AAA Diamonds Are a Hotel’s Best Friend

Arizona’s finest in hospitality recognized with AAA’s 2014 Diamond award

Phoenix, Nov. 5, 2013. AAA Arizona is releasing its 2014 list of Arizona Five and Four Diamond properties. This year, the travel leader bestowed five properties with the prestigious Five Diamond status, while 61 properties sparkled with the full-service travel agency’s Four Diamond status.

“AAA developed the Diamond rating system more than 75 years ago as a travel resource. It is one of the only rating systems that include on-site evaluations by anonymous inspectors,” said Linda Gorman, communications and public affairs director for AAA Arizona who oversees the program in Arizona. “Earning a Five or Four Diamond Award is one of the highest accolades in the travel industry.”

Noteworthy trends for 2014 include:

  • Nearly half of the recipients have earned Five or Four Diamond status for 10 or more consecutive years. Eight properties have held their status for two decades. Only one property has held its status for 30 consecutive years.
  • Four casino properties have earned a place on Arizona’s Four Diamond list.
  • Scottsdale boasts the most diamonds in the state, with 24 properties on the list. Tucson and Phoenix are tied for second with 11 resorts and restaurants each.

Below is the complete list of 66 Arizona establishments that earned the 2014 AAA Five or Four Diamond designation:

 

LOCATION

PROPERTY

YEARS AS DIAMOND RECIPIENT

 

2014 FIVE DIAMOND RESTAURANTS

 

CHANDLER

Kai

8

 

2014 FIVE DIAMOND HOTELS AND RESORTS

 

SCOTTSDALE

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

23

SCOTTSDALE

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

13

SCOTTSDALE

The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician

7

SCOTTSDALE

The Phoenician

10

 

2014 FOUR DIAMOND HOTELS AND RESORTS

 

CAREFREE

The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel

6

CHANDLER

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

11

CHANDLER

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

3

GLENDALE

Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

6

LITCHFIELD PARK

The Wigwam

10

MARANA

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

4

ORO VALLEY

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

30

PARADISE VALLEY

Montelucia Resort & Spa

5

PARADISE VALLEY

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

12

PHOENIX

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

10

PHOENIX

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

12

PHOENIX

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

11

PHOENIX

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

7

PHOENIX

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

16

PHOENIX

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

5

PHOENIX

The Westin Phoenix Downtown

3

SCOTTSDALE

Doubletree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale

7

SCOTTSDALE

FireSky Resort & Spa, A Kimpton Hotel

8

SCOTTSDALE

Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

11

SCOTTSDALE

Hotel Valley Ho

8

SCOTTSDALE

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

26

SCOTTSDALE

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

2

SCOTTSDALE

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino

8

SCOTTSDALE

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

11

SCOTTSDALE

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center

10

SCOTTSDALE

Talking Stick Resort

3

SCOTTSDALE

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

11

SCOTTSDALE

The Westin Kierland Villas

6

SCOTTSDALE

W Scottsdale

5

SEDONA

Adobe Grand Villas

10

SEDONA

El Portal Sedona Hotel

3

SEDONA

Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa

26

SEDONA

L'Auberge de Sedona Inn and Spa

11

SEDONA

Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa

8

TEMPE

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

4

TUCSON

Arizona Inn

10

TUCSON

Casino del Sol Resort-Spa-Conference Center-AVA Amphitheater

2

TUCSON

Loews Ventana Canyon

29

TUCSON

Omni Tucson National Resort

5

TUCSON

The Lodge at Ventana Canyon

18

TUCSON

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

12

TUCSON

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

5

 

2014 FOUR DIAMOND RESTAURANTS

 

CHANDLER

Cork Restaurant

4

PARADISE VALLEY

Elements

12

PARADISE VALLEY

LON's at the Hermosa

8

PARADISE VALLEY

Prado

4

PHOENIX

Different Pointe of View

24

PHOENIX

noca

4

PHOENIX

Quiessence

4

PHOENIX

T. Cook's

10

SCOTTSDALE

BLT Steak

5

SCOTTSDALE

Bourbon Steak

6

SCOTTSDALE

Deseo

11

SCOTTSDALE

J & G Steakhouse

5

SCOTTSDALE

Palm Court

10

SCOTTSDALE

Sassi Ristorante

5

SCOTTSDALE

Talavera

6

SEDONA

L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek

24

TUCSON

GOLD

20

TUCSON

Main Dining Room at the Arizona Inn

8

TUCSON

Primo

9

TUCSON

The Grill at Hacienda del Sol

3

 

 

AAA has been inspecting and approving lodgings for more than 75 years. The Diamond Rating system is the only system that covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Annually, AAA evaluates more than 58,000 lodging establishments and restaurants, and rates them on a scale of One to Five Diamonds.

AAA is the largest leisure travel agency in North America. To learn more about the AAA Diamond Award program, visit AAA.com/Diamonds.

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.