Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman, The Auto Club Group,
FLORIDA HAS THIRD-MOST AAA FIVE DIAMOND HOTELS IN THE U.S.
AAA unveils 2019 list of hotels that earned the coveted Four and Five Diamond Ratings
TAMPA, Fla. (February 12, 2019) — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, AAA unveiled its annual list of top-rated hotels. Ten Florida properties earned AAA’s greatest honor, the Five Diamond Award. The only states with more Five Diamond hotels were New York (11) and California (16). View the Five Diamond Hotel List
"Florida truly has something for everyone, and that includes some of the best hotels and resorts in the world," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "When Florida residents and visitors want the ultimate combination of luxury, beauty and elegance, they can find it at Four and Five Diamond properties."
Only 121 hotels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean qualified for the 2019 Five Diamond Award list. Five Diamond hotels represent just 0.4 percent of the more than 27,000 AAA Inspected and Approved Diamond Rated hotels, during the past year.
To be AAA Approved, properties must undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes in-person inspections, anonymous overnight stays and, finally, review by a panel of experts as an additional step to ensure credibility.
Five Diamond Hotels in Florida
**The year represents the first year the property received a current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating**
- St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort — Bal Harbour (2012)
- The Ritz-Carlton — Amelia Island (2012)
- The Ritz-Carlton — Fort Lauderdale (2009)
- Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort — Lake Buena Vista (2014)
- Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa — Manalapan (2008)
- The Ritz-Carlton — Naples (1987)
- Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach — Palm Beach (2009)
- The Breakers — Palm Beach (1996)
- Ponte Vedra Inn & Club — Ponte Vedra Beach (2002)
- Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach — Sunny Isles Beach (2009)
Hotels that are awarded a AAA Five Diamond rating have extraordinary physical qualities, extensive amenities and impeccable standards of excellence in delivering a highly personalized experience.
Four Diamond Hotels in Florida
Florida ranks second among states with the most Four Diamond Rated hotels. The Top Three states are California (177), Florida (146), and Texas (103). View the Four Diamond Hotel List
This year, there are 1,722 Four Diamond hotels; 146 are in Florida. Out of 113 properties newly added to the Four Diamond list, seven are in Florida.
Four Diamond Rated properties represent 6.3 percent of AAA Inspected & Approved hotels. They must be refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.
New to the 2019 AAA Four Diamond List in Florida:
- Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel — Coral Gables
- Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach — Daytona Beach
- Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa — Jensen Beach
- Copper Creek Villas and Cabins — Lake Buena Vista
- Walt Disney World Dolphin — Lake Buena Vista
- Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club, Autograph Collection — Miami Beach
- The Collector Inn — St. Augustine
Finding Diamond Rated Properties
Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app, the online AAA Travel Guides and Travel Planner and the AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices.
AAA members and non-members can also search AAA Diamond Rated properties at AAA.com/TravelGuides/Hotels.
AAA recently updated its hotel Approval Requirements & Diamond Rating Guidelines, which reflect the importance of connective technologies such as availability of in-room tablets, mobile apps, interactive kiosks, mobile key technology and digital messaging services.
About AAA Inspections
For more than 80 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property evaluations. AAA offers the only rating system using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
The AAA inspectors who assign these ratings have a wide range of hospitality experience – their resumes include stints as hotel managers and food and beverage experts – that gives them an authoritative perspective. Inspectors provide an unmatched first-person, on-site view of emerging trends, which includes the continuing evolution of technology to elevate the guest experience.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.6 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 59 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. Visit AAA on the Internet at AAA.com.