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 Fifty-five Southern California Hotels Earn the AAA 2005
Four Diamond Award, Four Hotels for the First Time


LOS ANGELES - Oct. 14, 2004 -- Fifty-five Southern California hotels have earned the AAA 2005 Four Diamond Award, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. Four hotels have joined the AAA Four Diamond ranks for the first time. The award-winning properties are among the top 4 percent of more than 2,000 Southern California hotels and motels inspected by the Auto Club, the nation's largest AAA affiliate.
"The AAA Four Diamond status represents a profound effort and extraordinary accomplishment by a hotel," said the Auto Club's Approved Accommodations Manager Charles Smith. "This award signifies that a property has met AAA's objective rating criteria and met levels of excellence during extensive inspections. In the face of another difficult year for the travel industry, this year's group of Four Diamond properties continued to reflect a high degree of hospitality and attention to detail."
Hotels honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award for 2005 and the number of consecutive years each property has earned the award follow:
Inyo/Mono Counties Hotel 
Death Valley           Furnace Creek Inn  18
Los Angeles County Hotels
Beverly Hills            Regent Beverly Wilshire   12
Glendale                 Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale  5
Los Angeles            Century Plaza Hotel & Spa   22
                              Hilton Checkers Los Angeles  2
                              Hotel Bel-Air    24
                              Omni Los Angeles Hotel  2
                              Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Century City   17
                              St. Regis Hotel Los Angeles    4
Santa Monica          Le Merigot, A JW Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa   3
                              Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel   16
                              The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica    3
Orange County Hotels
Anaheim                 Disney's Grand Californian   4
Dana Point              Blue Lantern Inn   14
                              Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa     1
Huntington Beach    Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort   14
                              Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa  2
Irvine                       Hyatt Regency Irvine   2
Laguna Beach         Surf & Sand Hotel     14
Newport Beach        The Balboa Bay Club Resort & Spa    1
Riverside County Hotels
Indian Wells            Hyatt Grand Champions Resort   18
                              Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa   2
Palm Desert            Desert Springs, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa  18
Palm Springs          The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn     8
Rancho Mirage        The Westin Mission Hills Resort  13
Temecula                Pechanga Resort & Casino  3
San Bernardino County Hotels
 Big Bear Lake         Alpenhorn Bed & Breakfast 5
San Diego County Hotels
Borrego Springs      La Casa del Zorro Resort    12
Coronado               Coronado Island Marriott Resort    17
                             Loews Coronado Bay Resort     12
Del Mar                  L'Auberge Del Mar Resort & Spa    3
Fallbrook                Oak Creek Manor -  Luxury Bed & Breakfast   3
Julian                     Orchard Hill Country Inn    9
La Jolla                  Hilton La Jolla/Torrey Pines  15
                             Hyatt Regency La Jolla  15
                             La Valencia Hotel      16
Pala                      Pala Casino Resort & Spa     1
Rancho Bernardo    Rancho Bernardo Inn     28
Rancho Santa Fe    Rancho Valencia Resort  15
San Diego              Manchester Grand Hyatt      12
                             San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina    21
                             Hilton San Diego Resort     27
                             Wyndham San Diego at Emerald Plaza  13
San Luis Obispo County Hotels
Cambria                 Blue Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast  14
Cayucos                Cayucos Sunset Inn   3
Paso Robles           Summerwood Inn     10
Santa Barbara County Hotels
Ballard                   The Ballard Inn  12
Los Olivos              Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn & Spa   16
Santa Barbara         Four Seasons Biltmore    23
                              Harbor View Inn      8
                              Inn On Summer Hill     15
Santa Ynez            Chumash Casino Resort     1
                             Santa Ynez Inn    3
Solvang                  Petersen Village Inn   21
Ventura County
 Ojai                      Ojai Valley Inn & Spa    3

AAA's Diamond rating program is the only hotel and restaurant review system in the nation that uses specially trained full-time field representatives. As part of AAA's national network, the Auto Club's own staff reviews establishments in Southern California without prior notification using objective and detailed rating procedures.
Lodging inspections include at least one unannounced inspection and one overnight visit each year. Inspectors review and rate exterior, grounds and public areas, room decor, ambiance and amenities, guest room, bathrooms, housekeeping and maintenance, management and staff and guest services. Once the inspection process is complete, properties that meet all requirements receive a rating of one to five Diamonds.

Nationwide, AAA inspects more than 47,000 properties each year. Properties are rated within their own classification, such as motel, hotel, bed & breakfast, etc. There are 13 classifications, ranging from facilities that offer limited services to those offering full services. Fewer than 3 percent of the estimated 25,000 AAA-rated lodgings and less than 4 percent of the estimated 11,000 restaurants attain AAA Four Diamond status. Approximately 60 percent of all lodging facilities in the nation qualify for a one to five Diamond rating. AAA Five Diamond hotels and restaurants will be announced in November.

Automobile Club of Southern California
Carol Thorp or Elaine Beno, 714-885-2333
Also See: Southern California Hotels and Restaurants Receive AAA Four Diamond Awards / Oct 1997
AAA Delays the Implementation of New Lodging Diamond Rating Guidelines Until 2003 / June 2002

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