For 2013, nine more hotels achieved the prestigious honor of AAA’s top level, Five Diamond. A total of 125 hotels and 53 restaurants in North America are now AAA Five Diamond certified. That is only .3 percent of the total 59,000 rated AAA hotels and restaurants! From the AAA press release:
The path to a Five Diamond Rating is rigorous. Properties identified by AAA as potential candidates for the Five Diamond Rating undergo multiple unannounced evaluations by a AAA inspector and final decision by a panel of experts. In addition to the evaluation of physical attributes, potential Five Diamond establishments are subject to thorough onsite assessments of all guest services from the initial reservation through checkout for hotels and from seating to presentation for restaurants. Each area is evaluated based on level of competence, refinement and hospitality.
Here is a list of the new AAA Approved Five Diamond Hotels and Restaurants:
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 Montréal, Québec, 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.
Here is a great infographic that shows the current breakdown of hotel rankings:
Congratulations to the newly selected hotels and restaurants as well as the other 165 hotels and restaurants that were able to maintain their five diamond status!