AAA Adds 8 Hotels and 6 Restaurants to Exclusive Five Diamond List for 2015

aaa-five-diamond-awardAAA has published their new list of approved Five Diamond Hotels for 2015.  Continuing the recent trend, the number of approved hotels has dropped again this year, from 124 to only 121.  AAA added 8 new or returning hotels this year, and removed 11 hotels that were approved in 2014.  The new hotels added are the following:

  • Four Seasons Hotel Denver – Denver, Colo.
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
  • Grand Luxxe – Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
  • One&Only Palmilla – San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
  • Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
  • Shangri-La Hotel – Toronto, Ontario
  • The Langham, Chicago – Chicago, Ill.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman – Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

The new Five Diamond Restaurants are the following:

  • Le Chique – Puerto Morelos, Mexico
  • Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Palme d’Or – Coral Gables, Fla.
  • Passion by Martin Berasategui – Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • Saison – San Francisco, Calif.
  • Twist – Las Vegas, Nev.

Congratulations to the new award-winning hotels and restaurants!  From the AAA press release:

2015_HotelDiamondlRatings_infographicAAA has unveiled 121 hotels and 63 restaurants that have earned the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2015 Five Diamond Award lists. This exclusive group represents just 0.3 percent of the more than 58,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants.

AAA inspectors collectively visit approximately 1,200 hotels and restaurants each week, allowing them to identify emerging trends in the industry. “At the ultra-luxury level we’re seeing an increasing number of hotels offering guests the choice of high-end service by white glove or touch screen — in person or electronically,” said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. “They’re complementing personal delivery with technology options such as in-room iPads and TV menus for ordering and scheduling services, apps for accessing newspapers and local reservations, mobile check-in and text alerts when their room is ready. Some Five Diamond hotels even place a TV within the bathroom mirror to complete guests’ high-tech stay.”

Of note among the new additions to the 2015 list is the Orlando area’s only Five Diamond hotel, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, marked by numerous upscale service options. Each room is equipped with an iPad that serves as the radio, resort map, event guide and newspaper, as well as a Bose Bluetooth speaker system and high-tech keypads that control lighting, air temperature and even guests’ request for privacy. For additional custom luxury, guests can create their own fragrance at the spa’s Aroma Design Bar. At the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto, the guest room drapes, bedside lighting and air-conditioning system are all electronically controlled by the guest. In-room iPads are available to order room service, call housekeeping or contact the 24-hour concierge.

The best high-end restaurants are fast becoming international destinations by providing a unique dining experience in which the selection and enjoyment of exceptional food is also an educational event. Typically, Five Diamond restaurants are ahead of trends in farm-to-table and super-local food sourcing.  Directed by artistic whims, the chef creates solid, lifelong relationships with farmers, purveyors and producers who can deliver the finest ingredients, whether it’s coffee, olive oil or artisan cheeses.

At the Inn at Little Washington Dining Room in Washington, Va., for example, AAA’s longest tenured Five Diamond restaurant, Chef Patrick O’Connell uses as many local ingredients and foods as possible, along with bounty from his own garden, applying masterful techniques to create captivating results. At Eleven Madison Park in New York City, diners are invited to build their dinner around specific ingredients instead of predetermined recipes. But it’s the service experience that shines brightest as guests are pampered in a manner that is intimate yet relaxed. With personalized service or surprising insight, each staff member adds a special touch to the guest’s dining experience, creating a powerful, memorable event.

Currently only .4% of all AAA rated hotels achieved the Five Diamond Rating.  Only 5.4% of all of the AAA rated hotels achieved the Four Diamond Rating.  AAA rated 28,500 hotels for 2015.

Here is the full list of 2015 AAA Five Diamond Rated Hotels:


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (1991)

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (2001)

The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician (2007)

The Phoenician (2004)


L’Ermitage Beverly Hills (2001)

The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows (2008)

The Peninsula Beverly Hills (1993)

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1999)

St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach (2007)

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (1986)

The Lodge at Torrey Pines (2002)

Montage Laguna Beach (2012)

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey (1992)

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara (2005)

The Resort at Pelican Hill (2009)

Château du Sureau (2013)

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (2006)

Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa (2014)*

The Grand Del Mar (2009)

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco (1994)

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe (2011)

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village (2008)


The Little Nell (1991)

The Broadmoor (1976)

Four Seasons Hotel Denver (2014)*

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver (2010)


Winvian (2010)

The Mayflower Grace (1996)

District of Columbia

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. (1989)

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington DC (2004)

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. (2001)


St. Regis Bal Harbour (2012)

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (2012)

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale (2009)

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (2014)*

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (2008)

Four Seasons Hotel Miami (2006)

Mandarin Oriental, Miami (2011)

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples (2003)

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (1987)

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach (2009)

The Breakers, Palm Beach (1996)

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (2002)

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota (2005)

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach (2009)


Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta (1999)

St. Regis Atlanta Hotel & Residences (2010)

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta (2003)

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead (1986)

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation (2006)

The Lodge at Sea Island (2001)


The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (1996)

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu (1998)

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (1991)


Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (1990)

The Langham, Chicago (2014)*

The Peninsula Chicago (2002)

Trump International Hotel & Tower (2010)

Waldorf Astoria Chicago (2010)


Four Seasons Hotel Boston (1988)

Mandarin Oriental Boston (2009)

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common (2010)


Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis (2008)


ARIA Resort & Casino (2010)

ARIA Sky Suites (2011)

Bellagio (2001)

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (1999)

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas (2010)

SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand (2006)

Wynn Tower Suites (2013)

New York

Four Seasons Hotel New York (1994)

Mandarin Oriental, New York (2005)

The Peninsula New York (1999)

The Pierre New York-A Taj Hotel (2009)

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park (2002)

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park (2002)

Trump International Hotel & Tower (2010)

Trump SoHo® New York (2012)

North Carolina

The Umstead Hotel & Spa (2007)

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte (2010)

The Fearrington House Inn (1994)


Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (2006)

The Rittenhouse (1991)

Rhode Island

Ocean House (2011)

South Carolina

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort (2011)

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (2006)


The Hermitage Hotel (2003)


Four Seasons Hotel Houston (2010)


Montage Deer Valley (2013)

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley (2002)


The Inn at Little Washington (1989)


The American Club (1985)


Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole (2006)


Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver (2012)

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler (2007)

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (2013)

Shangri-La Hotel Toronto (2014)*

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto (2011)

The Ritz-Carlton Montréal (2012)


Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort (2011)

Sandy Lane Hotel (2003)

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (2014)*

Tortuga Bay Punta Cana Resort & Club (2010)

Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies (2012)

St. Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico (2012)

Jade Mountain Resort (2010)


Capella Pedregal Resort and Spa (2012)

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort (2002)

One&Only Palmilla (2014)*

Banyan Tree Cabo Marques (2013)

Grand Luxxe (2014)*

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit (2007)

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico (2001)

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort (2009)

Le Blanc Spa Resort (2010)

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun (1996)

Fairmont Mayakoba (2007)

Grand Velas Riviera Maya (2010)

Rosewood Mayakobá (2009)

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun (2013)

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (2004)


Source:  AAA