New Tucson Resort Sparkles with Four Diamonds from AAA

Phoenix, April 27, 2012. A resort in Tucson is shining a little brighter, thanks to AAA. The auto club, which also serves as the largest leisure travel agency in North America, recently bestowed Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center with the prestigious Four Diamond Award.

“Receiving a Four Diamond Rating is one of the highest compliments in the hospitality industry, as these properties make up less than 5 percent of all AAA Approved lodgings,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona.

Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center earned the travel rating after an anonymous visit and inspection by AAA. 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. With the addition of Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center, there are now 42 properties in Arizona that boast the coveted Four Diamond Rating, including seven establishments in Tucson. 

“As we continue to raise the expectations of our guests, having the honor and privilege of being named a AAA Four Diamond property sets the bar even higher,” said Wendell Long, CEO of Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center. “We’re looking forward to delivering on the excellence that is expected of Four Diamond resorts.”

AAA has been inspecting and approving lodgings for 75 years, and 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. AAA inspectors are professionally trained, and use published guidelines to evaluate and rate lodgings and restaurants as a service to members. 

AAA’s chart of lodging and restaurant criteria are available online. A complete list of Arizona Four and Five Diamond properties is available at

Located in southwest metropolitan Tucson, Ariz., the Pascua Yaqui Tribe is a federally recognized tribe with more than 17,000 enrolled members.  The Tribe owns and operates several enterprises including Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center; a 215-room, 161,000-square-foot resort and entertainment destination that features more than 65,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and convention space; Hiapsi, a full-service spa; and several restaurants and lounges including PY Steakhouse, Prema Lounge and Starbucks. The Pascua Yaqui reservation is also home to two casinos,  Casino of the Sun and Casino Del Sol. Non-gaming enterprises include the Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater (AVA), a 5,000-seat open-air concert venue; and the Del Sol Marketplace, which includes a gas station, car wash, convenience store and smoke shop. For more information call 1-855-SOL-STAY (765-7829) or visit

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and auto 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.