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 The AAA Five Diamond Award Acheived by Twelve Southern California Hotels and One Restaurant 


LOS ANGELES - Nov. 12, 2004 -- Twelve Southern California hotels and one restaurant have been approved for the AAA Five Diamond Award for 2005, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. The Belvedere restaurant in The Peninsula Beverly Hills received its 10th AAA Five Diamond rating.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel received its 19th consecutive award, and The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey and Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach, received the honor for the 13th year.

"The AAA Five Diamond Award goes to very select hotels and restaurants that meet the highest standards of excellence," said the Auto Club's Approved Accommodations Manager Chuck Smith. "The Auto Club congratulates Southern California's outstanding Five Diamond establishments for consistently delivering memorable travel and dining experiences with world-class service."

More than 55,000 properties are evaluated each year by AAA's 65 full-time tourism editors. Only 0.26 percent earn the AAA Five Diamond distinction and are listed in the 2005 AAA TourBook(R) guides. Southern California hotels that received the 2005 AAA Five Diamond Award with consecutive years listed are:

Beverly Hills

  • The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, 4
  • Raffles L'Ermitage, Beverly Hills, 4
  • The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 12
  • Four Seasons Resort Aviara, 6
Dana Point
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 19
  • The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa, 3
La Jolla
  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 3
Los Angeles
  • Four Seasons Hotel, 4
Marina del Rey
  • The Ritz-Carlton, 13
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa, 2
Newport Beach
  • Four Seasons Hotel, 13
Santa Barbara
  • Simpson House Inn, 8
The only Southern California restaurant receiving a 2005 AAA Five Diamond rating was The Belvedere in The Peninsula Beverly Hills.

Some 2005 AAA Five Diamond Fast Facts: 

  • Nine properties made it to the Five Diamond list this year, while four fell off the list, bringing the total number of Five Diamond properties for 2005 to 142, a 3.6 percent increase over last year.
  • Ohio is the only state to gain both a Five Diamond lodging and a Five Diamond restaurant. These are the first Five Diamond properties that Ohio has ever had.
  • California has the most Five Diamond properties, 19 in all -- 15 lodgings and four restaurants. Florida is second with 14 properties in all.
  • States with the most Five Diamond lodgings: California, 15; Florida, 8; New York, Arizona and Texas, 5; Hawaii and Georgia, 4.
  • States/provinces with the most Five Diamond restaurants: Florida and New York, 6; Illinois, 5; California, 4; Nevada, Virginia and Quebec, Canada, 3.
To be considered for AAA approval and rating, lodgings and restaurants must undergo a thorough inspection. The Auto Club's staff reviews Southern California establishments. Five Diamond establishments go through the most extensive reviews of the Diamond rating programs.

AAA started listing accommodation information in its travel publications in the early 1900s. AAA introduced the current One-to-Five Diamond rating system in the 1977 Edition of the TourBook(R) guides, although AAA had been inspecting restaurants since 1937.

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
AAA Delays the Implementation of New Lodging Diamond Rating Guidelines Until 2003 / June 2002

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