A total of 125 luxurious hotels and 53 world-class restaurants across North America begin the new year with the travel authority's highest property rating
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AAA announced today the 178 select establishments that earned the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2013 Five Diamond Award ® list. Representing just 0.3 percent of the total 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, this exclusive group provides unique experiences chock full of leading-edge creativity and highly personalized hospitality to satisfy even the most savvy traveler.
Of note among the 13 new additions are the only AAA Five Diamond hotels in Puerto Rico and Nevis. New York and Florida each added three new Five Diamond establishments: New York added one hotel and two restaurants, while Florida added two hotels and one restaurant. Florida's additions include the only new Five Diamond pair: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and its on-site restaurant, Salt.
New Five Diamond Hotels (9):Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, Calif. St. Regis Bal Harbour, Bal Harbour, Fla. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Fla. Trump SoHo New York, New York, N.Y. Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada The Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Quebec, Canada Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies, Charlestown, Nevis St. Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Capella Pedregal Resort and Spa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico New Five Diamond Restaurants (4): Benu, San Francisco, Calif. Salt (in The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island), Fernandina Beach, Fla. Eleven Madison Park, New York, N.Y. Le Bernardin, New York, N.Y. "AAA Five Diamond hotels offer guests a meticulous degree of personalized attention and extensive amenities in a luxurious setting, and Five Diamond restaurants feature world-class service and imaginative menus using the finest ingredients," said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Tourism Information Development. "These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector -- and AAA is pleased to recognize them with a Five Diamond Rating." Collectively visiting some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week, AAA inspectors are in a unique position to identify emerging trends in the hospitality industry. Inspectors have observed hotels and restaurants using increasingly personalized approaches to enhance guest comfort and satisfaction. "The definition of Five Diamond luxury continues to evolve as guests seek unique experiences with intrinsic value," said Petrone.