Auto Club: Top Southern California Hotels and Restaurants Earn 2007 AAA Four Diamond Awards

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(LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18, 2006) — Fifty-five Southern California hotels and 37 restaurants have earned the 2007 AAA Four Diamond Award, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced today.

The coveted plaque featuring four raised diamonds and AAA Four Diamond Award logo was presented to hotel and restaurant general managers and executive chefs during an awards program at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach last night. The award-winning properties are among the top 4 percent of more than 2,600 Southern California hotels, motels, and restaurants inspected by the Auto Club, the nation’s largest AAA affiliate.

“Our members rely on the AAA diamond ratings to seek out upscale dining and travel experiences,” said the Auto Club’s Approved Accommodations Manager Charles Smith. “Today we congratulate the restaurants and hotels that achieved the AAA Four Diamond rating for their hard work, exemplary service and hospitality, and beautiful accommodations. We thank them for delivering what it takes to create the AAA Four Diamond experience.”

The list of 2007 AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants throughout Southern California follows, along with the consecutive years each property has earned the award:

2006 AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants in Southern California

 Years listed
Inyo/Mono Counties Hotel 
Death ValleyFurnace Creek Inn20
Inyo/Mono Counties Restaurant
BridgeportRestaurant 1881 6
Los Angeles County Hotels
Beverly HillsRegent Beverly Wilshire14
 Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows 1
GlendaleHilton Los Angeles North/Glendale & Executive Meeting Center 7
Los Angeles Hilton Checkers4
Hotel Bel-Air26
Omni Los Angeles4
Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Century City19
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza 24
PasadenaThe Westin — Pasadena 2
Santa MonicaThe Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica5
Le Merigot, A JW Marriott Hotel and Spa5
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel18
Los Angeles County Restaurants
Beverly HillsJaan (Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills) 3
 Spago Beverly Hills 3
CalabasasSaddle Peak Lodge10
GlendaleGennaro’s Ristorante7
Porter's Prime Steak House (Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale) 3
Long Beach The Sky Room 3
Los AngelesGardens (Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills)12
L’Orangerie6
Patina16
The Restaurant (Hotel Bel-Air) 9
Marina del Reyjer-ne restaurant (The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey) 6
PasadenaThe Dining Room (The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and Spa)4
The Raymond Restaurant 2
Santa MonicaValentino Restaurant12
Orange County Hotels
AnaheimDisney’s Grand Californian6
Dana PointBlue Lantern Inn16
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa 3
The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa 2
Huntington BeachHilton Waterfront Beach Resort16
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa3
IrvineHyatt Regency Irvine 4
Laguna BeachSurf & Sand Hotel16
Newport Beach The Balboa Bay Club & Resort3
Orange County Restaurants
Dana PointThe Club Grill & Bar11
FullertonThe Cellar17
Huntington BeachThe Californian (Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa)4
Newport BeachPavilion (Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach)13
The First Cabin (The Balboa Bay Club Resort & Spa) 3
The Ritz Restaurant & Garden14
Riverside County Hotels
CabazonMorongo Casino Resort & Spa 2
Indian WellsHyatt Grand Champions Resort 20
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa4
Palm DesertDesert Springs, JW, Marriott Resort & Spa20
Palm SpringsThe Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn10
Rancho MirageThe Westin Mission Hills Resort15
TemeculaPechanga Resort & Casino5
Riverside County Restaurants
Palm SpringsEuropa Restaurant 2
Le Vallauris14
Wally's Desert Turtle 14
RiversideDuane's Prime Steaks & Seafood (Mission Inn) 12
San Bernardino County Hotels
Big Bear LakeAlpenhorn Bed & Breakfast7
San Diego County Hotels
Borrego SpringsLa Casa Del Zorro Resort14
CoronadoHotel del Coronado 2
Loews Coronado Bay Resort15
Del MarL’Auberge Del Mar Resort & Spa5
FallbrookOak Creek Manor — Luxury Bed & Breakfast4
JulianOrchard Hill Country Inn11
La JollaEstancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 2
Hilton La Jolla/ Torrey Pines17
Hyatt Regency La Jolla17
La Valencia Hotel18
PalaPala Casino Resort & Spa 3
Rancho BernardoRancho Bernardo Inn30
Rancho Santa FeRancho Valencia Resort17
San DiegoManchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
14
Omni San Diego Resort 2
San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina23
San Diego County Restaurants
CarlsbadVivace
(Four Seasons Resort Aviara)
8
La JollaA.R. Valentien (The Lodge at Torrey Pines) 3
George’s at the Cove7
Sky Room (La Valencia Hotel)16
Rancho BernardoEl Bizcocho Restaurant
(Rancho Bernardo Inn)
17
Rancho Santa FeMille Fleurs16
San DiegoBaci's 3
Bertrand's at Mister A’s13
Molly's (San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina)

3

San Luis Obispo County Hotels
CambriaBlue Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast16
CayucosCayucos Sunset Inn5
Santa Barbara County Hotels
BallardThe Ballard Inn14
Los OlivosFess Parker’s Wine Country Inn & Spa18
Santa BarbaraFess Parker's Doubletree Resort 1
 Harbor View Inn10
Inn On Summer Hill17
Santa YnezChumash Casino Resort 3
Santa Ynez Inn5
SolvangPetersen Village Inn23
Santa Barbara County Restaurants
BallardBallard Inn Restaurant (The Ballard Inn) 2
Santa Ynez The Willows

2

Ventura County
OjaiMaraville Restaurant (Ojai Valley Inn & Spa)1

AAA’s Diamond rating program is the only hotel and restaurant review system in the nation that uses specially trained full-time field representatives. As part of AAA’s national network, the Auto Club’s own staff reviews establishments in Southern California without prior notification using objective and detailed rating procedures.

Lodging inspections include at least one unannounced inspection each year. Inspectors review and rate exterior, grounds and public areas, room dcor, ambiance and amenities, guest room, bathrooms, housekeeping and maintenance, management and staff and guest services. Once the inspection process is complete, properties that meet all requirements receive a rating of one to five Diamonds.

In the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, AAA inspects more than 57,000 properties each year. Properties are rated within their own classification, such as motel, hotel, bed & breakfast, etc. There are 13 classifications, ranging from facilities that offer limited services to those offering full services. Fewer than 3 percent of the estimated 32,000 AAA-rated lodgings and less than 4 percent of the estimated 25,000 restaurants attain AAA Four Diamond status. Approximately 60 percent of all lodging facilities in the nation qualify for a one to five Diamond rating. AAA Five Diamond hotel and restaurant ratings will be announced in November.

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