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The AAA Five Diamond Award for 1999 Earned By a Record 105 Outstanding Lodgings and Restaurants
1999 FIVE DIAMOND LODGINGS
1999 FIVE DIAMOND RESTAURANTS
 
 
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 9, 1998 -  The AAA Five Diamond Award for 1999 was earned by a record 105 outstanding lodgings and restaurants, including nine first-time recipients and the first property to receive triple honors.

The AAA Five Diamond Award is the most coveted symbol of excellence for lodgings and restaurants and is presented only to those establishments that consistently offer world-class facilities, services and amenities. Highlighting this year's awards is the first property to receive three Five Diamond Awards. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun won its fourth Five Diamond Award for lodging excellence and its two restaurants -- The Club Grill and Fantino -- earned first-time honors.

Other first-time restaurant winners are: Lespinasse in The Carlton hotel, Washington, D.C.; The Oakroom in The Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, Ky.; The Rose Garden in the Bar Harbor Hotel-Bluenose Inn, Bar Harbor, Maine; and Jean Georges Restaurant in the Trump International Hotel Tower, New York City. Hotels and resorts newly added to the Five Diamond Award list include: Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii, Honolulu; Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, Ka'upulehu, Hawaii; and The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Five lodgings have received the Five Diamond Award annually since it was introduced in 1977. They are: Marriott's Camelback Inn Resort, Golf Club Spa, Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.; C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, Colo.; The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.; and the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hawaii has the largest number of Five Diamond lodgings with eight, while California has seven properties. New York City leads in the number of top restaurants with six.

Fewer than one-half of 1 percent of the more than 36,000 lodgings and restaurants inspected and listed annually in the 23 TourBook(R) guides and three TravelBook(R) guides for North America earn AAA's highest honor.

All AAA-approved lodgings and restaurants undergo a thorough annual inspection by a team of 60 full-time professionals. Five Diamond establishments go through a more extensive review. AAA initially began including accommodation information in its travel publications in the early 1900s. The first field inspectors were hired to inspect hotels, motels and restaurants in 1937. AAA started rating lodgings as good, very good, excellent and outstanding in 1963. The diamond rating system was introduced in 1977 during AAA's 75th anniversary.

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1999 FIVE DIAMOND LODGINGS
 
State
City
Location & Number of Years
ARIZONA CAREFREE The Boulders - 10
SCOTTSDALE Marriott's Camelback Inn Resort, Golf Club  Spa - 23
Scottsdale Princess - 8
CALIFORNIA
 
BEVERLY HILLS The Peninsula Beverly Hills - 6
DANA POINT
 
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel - 13
MARINA DEL REY
 
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey - 7
NEWPORT BEACH
 
Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach - 7
OAKHURST Chateau du Sureau - 5
SAN FRANCISCO
 
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco - 5
SANTA BARBARA Simpson House Inn - 2
COLORADO ASPEN The Little Nell - 8
COLORADO SPRINGS The Broadmoor - 23
GRANBY C Lazy U Ranch - 23
CONNECTICUT
 
WASHINGTON
 
The Mayflower Inn - 3
WESTPORT The Inn at National Hall - 2
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WASHINGTON Four Seasons Hotel Washington - 10
FLORIDA
 
AMELIA ISLAND The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - 5
MANALAPAN The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach - 3
NAPLES The Ritz-Carlton, Naples - 12
PALM BEACH The Breakers - 3
The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach - 3
GEORGIA
 
ATLANTA The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta - 6
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead - 13
HAWAII HONOLULU Halekulani Hotel - 14
Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii- 1
KA'UPULEHU Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic
Ka'upulehu - 1
KAPALUA The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua - 3
KAPOLEI Ihilani Resort  Spa - 2
LAHUIPUAA Mauna Lani Bay Hotel  Bungalows - 11
WAILEA Four Seasons Resort, Maui at Wailea - 8
Grand Wailea Resort Hotel  Spa - 6
ILLINOIS
 
CHICAGO Four Seasons Hotel Chicago - 9
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) - 19
LOUISIANA
 
NEW ORLEANS Windsor Court Hotel - 13
MASSACHUSETTS
 
BOSTON Four Seasons Hotel Boston - 11
NEW JERSEY SHORT HILLS Hilton Short Hills - 9
NEW YORK
 
NEW YORK Four Seasons Hotel New York - 5
The New York Palace - 2
The St. Regis New York - 5
NORTH CAROLINA
 
FEARRINGTON VILLAGE The Fearrington House Inn - 5
PENNSYLVANIA
 
PHILADELPHIA Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia - 15
The Rittenhouse Hotel and Condominium Residences - 8
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia - 4
SOUTH CAROLINA
 
SUMMERVILLE Woodlands Resort Inn - 2
TEXAS
 
DALLAS The Mansion on Turtle Creek - 8
HOUSTON Four Seasons Hotel Houston - 4
Omni Houston Hotel - 17
VIRGINIA
 
RICHMOND The Jefferson Hotel - 6
WASHINGTON The Inn at Little Washington - 10
WASHINGTON
 
SEATTLE Four Seasons Olympic Hotel - 15
WEST VIRGINIA
 
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS The Greenbrier - 23
WISCONSIN
 
KOHLER The American Club - 14
CANADA
BRITISH COLUMBIA
 
VANCOUVER Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver - 23
The Sutton Place Hotel - 10
The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver - 1
MEXICO
 
CANCUN Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - 5
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun - 4
MEXICO CITY Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. - 3
CARIBBEAN
NEVIS
 
CHARLESTOWN Four Seasons Resort Nevis - 7
CARIBBEAN
PUERTO RICO
FAJARDO Las Casitas Village - 2
 
 
1999 FIVE DIAMOND RESTAURANTS
Numbers indicate consecutive number of years as a winner
ARIZONA
SCOTTSDALE
  • Marquesa in the Scottsdale Princess - 8
TUCSON
  • The Tack Room - 7
CALIFORNIA
BEVERLY HILLS
  • The Belvedere in The Peninsula Beverly Hills - 4
LOS ANGELES
  • L'Orangerie - 7
OAKHURST
  • Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant in the Chateau du Sureau - 3
SAN FRANCISCO
  • Campton Place Restaurant - 3
  • The Dining Room in The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco - 3
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
WASHINGTON
  • Lespinasse in The Carlton - 1
FLORIDA
AMELIA ISLAND
  • The Grill in The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - 5
PALM BEACH
  • The Restaurant at The Four Seasons Resort - 4
GEORGIA
ATLANTA
  • The Restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta - 4
  • The Dining Room in The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead - 10
HAWAII
HONOLULU
  • La Mer in the Halekulani Hotel - 9
ILLINOIS
CHICAGO
  • Ambria in The Belden-Stratford - 11
  • Charlie Trotter's - 5
  • Everest - 3
WHEELING
  • Le Francais - 9
KENTUCKY
LOUISVILLE
  • The Oakroom in The Seelbach Hilton Hotel - 1
LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS
  • The Grill Room in the Windsor Court Hotel - 10
MAINE
BAR HARBOR
  • The Rose Garden in the Bar Harbor Hotel-Bluenose Inn - 1
KENNEBUNK BEACH
  • The White Barn Inn - 7
MASSACHUSETTS
BOSTON
  • Aujourd'hui in the Four Seasons Hotel Boston - 4
MISSOURI
ST. LOUIS
  • Tony's - 10
NEW JERSEY
SHORT HILLS
  • The Dining Room in the Hilton Short Hills - 6
NEW YORK
NEW YORK
  • Aureole - 2
  • Jean Georges Restaurant in the Trump International Hotel and Tower - 1
  • Le Bernardin - 11
  • Le Cirque 2000 in The New York Palace- 2
  • Les Celebrites in The Essex House-Hotel Nikko New York - 6
  • Lespinasse in The St. Regis New York - 5
NORTH CAROLINA
FEARRINGTON VILLAGE
  • The Fearrington House Restaurant - 4
PENNSYLVANIA
PHILADELPHIA
  • Fountain Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia - 5
  • Le Bec-Fin - 11
SOUTH CAROLINA
SUMMERVILLE
  • The Dining Room at Woodlands in the Woodlands Resort Inn - 3
TENNESSEE
NASHVILLE
  • The Wild Boar Restaurant - 3
TEXAS
DALLAS
  • The French Room in the Adolphus - 10
  • The Mansion on Turtle Creek Restaurant - 10
VIRGINIA
RICHMOND
  • Lemaire in The Jefferson Hotel - 4
WASHINGTON
  • The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room - 11
WILLIAMSBURG
  • The Dining Room at Ford's Colony - 4
CANADA
ONTARIO
TORONTO
  • Truffles in the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - 5
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER
  • Five Sails Restaurant in The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver - 4
MEXICO
CANCUN
  • La Joya Restaurant in the Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - 5
  • The Club Grill in The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun - 1
  • Fantino in The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun - 1
 
 
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Contact:
Jerry Cheske or Janie Graziani, 
both of AAA, 
407-444-8000/
    /Web site: http://www.aaa.com
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Also See:
Conde Nast Readerís Choice Poll Ranks The Greenbrier #1 Resort in North America / Nov 1998 
Mobil Travel Guide Announces 1998 Mobil Four-and Five-Star Award Winners / Jan 1998 
What's The Best Hotel In America? / July 1997 
Historic BB, Puerto Rican Resort Among 8 Newcomers To 1998 AAA Five Diamond Awards / Nov 1997 

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