Photo courtesy of Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has unveiled the names of the 118 hotels that have earned the coveted AAA/CAA Five Diamond Rating, the highest ranking bestowed by the organization. This exclusive group of hotels represents less than half a percent of the nearly 28,000 properties in the AAA/CAA approved and Diamond Rated hotels.
"Attaining the Five Diamond Rating is an impressive accomplishment and a point of great pride for these top hotels," said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. "Five Diamond establishments stand apart by redefining personalized service, using creativity to enhance guest comfort and providing memorable experiences."
Of the 118 properties, six hotels were newly added to the list in 2015, including the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto. This is the fourth Five Diamond property in Toronto and the seventh in Canada.
Also of note, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., remains the only hotel that has maintained the Five Diamond Rating for 40 consecutive years - since 1976 when AAA first introduced the Diamond Ratings for accommodations.
Candidates for the rating undergo multiple unannounced evaluations and a final decision by a panel of experts. Using guidelines weighted by member priorities, inspectors meticulously evaluate guest services and physical attributes to assess the level of competence, refinement and hospitality and assign a corresponding rating of One to Five Diamonds.
Newly listed hotels include:
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto
Set in the heart of the city's financial district, this stunning showpiece soars high in the sky. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer guests remarkable city views. Each room features Bellino fine linens with an extensive pillow menu, a European-style wet bar and a stone-finished bathroom with a deep soaking tub, rain shower and in-mirror TV.
Park Hyatt New York; New York, N.Y.
This gleaming glass jewel in the center of Midtown features spacious rooms with curated art and furnishings, complemented by fine linens and an oversized soaking tub. This pet-friendly property donates all pet fees to animal charities.
St. Regis Deer Valley; Park City, Utah
Located on a ski run with ski-in/ski-out access, the guest experience begins with a peaceful funicular tram ride up the mountain. Refreshments include a daily afternoon iced tea social, nightly s'mores for the kids and a dramatic evening Champagne sabering for adults by the fire pits.
The Cloister; Sea Island, Ga.
This exclusive luxury resort features five miles of private beach, championship sports and recreation, lush gardens and a seaside spa. Relax in an overstuffed chair and treat your feet to the caress of handmade Turkish rugs after a full day of boating, tennis, squash or your favorite beach activity.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain; Marana, Ariz.
This elegant resort features world-class golf facilities and rooms with expansive views. Influenced by the Sonoran Desert, the spa features holistic therapies. The indoor-outdoor fitness center includes a private fireplace, and the mountain-view serenity pool terrace is surrounded by ancient Native American carvings in nearby rocks.
Hotel Mousai; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
This chic contemporary hotel, exclusively for adults, includes a mid-day "siesta" hammock service. Using an iPad to control the electric curtains, guests enjoy stunning hilltop views with jungle and seaside vistas. Exclusive amenities include a rooftop pool, world-class spa and a gym with yoga room and resident DJ.
Canada's Five Diamond Properties
Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver (2012)
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler (2007)
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (2013)
Shangri-La Hotel Toronto (2014)
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto (2011)
Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto® (2015)*
The Ritz-Carlton Montréal (2012)
About AAA Inspections
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