels and Restaurants Receive AAA Four Diamond Awards

LOS ANGELES---Oct. 29, 1997--Seventy-two Southern California hotels and 31 restaurants have earned the 1998 Four Diamond Award from AAA, announced the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The award-winning properties were among the top 4 percent of more than 2,000 Southern California hotels, motels and restaurants inspected by the Auto Club, the Southland's AAA affiliate. ``Following a rigorous surprise inspection that notes every facet of service and surroundings, the Auto Club has identified these properties as among the finest in Southern California and the nation,'' said Clarence Garlough, manager of the Auto Club's Approved Accommodations.

``Travelers rely on Diamond ratings in the AAA TourBooks to guide them in choosing an establishment. Four Diamond properties offer luxurious accommodations as well as above-average staff and housekeeping, and other quality amenities. The restaurants offer an appealing, formal dining experience with a highly skilled professional service staff.''

AAA's Diamond rating program is the only hotel and restaurant review system in the nation that uses specially trained, full-time field representatives. The Auto Club uses its own staff as part of AAA's national network to review establishments in Southern California without prior notification using detailed rating procedures.

Inspections of Four- and Five-Diamond hotels include at least two unannounced overnight visits each year.
Inspectors review and rate exterior grounds, public areas, guest-room decor and ambience, bathrooms,
housekeeping and maintenance. Once the inspection process is complete, the properties that meet all
requirements are awarded a rating of one to five Diamonds.

Approximately 60 percent of all lodging facilities in the nation qualify for a Diamond rating. Nationwide, AAA  inspects more than 30,000 properties each year. Properties are rated within their own classifications, such as motel, hotel, bed and breakfast, etc. There are nine classifications, ranging from facilities that offer limited to full services.

The hotels and restaurants honored with a Four Diamond Award (and the number of consecutive years each
property has earned the award) follow:

Inyo/Mono Counties Hotel

Inyo/Mono Counties Restaurant

Mammoth Lakes

Los Angeles County Hotels

      Beverly Hills

      Long Beach       Los Angeles       Pasadena       Santa Monica       West Hollywood Los Angeles County Restaurants

Beverly Hills

Calabasas Los Angeles  Marina del Rey  Santa Monica   West Hollywood Orange County Hotels

      Costa Mesa

      Dana Point       Huntington Beach       Irvine       Laguna Beach       Newport Beach  Orange County Restaurants

      Dana Point

      Fullerton       Irvine       Newport Beach       Santa Ana Riverside County Hotels

      Indian Wells

      Palm Desert       Palm Springs       Rancho Mirage Riverside County Restaurants

      La Quinta

      Palm Springs       Rancho Mirage       Riverside San Bernardino County Hotel


 San Diego County Hotels

      Borrego Springs

      Carlsbad       Coronado       Julian       La Jolla       Rancho Bernardo       Rancho Santa Fe       San Diego  San Diego County Restaurants


      La Jolla       Rancho Bernardo       Rancho Santa Fe       San Diego San Luis Obispo County Hotels


      Paso Robles       San Luis Obispo       Solvang Santa Barbara County Hotels


      Los Olivos       Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County Restaurants

Santa Barbara


The Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest affiliate of the AAA, has been serving members since 1900.  Today, Auto Club members benefit by the organization's emergency road service, financial products, travel agency and trip planning services, highway and transportation safety programs, insurance products and services, automotive pricing, buying and financing programs and legislative advocacy.

Automobile Club of Southern California
Layna Browdy or Jeffrey Spring, 714/885-2333

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