Auto Club Announces SoCal Five Diamond Ratings

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, has been a AAA Five Diamond rated property since 1986. (Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton)

Fifteen Southern California hotels and two restaurants have received the AAA Five Diamond Award®, the travel authority’s highest rating, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. 


The Auto Club and AAA’s professional inspectors evaluate and rate 1,200 hotels and restaurants each week or 58,000 lodgings and restaurants each year, more than any other rating entity.


“The AAA Five Diamond Rating is a rating award that’s earned through very hard work while providing guests a highly-personalized luxury experience, and doing so through personal assistance or new technology options such as iPads and TV menus,” said the Auto Club’s Approved Accommodations Supervisor Patricia Marenco.  “The Auto Club congratulates Southern California’s 17 outstanding 2015 AAA Five Diamond establishments, their management and employees on their amazing accomplishment.”


Only about 0.3 percent of the 58,000 lodgings and restaurants earn the prestigious AAA Five Diamond distinction. Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA trip planning products: the eTourBook® guides and AAA Mobile® app for tablets and smartphones, the TripTik® Travel Planner and Travel Guides on and AAA TourBook® guides available at AAA/CAA offices.


The AAA Diamond rating system provides consumers with the broadest coverage of any U.S. rating system, geographically and by number of properties rated, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. 


To be considered for AAA approval and rating, lodgings and restaurants must undergo a thorough inspection. The Auto Club’s full-time inspection staff reviews Southern California establishments. AAA Five Diamond establishments go through the most extensive reviews of the Diamond rating programs with candidates for the rating undergoing multiple unannounced evaluations.  The inspectors bring significant prior industry experience to the association and apply that experience to give members effective, consistent evaluations that can be used to select the property and restaurant that meets their travel desires.


The Southern California hotels that received the AAA Five Diamond Award with year first rated:

Beverly Hills

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


Dana Point

St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach, 2007

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1986


La Jolla

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 2002


Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach, 2012


Marina del Rey

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, 1992


Newport Beach

The Resort at Pelican Hill (Newport Coast), 2009



Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, 2006


San Diego

Rancho Valencia Resort And Spa, (Rancho Santa Fe), 2014

The Grand Del Mar, 2009


Santa Barbara

Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara (Montecito), 2005


Westlake Village

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, 2008


Two Southern California restaurants receiving a 2015 AAA Five Diamond rating with year rated are:

Beverly Hills

The Belvedere (at The Peninsula Beverly Hills), 1995


San Diego

Addison (at The Grand Del Mar), 2008


AAA started listing accommodation information in its travel publications in the early 1900s.  AAA has been doing field inspections of restaurants and lodgings since 1937.