Top 99 Southern California Hotels, 35 Restaurants Earn AAA Four Diamond Awards

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Bouchon in Santa Barbara is a new AAA 4 Diamond-rated restaurant. (Photo courtesy of Bouchon)

Ninety-nine Southern California hotels and 35 restaurants have earned the AAA Four Diamond Award®, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced today.  Seven locations appear on the list for the first time, including six hotels:


  • Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort, Oxnard
  • Island Hotel, Newport Beach
  • La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
  • Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, Beverly Hills
  • Montage Beverly Hills
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage


Also appearing is a new AAA Four Diamond restaurant:

  • Bouchon, Santa Barbara


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 58,000 hotels and restaurants inspected by AAA and the Auto Club, the nation’s largest AAA affiliate.


“These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector. We’re proud to have these dedicated businesses in our region,” said the Auto Club’s Approved Accommodations Supervisor Patricia Marenco. “AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants are committed to providing guests with a high-quality experience,” she added. 


“Creative chefs, imaginative menus, fresh ingredients, along with comfortable and high-quality surroundings, and expert staff characterize Southern California’s hotels and restaurants that earn the AAA Four Diamond rating. We applaud everyone at these establishments who work hard to exceed expectations of domestic and global travelers,” said Marenco.


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 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.


The list of AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants throughout Southern California follows, along with the 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
  Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel 2014
  Montage Beverly Hills 2014
  SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills 2009
Burbank Hotel Amarano Burbank 2011
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
  Hyatt Regency Century Plaza 1983
  Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City 1988
  JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE 2011
  Luxe City Center Hotel 2013
  Mr. C Beverly Hills 2012
  Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza 2003
  Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills 1993
  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 JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot 2002
  Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica 2013
  Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel 1989
  Shore Hotel 2012
  The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows 2002
Universal City Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City 2007
West Hollywood Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas 2007
  The London West Hollywood 2008
Los Angeles County Restaurants    
Beverly Hills Bouchon 2011
  Cut by Wolfgang Puck (Beverly Wilshire Four 2010
  Seasons Hotel)  
  Spago Beverly Hills 2004
  The Blvd (Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel) 2011
Calabasas Saddle Peak Lodge 1997
Los Angeles Culina Modern Italian (Four Seasons 1995
  Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills)  
  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 Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa 2003
  The Waterfront Beach Resort A Hilton Hotel 1991
Laguna Beach Surf & Sand Resort 1991
Newport Beach The Balboa Bay Resort 2004
  Fairmont Newport Beach 2007
  Island Hotel Newport Beach 2014
Orange County Restaurants    
Anaheim Napa Rose (Disney's Grand Californian  2010
  Hotel & Spa)  
Dana Point Raya (The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel) 2012
Fullerton The Cellar 1990
Laguna Beach Studio (Montage Laguna Beach) 2008
Riverside County Hotels    
Cabazon Morongo Casino Resort & Spa 2005
Indian Wells Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 1987
  Miramonte Resort & Spa 2008
  Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa 2003
La Quinta La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria  2014
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 Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 2014
  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 (Morongo Casino Resort & Spa) 2011
Indian Wells Sirocco (Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa) 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 (Mission 1995
  Inn Hotel & Spa)  
Temecula Great Oak Steakhouse (Pechanga Resort 2012
  and Casino)  
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
  Rancho Bernardo Inn 1977
  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 1994
  The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter 2012
  Viejas Casino & Resort 2013
Valley Center Harrah's Resort 2009
San Diego County Restaurants    
Carlsbad Argyle Steakhouse 2012
  Vivace (Park Hyatt Aviara Resort) 1999
La Jolla A.R. Valentien (The Lodge at Torrey Pines) 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 (The US Grant) 2007
San Luis Obispo County Hotels    
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 Harbor View Inn 1997
  Inn On Summer Hill 1990
  Simpson House Inn 2013
  The Fess Parker, A Doubletree by Hilton Resort 2006
Santa Ynez Chumash Casino Resort & Spa 2004
  Santa Ynez Inn 2002
Solvang Hotel Corque 2011
  The Ballard Inn 1993
Santa Barbara County Restaurants    
Santa Barbara Bouchon 2014
Santa Ynez The Willows (Chumash Casino Resort & Spa) 2005
Solvang The Ballard Inn Restaurant (The Ballard Inn) 2005
Ventura County Hotels    
Oxnard Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort 2014
Westlake Village Westlake Village Inn 2011
Ventura County Restaurants    
Ojai Maravilla (Ojai Valley Inn & Spa) 2012
Westlake Village Hampton's (Four Seasons Hotel 2007
  Westlake Village)  


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.

Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA trip planning products: the AAA Mobile® app for tablets and smartphones, the desktop and mobile versions of the TripTik® Travel Planner  online mapping and routing tool, searchable Travel Guides on and AAA TourBook® guides available to members at AAA/CAA offices.


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. 


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