Top So. Calif. Hotels Receive AAA Five, Four Diamond Ratings

Five Lodgings Receive Their First AAA Four Diamond Award

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

AAA has unveiled 121 hotels nationally that have earned the AAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for this year’s Five Diamond award list.  Honorees run the gamut from regal historic inns to sleek high-tech high rises and sprawling coastal resorts.  Eight hotels have been added to the national list as Five Diamond honorees throughout the past year.  Of the 121 hotels, 13 are located throughout Southern California. 


The hotels receiving a AAA Five Diamond rating undergo a number of checks and balances including in-person inspections, anonymous overnight stays and finally, review by a panel of experts to ensure credibility.  Fewer than half of one percent of the more than 27,000 AAA Inspected and Approved hotels received the Five Diamond rating. 


“Hotels that aim for a AAA Five Diamond rating must differentiate themselves through advanced design concepts, highest quality furnishings and scrupulous attention to guest service,” said the Auto Club’s Approved Accommodations Supervisor Patricia Marenco.  “The Auto Club congratulates Southern California’s thirteen AAA Five Diamond establishments for making exceptional customer service happen every day.”


The Automobile Club of Southern California also announced the AAA Four Diamond Award® list of 99 hotels for the Southland.  Five hotels received their first AAA Four Diamond rating, following rigorous and professional inspections: the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in San Luis Obispo, The Grand Idyllwild Lodge in Idyllwild, the Santa Barbara Inn in Santa Barbara, the Viceroy L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills and the Viceroy Santa Monica.   


Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA trip planning products: the  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 ratings provides consumers with the broadest coverage of any rating system, geographically and by number of properties rated, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. 


To be considered for a AAA rating, lodgings (and restaurants) must undergo a thorough inspection. 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 Auto Club’s inspectors bring prior industry experience to the association and apply that experience to give AAA members effective, consistent evaluations that can be used to select the property and restaurant that meets their travel desires. (The AAA Four and Five Diamond ratings for restaurants will be announced in February.)

Southern California AAA Five Diamond-rated hotels with year first rated:  
Community and Hotel Year Rated
Beverly Hills  
The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows  2008
The Peninsula Beverly Hills  1993
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa  1999
Dana Point  
Monarch Beach Resort 2007
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel  1986
La Jolla  
The Lodge at Torrey Pines  2002
Laguna Beach  
Montage Laguna Beach  2012
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara 2005
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
Fairmont Grand Del Mar  2009
Westlake Village  
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village  2008

For more information about Diamond Ratings and the complete lists of AAA Four and Five Diamond hotels, visit   AAA started listing accommodation information in its travel publications in the early 1900s. AAA has been doing field inspections of lodgings since 1937. 


AAA Four Diamond Ratings in Southern California Also Announced by Auto Club


In Southern California, 99 hotels have earned the AAA Four Diamond Award®, the Auto Club also announced today.  The coveted AAA Four Diamond Award is presented to hotel general managers to recognize award-winning properties inspected by AAA and the Auto Club, the nation’s largest AAA affiliate.


To achieve AAA 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 AAA Diamond rating guidelines.


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 is complete, properties that meet all requirements receive a rating of one to five Diamonds. 

AAA Four Diamond Hotels throughout Southern California, along with first year rated:
Inyo/Mono Counties Hotels   Year Rated
Mammoth Lakes The Westin Monache Resort 2011
Kern County Hotels    
Bakersfield The Padre Hotel 2015
Los Angeles County Hotels    
Beverly Hills Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel 1993
  Montage Beverly Hills 2014
  SLS Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, 2009
  Beverly Hills  
  Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills  2017
Burbank Hotel Amarano Burbank 2011
Hollywood Loews Hollywood Hotel 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
  InterContinental Los Angeles Century City 1988
  JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE 2011
  Luxe City Center Hotel 2013
  Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel 2015
  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
Marina del Rey The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey 2015
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
  Viceroy Santa Monica  2017
Universal City Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City 2007
West Hollywood Sunset Marquis at Beverly Hills   2007
  The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills 2008
Orange County Hotels    
Anaheim Disneyland Hotel® 2011
  Disney’s Grand Californian® Hotel & Spa 2011
Costa Mesa Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, A Tribute Portfolio 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 Balboa Bay Resort 2004
  Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach 2014
  The Duke Hotel Newport Beach 2007
Riverside County Hotels    
Cabazon Morongo Casino Resort & Spa 2005
Idyllwild The Grand Idyllwild Lodge 2017
Indian Wells Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 1987
  Miramonte Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton 2008
  Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa 2003
La Quinta La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort        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
San Bernardino County Hotels  
Lake Arrowhead Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, Autograph Collection 2010
San Diego County Hotels    
Alpine Viejas Casino & Resort 2013
Carlsbad Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort 2013
Coronado Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton 2005
  Loews Coronado Bay Resort 1992
Del Mar L’Auberge Del Mar  2002
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
  Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego 2013
  Marriott Marquis San Diego & Marina 1984
  Omni San Diego Hotel 2005
  Pacific Terrace Hotel 2007
  Rancho Bernardo Inn 1977
  San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter 2013
  The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego 2007
  The Westgate Hotel 2007
  The Westin San Diego 1994
  The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter  2012
San Luis Obispo County Hotels  
Paso Robles Allegretto Vineyard Resort 2017
  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 Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara 2015
  Harbor View Inn 1997
  Santa Barbara Inn 2017
  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
Summerland Inn on Summer Hill 1990
Ventura County Hotels    
Oxnard Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort 2014
Westlake Village Westlake Village Inn 2011

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 is complete, properties that meet all requirements receive a rating of one to five Diamonds.