Southern California AAA Four Diamond Awards Announced

100 Hotels, 39 Restaurants Earn Awards

One hundred Southern California hotels and 39 restaurants have earned the AAA Four Diamond Award®, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced today.  Fourteen locations appear on the list for the first time, including 13 hotels:







  • Andaz, San Diego
  • Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel, Costa Mesa
  • Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, Carlsbad
  • Hyatt Regency, Long Beach
  • Le Meridien Delfina, Santa Monica
  • Luxe City Center Hotel, Los Angeles
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego
  • Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego
  • San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
  • Simpson House Inn, Santa Barbara
  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
  • Viejas Casino Resort & Spa, Alpine, San Diego
  • W Los Angeles-Westwood, Los Angeles


There is one new AAA Four Diamond restaurant:


  • The Marine Room, La Jolla


The coveted AAA Four Diamond Award is presented to hotel and restaurant general managers and executive chefs to recognize award-winning properties, which rank among the top 3.9 percent of 59,000 hotels and restaurants inspected by AAA and the Auto Club, the nation’s largest AAA affiliate.


“A combination of major renovations and investments in properties have increased the number of  hotels on the AAA Four Diamond list this year,” according to the Auto Club’s Approved Accommodations Supervisor Patricia Marenco. “AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants are committed to providing guests with a high-quality and personalized experience in very comfortable surroundings,” said Marenco.  “We’re always proud to recognize Southern California’s hotels and restaurants that earn the AAA Four Diamond rating. These establishments and their dedicated employees consistently exceed expectations of domestic and worldwide travelers.”


AAA’s Diamond rating program is the only hotel and restaurant review system in the nation that uses specially trained full-time field representatives who collectively visit some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week. 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.


In order to achieve four diamonds, the lodging establishments must be “refined, stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail,” according the Diamond rating guidelines. AAA profiles its lodging inspection process in this YouTube Video.


The list of AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants throughout Southern California follows, along with first year the establishment was rated:

Inyo/Mono Counties Hotels Year Rated
Death Valley National Park The Inn at Furnace Creek 1987
Mammoth Lakes The Westin Monache Resort 2011
Los Angeles County Hotels  
Beverly Hills Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel 1993
  SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills 2009
Burbank Hotel Amarano Burbank 2011
Glendale Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale 2000
  & Executive Meeting Center  
Hollywood Loews Hollywood 2008
  W Hollywood 2010
Long Beach Hyatt Regency Long Beach 2013
Los Angeles Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills 2011
  Hotel Bel-Air 2012
  Hotel Palomar La Westwood 2011
  Hyatt Regency Century Plaza 1983
  InterContinental Los Angeles Century City 1988
  Luxe City Center Hotel 2013
  JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live 2011
  Mr. C Beverly Hills 2012
  Omni Los Angeles Hotel At California Plaza 2003
  Sofitel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills 1993
  The Hotel Wilshire 2012
  The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles 2011
  The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites 2013
  W Los Angeles-Westwood 2013
Pasadena The Westin-Pasadena 2005
Rancho Palos Verdes Terranea Resort 2010
San Gabriel Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel 2011
Santa Monica The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows 2002
  JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot 2002
  Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica 2013
  Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel 1989
  Shore Hotel 2012
Universal City Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City 2007
West Hollywood The London West Hollywood 2008
  Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas 2007
Los Angeles County Restaurants  
Beverly Hills Bouchon 2011
  Cut by Wolfgang Puck 2010
  Spago Beverly Hills 2004
  The Blvd 2011
Calabasas Saddle Peak Lodge 1997
Glendale Gennaro's Ristorante 2000
Los Angeles Culina Modern Italian 1995
  Patina 1991
Pasadena The Raymond Restaurant 2005
Santa Monica Melisse 2012
  Valentino Santa Monica 1995
Orange County Hotels    
Anaheim Disneyland Hotel 2011
  Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa 2001
Costa Mesa Avenue Of The Arts Wyndham Hotel 2013
Dana Point Blue Lantern Inn 1991
  Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa 2004
Huntington Beach The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel 1991
  Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa 2003
Laguna Beach Surf & Sand Resort 1991
Newport Beach The Balboa Bay Resort 2004
  Fairmont Newport Beach 2007
Orange County Restaurants  
Anaheim Napa Rose 2010
Dana Point Raya 2012
Fullerton The Cellar 1990
Huntington Beach The Californian 2003
Laguna Beach Studio 2008
Newport Beach Palm Terrace Restaurant 2007
  The First Cabin At The Balboa Bay Club & Resort 2004
  The Ritz Restaurant And Garden 1993
Riverside County Hotels    
Cabazon Morongo Casino Resort & Spa 2005
Indian Wells Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 1987
  Miramonte Resort And Spa 2008
  Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa 2003
Palm Desert JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 1987
Palm Springs The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn 1997
Rancho Mirage Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa 2009
  The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa 2009
Riverside The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa 2010
Temecula Pechanga Resort and Casino 2002
  Ponte Vineyard Inn 2012
Riverside County Restaurants  
Cabazon Cielo 2011
Indian Wells Sirocco 2012
Palm Springs Europa Restaurant At The Villa Royale Inn 2005
  Le Vallauris 1993
Rancho Mirage Wally's Desert Turtle 1993
Riverside Duane's Prime Steaks & Seafood 1995
Temecula Great Oak Steakhouse 2012
San Bernardino County Hotels  
Lake Arrowhead Lake Arrowhead Resort And Spa 2010
San Diego County Hotels    
Carlsbad Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa 2013
Coronado Hotel Del Coronado 2005
  Loews Coronado Bay 1992
Del Mar L'Auberge Del Mar 2002
Jamul Jamul Haven 2011
Julian Orchard Hill Country Inn 1996
La Jolla Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 2005
  Hyatt Regency La Jolla 1990
  La Valencia Hotel 2010
  The Grande Colonial 2008
Lakeside Barona Resort & Casino 2010
Pala Pala Casino Spa And Resort 2004
San Diego Andaz San Diego 2013
  Hard Rock Hotel San Diego 2008
  Hilton San Diego Bayfront 2011
  Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa And Marina 2011
  Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego 2013
  Omni San Diego Hotel 2005
  Pacific Terrace Hotel 2007
  Paradise Point Resort & Spa 2011
  Rancho Bernardo Inn 1977
  Rancho Valencia Resort And Spa 2013
  San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter 2013
  San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina 1984
  The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel 2007
  The Westgate Hotel 2007
  The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter 2012
  The Westin San Diego 1994
  Viejas Casino & Resort 2013
Valley Center Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort 2009
San Diego County Restaurants  
Carlsbad Argyle Steakhouse 2012
  Vivace 1999
La Jolla A.R. Valentien 2004
  Donovan's Steak & Chop House 2010
  George's California Modern 2000
  The Marine Room 2013
Rancho Santa Fe Mille Fleurs 1991
San Diego Bertrand At Mister A's 1994
  Grant Grill 2007
San Luis Obispo County Hotels  
Cayucos Cayucos Sunset Inn 2002
Paso Robles La Bellasera Hotel & Suites 2011
Pismo Beach Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa 2009
Santa Barbara County Hotels  
Los Olivos Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa 2012
Santa Barbara The Fess Parker, A Doubletree By Hilton Resort 2006
  Harbor View Inn 1997
  Inn On Summer Hill 1990
  Simpson House Inn 2013
Santa Ynez Chumash Casino Resort & Spa 2004
  Santa Ynez Inn 2002
Solvang Hotel Corque 2011
  The Ballard Inn 1993
  Petersen Village Inn 1984
Santa Barbara County Restaurants  
Santa Ynez The Willows 2005
Solvang The Ballard Inn Restaurant 2005
Ventura County Hotels    
Westlake Village Westlake Village Inn 2011
Ventura County Restaurants  
Ojai Maravilla 2012
Westlake Village Hampton's 2007



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 rates more properties than any other rating entity.  It’s the only rating system that covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean and the only rating system that conducts professional, on-site evaluations using published guidelines weighted by AAA member priorities. 


Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants are listed 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.


For complete lists of AAA/CAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants and rating definitions, visit