Four Diamond Awards Announced for Top Local Hotels, Restaurants

(LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20, 2012) — Eighty-five Southern California hotels and 37 restaurants have earned the 2012 AAA Four Diamond Award®, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced today.  Eighteen locations appear as newcomers on the list including the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, The Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes and La Bellasera Hotel & Suites Paso Robles. 
The coveted AAA Four Diamond Award is presented to hotel and restaurant general managers and executive chefs to recognize the award-winning properties, which rank among the top 3.8 percent of  59,000 hotels and restaurants inspected by the AAA and the Auto Club, the nation’s largest AAA affiliate.
“Four Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants are committed to providing every guest with a high level of personalized service in comfortable, luxurious surroundings,” said the Auto Club’s Approved Accommodations Supervisor Patricia Marenco.  “We are proud to recognize Southern California’s hotels and restaurants that earn the AAA Four Diamond rating. To maintain a very high standard of personalized service in their hotels and restaurants in order to continue pleasing their guests is a significant accomplishment.” 
The list of 2012 AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants throughout Southern California follows, along with the year rated:
 Inyo/Mono Counties HotelsYear Rated
DEATH VALLEYThe Inn at Furnace Creek1987
MAMMOTH LAKESThe Westin Monache Resort2011
 Los Angeles County Hotels 
BEVERLY HILLSBeverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel1993
BEVERLY HILLSSLS Hotel at Beverly Hills2009
BURBANKHotel Amarano Burbank2011
GLENDALEHilton Los Angeles North/Glendale2000
 & Executive Meeting Center 
HOLLYWOODRenaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa2008
HOLLYWOODW Hollywood2010
LOS ANGELESHyatt Regency Century Plaza & Spa1983
LOS ANGELESJW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE2011
LOS ANGELESInterContinental Los Angeles Century City1988
LOS ANGELESThe Ritz- Carlton, Los Angeles2011
LOS ANGELESSofitel Los Angeles1993
LOS ANGELESOmni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza2003
LOS ANGELESHotel Palomar LA Westwood2011
LOS ANGELESFour Seasons Hotel Los Angeles
at Beverly Hills
PASADENAThe Westin-Pasadena2005
Terranea Resort2010
SAN GABRIELHilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel2011
SANTA MONICALoews Santa Monica Beach Hotel1989
SANTA MONICAThe Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows2002
SANTA MONICAJW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot2002
UNIVERSAL CITYHilton Los Angeles/Universal City2007
WEST HOLLYWOODSunset Marquis Hotel & Villas2007
WEST HOLLYWOODThe London West Hollywood2008
WESTLAKE VILLAGEWestlake Village Inn2011
 Los Angeles County Restaurants 
BEVERLY HILLSThe Blvd (Beverly Wilshire
Four Seasons Hotel)
BEVERLY HILLSCut (Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel)2010
BEVERLY HILLSSpago Beverly Hills2004
CALABASASSaddle Peak Lodge1997
GLENDALEGennaro's Ristorante2000
LONG BEACHThe Sky Room2004
LOS ANGELESCulina (Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills)1995
MARINA DEL REYjer-ne restaurant (The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey)2001
PASADENAThe Raymond Restaurant2005
SANTA MONICAValentino Santa Monica1995
WESTLAKE VILLAGEHampton's (Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village)2007
 Orange County Hotels 
ANAHEIMDisneyland Hotel2011
ANAHEIMDisney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa2001
DANA POINTLaguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa2004
DANA POINTBlue Lantern Inn1991
Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
The Waterfront Beach Resort,
A Hilton Hotel
LAGUNA BEACHSurf & Sand Resort1991
LAGUNA BEACHMontage Laguna Beach2010
NEWPORT BEACHThe Balboa Bay Club & Resort2004
NEWPORT BEACHFairmont Newport Beach2007
 Orange County Restaurants 
ANAHEIMNapa Rose (Disney's
Grand California Hotel & Spa)
FULLERTONThe Cellar1990
HUNTINGTON BEACHThe Californian (Hyatt Regency
Huntington Beach Resort & Spa)
LAGUNA BEACHStudio (Montage Laguna Beach)2008
NEWPORT BEACHPalm Terrace Restaurant
(Island Hotel Newport Beach)
The Balboa Bay Club & Resort
NEWPORT BEACHThe Ritz Restaurant and Garden1993
 Riverside County Hotels 
CABAZONMorongo Casino Resort & Spa2005
INDIAN WELLSHyatt Grand Champions Resort1987
INDIAN WELLSMiramonte Resort and Spa2008
INDIAN WELLSRenaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa2003
PALM DESERTJW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa1987
PALM SPRINGSThe Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn1997
RANCHO MIRAGEAgua Caliente Casino Resort Spa2009
RANCHO MIRAGEThe Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa2009
RIVERSIDEThe Mission Inn Hotel & Spa2010
TEMECULAPechanga Resort and Casino2002
 Riverside County Restaurants 
CABAZONCielo (Morongo Casino Resort & Spa)2011
PALM SPRINGSEuropa Restaurant at the Villa Royale Inn2005
PALM SPRINGSLe Vallauris1993
RANCHO MIRAGEWally's Desert Turtle1993
RIVERSIDEDuane's Prime Steaks
& Seafood (Mission Inn Hotel & Spa)
 San Bernardino County Hotels 
BIG BEAR LAKEAlpenhorn Bed & Breakfast2000
LAKE ARROWHEADLake Arrowhead Resort and Spa2010
 San Diego County Hotels 
CORONADOLoews Coronado Bay1992
CORONADOHotel del Coronado2005
DEL MARL'Auberge Del Mar2002
JAMULJamul Haven2011
JULIANOrchard Hill Country Inn1996
LA JOLLAThe Grande Colonial2008
LA JOLLAEstancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa2005
LA JOLLAHyatt Regency La Jolla1990
LA JOLLALa Valencia Hotel2010
LAKESIDEBarona Resort & Casino2010
PALAPala Casino Spa and Resort2004
RANCHO SANTA FERancho Valencia, an Auberge Resort1990
RANCHO BERNARDORancho Bernardo Inn1977
SAN DIEGOHyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina2011
SAN DIEGOSan Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina1984
SAN DIEGOHard Rock Hotel San Diego2008
SAN DIEGOHilton San Diego Bayfront2011
SAN DIEGOPacific Terrace Hotel2007
SAN DIEGOParadise Point 2011
SAN DIEGOThe US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel2007
SAN DIEGOThe Westin San Diego1994
SAN DIEGOOmni San Diego Hotel2005
SAN DIEGOThe Westgate Hotel2007
VALLEY CENTERHarrah's Rincon Casino & Resort2009
 San Diego County Restaurants 
CARLSBADVivace (Hyatt Park Aviara Resort)1999
LA JOLLADonovan's Steak & Chop House2010
LA JOLLAA.R. Valentien (The Lodge at Torrey Pines)2004
LA JOLLAGeorge's California Modern2000
LA JOLLASky Room (La Valencia Hotel)1991
RANCHO SANTA FEMille Fleurs1991
SAN DIEGOEl Bizcocho Restaurant
(Rancho Bernardo Inn)
SAN DIEGOBaci's2004
SAN DIEGOBertrand at Mister A's1994
SAN DIEGOGrant Grill (The US Grant)2007
 San Luis Obispo County Hotels 
CAMBRIABlue Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast1991
CAMBRIAPelican Cove Inn2008
CAYUCOSCayucos Sunset Inn2002
PASO ROBLESLa Bellasera Hotel & Suites2011
PISMO BEACHDolphin Bay Resort & Spa2009
 Santa Barbara County Hotels 
SANTA BARBARAInn On Summer Hill1990
SANTA BARBARAFess Parker's DoubleTree Resort by Hilton2006
SANTA BARBARAHarbor View Inn1997
SANTA YNEZSanta Ynez Inn2002
SANTA YNEZChumash Casino Resort & Spa2004
SOLVANGHotel Corque2011
SOLVANGPetersen Village Inn1984
SOLVANGThe Ballard Inn1993
 Santa Barbara County Restaurants 
SANTA YNEZThe Willows (Chumash Casino Resort & Spa)2005
SOLVANGThe Ballard Inn Restaurant (The Ballard Inn)2005
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 décor, 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.
AAA approves and rates more than 59,000 lodgings and restaurants each year throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotel and restaurant listings can be found in the AAA TourBook® guides available at AAA and CAA branches across the continent. They can be accessed online at and through downloadable eTourBookSM guides at Smartphone users can locate Diamond Rated establishments using the free AAA TripTik® Mobile app or AAA Mobile Web at

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