Top SoCal Hotels Receive 2016 AAA Four And Five Diamond Ratings

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines has been a AAA Five Diamond property since 2002. Photo courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

AAA has unveiled 118 hotels that have earned the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2016 Five Diamond Award® list. This exclusive group represents just 0.4 percent of the nearly 28,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels. Fourteen Southern California hotels received the AAA Five Diamond Award®, the travel authority’s highest rating, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.  The Auto Club also announced the AAA Four Diamond Award® list for Southern California. The AAA Four and Five Diamond ratings for restaurants will be announced in February. 

 

“The AAA Five Diamond Rating is earned through very hard work while today also using virtual touch points of text messaging, apps and social media to provide guests with a highly-personalized luxury experience.  Service is a point of pride for these top hotels,” said the Auto Club’s Approved Accommodations Supervisor Patricia Marenco.  “The Auto Club congratulates Southern California’s fourteen outstanding AAA Five Diamond   establishments, their management and employees who were rated on guest services, in addition to the hotel’s physical attributes, refinement, and hospitality.”

 

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 AAA.com 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 rating with year first rated:

Beverly Hills

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, 2001

The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, 2008

The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 1993

 

Carlsbad

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

 

Newport Beach

The Resort at Pelican Hill (Newport Coast), 2009

 

Ojai

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, 2006

 

San Diego

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

Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 2009

 

Santa Barbara

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara (Montecito), 2005

 

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

 

AAA Four Diamond Ratings in Southern California

 

In Southern California, 102 hotels have earned the AAA Four Diamond Award®, the Auto Club also announced today.  Four hotels appear on the rating list for the first time:

           

 

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.

 

AAA’s Diamond rating program is the only hotel review system in the nation that uses specially trained full-time field representatives who collectively visit some thousands of hotels and restaurants every week. As part of AAA’s national network, the Auto Club’s 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 AAA Diamond rating guidelines.

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

 

 

 

Inyo/Mono Counties

Year Rated

Death Valley National Park

The Inn at Furnace Creek

1987

Mammoth Lakes

The Westin Monache Resort

2011

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

Bakersfield

The Padre Hotel

2015

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

Beverly Hills

Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

1993

 

Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel

2014

 

Montage Beverly Hills

2014

 

SLS Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel,

2009

 

Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

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

 

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 Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey

2015

 

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

2013

 

W Los Angeles-Westwood

2013

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

Anaheim

Disneyland Hotel

2011

 

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

2001

 

 

 

Costa Mesa

Avenue Of The Arts, Costa Mesa,

2013

 

A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

 

 

 

 

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

 

Fairmont Newport Beach

2007

 

Island Hotel Newport Beach

2014

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

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

 

Resort

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa,

2010

 

Autograph Collection

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

Alpine

Viejas Casino & Resort

2013

 

 

 

Carlsbad

Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort

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

 

 

 

Valley Center

Harrah's Resort Southern California

2009

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

Paso Robles

La Bellasera Hotel & Suites

2011

 

 

 

Pismo Beach

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

2009

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

Los Olivos

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa

2012

 

 

 

Santa Barbara

Bacara Resort & Spa

2015

 

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

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

Oxnard

Embassy Suites by Hilton

2014

 

Mandalay Beach Resort

 

 

 

 

Westlake Village

Westlake Village Inn

2011

 

 

 

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

Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insights 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 AAA.com 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 one that conducts professional, on-site evaluations using published guidelines weighted by AAA member priorities. 

 

 

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