Across North America, only 2,417 hotels and restaurants start 2015 with AAA’s Highest Ratings
PORTLAND, Ore., – For the 79th year, AAA is out with its list of the top hotels and restaurants for 2015 that earned the Four or Five Diamond Rating during the past 12 months. The AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings are the travel authority’s highest designations for hotels and restaurants.
AAA Four and Five Diamond hotels are refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes. They offer guests personalized attention from an experienced staff, world-class service and extensive amenities in a luxurious setting. Restaurants receiving the Four or Five Diamond Rating offer a distinctive fine dining experience. They feature highly creative chefs, imaginative menus, fresh top-quality ingredients and a knowledgeable staff.
Only 184 hotels and restaurants across North America received a Five Diamond award this year—that’s only .3 percent of AAA’s more than 58,000 Diamond rated properties. Only 2,233 hotels and restaurants earned the AAA Four Diamond Rating for 2015—just 3.8 percent of the AAA Diamond properties.
“Travelers have trusted AAA Diamond ratings since 1937. The reason AAA goes to the effort to conduct these evaluations and maintain a staff of full-time inspectors is so that our more than 54 million members will have a positive travel experience,” says Doreen Loofburrow, Vice President of Travel and Marketing at AAA Oregon/Idaho.
AAA conducts unannounced, annual inspections where AAA inspectors scrutinize many factors such as cleanliness, condition, amenities and service. Properties are assigned a Diamond Rating level, describing the level of décor, amenities and service, from basic to luxurious. In order for a property to be AAA Approved and Diamond Rated, it must accommodate an unannounced evaluation within 20 minutes of an inspector arriving on site.
Oregon hotels receiving the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating are: (The year listed by each establishment indicates the year the property first received the current, consecutively maintained Diamond rating)
The Oxford Hotel (2010)
Stephanie Inn (1995)
Whale Cove Inn (2011)
Inn at the 5th (2012)
Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge (1976)
The Allison Inn & Spa (2010)
Hotel Monaco Portland, a Kimpton Hotel (1997)
Hotel Vintage Plaza, a Kimpton Hotel (2001)
RiverPlace Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel (1986)
Sentinel (formerly the Governor Hotel) (2001)
The Heathman Hotel (1985)
The Nines (2009)
The Westin Portland (2000)
FivePine Lodge & Spa (2011)
Sunriver Resort (1999)
The Restaurant in Oregon earning the Four Diamond Rating is:
The Painted Lady (2011)
- Twelve hotels including the Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge in Gold Beach, have maintained the Four Diamond Rating for 39 consecutive years, since 1976 when the Diamond Ratings were first introduced for hotels.
- An additional 125 hotels including the Heathman Hotel and RiverPlace Hotel in Portland have maintained the Four Diamond Rating for 25 or more years.
About AAA/CAA Diamond Ratings
AAA rates more properties than any other rating entity and uses professional inspectors to conduct in-person property inspections guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
AAA’s professionally trained inspectors use published guidelines to conduct unannounced hotel and restaurant evaluations, assigning AAA Approved establishments a rating of One to Five AAA Diamonds. Collectively visiting some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week, AAA inspectors are in a unique position to identify emerging trends in the hospitality industry. Inspectors have observed hotels and restaurants using increasingly personalized approaches to enhance guest comfort and satisfaction.
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 AAA.com and AAA TourBook® guides available to members at AAA/CAA offices. Travelers can access information about AAA inspections and Diamond Ratings at AAA.com/Diamonds.
- For 2015, 122 establishments (88 hotels and 34 restaurants) were newly added to the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Award list.
- A total of 2,233 establishments (1,544 hotels and 689 restaurants) throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean received the Four Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2015 Four Diamond Award list.
- A net decrease of 44 Four Diamond establishments represents a 1.9 percent decline from the total 2,277 last year.
- Collectively, Four Diamond establishments represent just 3.8 percent of the more than 58,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated establishments.
- Four Diamond hotels account for 5.4 percent of the more than 28,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels; Four Diamond restaurants account for 2.3 percent of the nearly 30,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated restaurants.
AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotel and restaurant listings can be found in the eTourBook® guides and AAA Mobile® app for tablets and smartphones, the TripTik® Travel Planner and Travel Guides on AAA.com and AAA TourBook® guides available at AAA and CAA offices. Travelers can access information about AAA inspections and Diamond Ratings at AAA.com/Diamonds.