Downtown Bling: Kimpton Hotel Receives AAA Honors

Phoenix, Jan. 18, 2013. One of the newest hotels in downtown Phoenix is shining brighter, thanks to AAA. The auto club, which serves as the largest leisure travel agency in North America, recently bestowed Hotel Palomar Phoenix, a Kimpton Hotel, with its prestigious Four Diamond Award.

“Hotel Palomar Phoenix is committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high quality surroundings,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “This property exceeded the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector.” 

Hotel Palomar Phoenix, a Kimpton Hotel, is the third downtown Phoenix hotel to earn the coveted Four Diamond travel rating in the last four years after an anonymous visit and inspection by AAA. With the addition of Hotel Palomar Phoenix, there are now 43 lodging properties in Arizona that boast the Four Diamond rating, including eight establishments in Phoenix.

“The achievement of a Four Diamond rating so soon after opening is a simply an honor,” said Jim Hollister, general manager at Hotel Palomar Phoenix. “Every single team member is dedicated to quality service and strives to ensure each stay is both memorable and enjoyable for our guests. This designation is a true testament to that and I could not be any more proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short amount of time.”  

AAA has been inspecting and approving lodgings for 75 years. The Diamond Rating system is the only system that covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is also one of only two that conducts physical, on-site evaluations by anonymous inspectors. On average, AAA inspectors evaluate nearly 900 hotels and restaurants per year in Arizona. This contributes to the evaluation of more than 58,000 establishments annually nationwide.

AAA’s chart of lodging and restaurant criteria are available online. A complete list of Arizona Four and Five Diamond properties is available at AAA is the largest travel agency in North America. Visit for more information.

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 insurance, travel, auto repair, 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.