14 November 2008


Jim Rink (313) 336-1513

For seven years in a row, The 1913 Room at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids has achieved AAA Five Diamond status.

AAA Five Diamond Award winners comprise just 0.28 percent of the 58,000 Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

“Five Diamond lodgings and hotels represent the best the hospitality industry has to offer,“ said Marti DeVries, AAA Michigan vice president of Branch Operations. “These properties are extraordinary in every manner. We congratulate The 1913 Room. We will present them with the award at a spring luncheon.”

AAA’s Diamond Rating System is the only ratings system that covers all of North America and one of only two that conducts physical, on-site evaluations. It is the only system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis using a set of guidelines that are made available to all establishments.

AAA evaluates more properties than any other rating entity. Additionally, AAA provides travelers the opportunity to post comments about their experiences at AAA Approved and Diamond Rated establishments at AAA.com. Information about AAA Diamond Ratings and the complete 2009 Four and Five Diamond Award winners lists are accessible at AAA.com/Diamonds. Travelers can access detailed listings and photos of Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants by location on AAA.com.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 51 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

AAA Michigan offers automotive, travel, insurance and financial services to 1.6 million members in Michigan. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the largest affiliation of AAA clubs in the Midwest, with approximately 4.1 million members in eight states. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation.