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
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
each added three new Five Diamond establishments:
added one hotel and two restaurants, while
added two hotels and one restaurant.
's additions include the only new Five Diamond pair: The Ritz-Carlton,
and its on-site restaurant, Salt.
New Five Diamond Hotels (9):
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Regis Bal Harbour
Bal Harbour, Fla.
Fernandina Beach, Fla.
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,
St. Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico, Rio Grande,
Capella Pedregal Resort and Spa,
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
New Five Diamond Restaurants (4):
San Francisco, Calif.
Salt (in The Ritz-Carlton,
Fernandina Beach, Fla.
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
, 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.