Gem Show: AAA Diamond Properties Sparkle in the Desert

 

Arizona’s finest in hospitality stand laud and proud with coveted AAA award 

 

AAA Arizona recently released its 2013 list of Arizona Five and Four Diamond properties. This year, the travel agency graced five properties with the prestigious Five Diamond status, while 65 properties shone with the travel leader’s Four Diamond status.

 

“As one of the oldest and only rating systems that include on-site evaluations by anonymous inspectors, earning a Five or Four Diamond Award is one of the highest accolades in the travel industry,” said Linda Gorman, communications and public affairs director for AAA Arizona who oversees the program in Arizona.  “Arizona is home to 70 of these award winners. We are fortunate to have this gem show in our very own backyard.”

 

Noteworthy trends for 2013 include:

 

  • More than a third of recipients have earned Five or Four Diamond status for 10 or more consecutive years. Seven properties have held their status for 20 or more years.
  • With the addition of Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson – which is also the only new property to be awarded this year – four casino properties have earned a place on Arizona’s Four Diamond list.
  • Scottsdale boasts the most diamonds in the state, with 25 properties on the list, including all four of the Five Diamond resorts in the state. Tucson claims the second with 12, while Phoenix comes in third with 11 resorts and restaurants.
  • Five independent restaurants celebrate consecutive awards as the list’s only Four Diamond restaurants unaffiliated with a hotel or resort.

Below is the complete list of 70 Arizona establishments that earned the 2013 AAA Five or Four Diamond designation:

 

LOCATION

PROPERTY

YEARS AS DIAMOND RECIPIENT

 

2013 FIVE DIAMOND RESTAURANTS

 

CHANDLER

Kai

7

 

2013 FIVE DIAMOND HOTELS AND RESORTS

 

SCOTTSDALE

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

22

SCOTTSDALE

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

12

SCOTTSDALE

The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician

6

SCOTTSDALE

The Phoenician

9

 

 

2013 FOUR DIAMOND HOTELS AND RESORTS
 

 

CAREFREE

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

5

CHANDLER

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

10

CHANDLER

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

2

GLENDALE

Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

5

LITCHFIELD PARK

The Wigwam

9

MARANA

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

3

ORO VALLEY

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

29

PARADISE VALLEY

Montelucia Resort & Spa

4

PARADISE VALLEY

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

11

PHOENIX

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

9

PHOENIX

Arizona Grand Resort

11

PHOENIX

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

10

PHOENIX

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

6

PHOENIX

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

15

PHOENIX

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

4

PHOENIX

The Westin Phoenix Downtown

2

SCOTTSDALE

Doubletree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale

6

SCOTTSDALE

FireSky Resort & Spa, A Kimpton Hotel

7

SCOTTSDALE

Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

10

SCOTTSDALE

Hotel Valley Ho

7

SCOTTSDALE

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

25

SCOTTSDALE

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

1

SCOTTSDALE

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino

7

SCOTTSDALE

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

10

SCOTTSDALE

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center

9

SCOTTSDALE

Talking Stick Resort

2

SCOTTSDALE

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

10

SCOTTSDALE

The Westin Kierland Villas

5

SCOTTSDALE

W Scottsdale

4

SEDONA

Adobe Grand Villas

9

SEDONA

El Portal Sedona Hotel

2

SEDONA

Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa

25

SEDONA

L'Auberge de Sedona Inn and Spa

10

SEDONA

Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa

7

SEDONA

The Inn on Oak Creek

16

TEMPE

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

3

TUCSON

Arizona Inn

9

TUCSON

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

1

TUCSON

Loews Ventana Canyon

28

TUCSON

Omni Tucson National Resort

4

TUCSON

The Lodge at Ventana Canyon

17

TUCSON

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

11

TUCSON

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

4

 

 

2013 FOUR DIAMOND RESTAURANTS
 

 

CHANDLER

Cork Restaurant

3

PARADISE VALLEY

elements

11

PARADISE VALLEY

LON's at the Hermosa

7

PARADISE VALLEY

Prado

3

PHOENIX

Different Pointe of View

23

PHOENIX

noca

3

PHOENIX

Quiessence

3

PHOENIX

T. Cook's

9

SCOTTSDALE

BLT Steak

4

SCOTTSDALE

Bourbon Steak

5

SCOTTSDALE

Deseo

10

SCOTTSDALE

Il Terrazzo

5

SCOTTSDALE

J & G Steakhouse

4

SCOTTSDALE

Palm Court

9

SCOTTSDALE

Sassi Ristorante

4

SCOTTSDALE

Talavera

5

SEDONA

L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek

23

TUCSON

Anthony's In the Catalinas

9

TUCSON

GOLD

19

TUCSON

Main Dining Room at the Arizona Inn

7

TUCSON

Primo

8

TUCSON

The Grill at Hacienda del Sol

2

 

 

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. 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 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.