2013 AAA Five Diamond Honor Given to 13 New Hotels and Restaurants

Montage, Laguna Beach

2013 AAA Five Diamond recipient: Montage, Laguna Beach

AAA announced 178 select establishments that have earned the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Rating within the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2013 Five Diamond Award® list. These hotels and restaurants represent just 0.3 percent of the total 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. This exclusive group provides unique experiences chock full of leading-edge creativity and highly personalized hospitality to satisfy even the savviest traveler.

Of note among the 13 new additions are the only AAA Five Diamond hotels in Puerto Rico and Nevis. New York and Florida each added three new Five Diamond establishments: New York added one hotel and two restaurants, while Florida added two hotels and one restaurant. Florida’s additions include the only new Five Diamond pair: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, and its on-site restaurant, Salt. The path to a Five Diamond Rating is rigorous. Properties identified by AAA as potential candidates for the Five Diamond Rating undergo multiple unannounced evaluations by a AAA inspector and final decision by a panel of experts.

New 2013 AAA Five Diamond Hotels:

  • Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, Calif.
  • St. Regis Bal Harbour, Bal Harbour, Fla.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  • Trump SoHo New York, New York, N.Y.
  • Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • The Ritz-Carlton Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies, Charlestown, Nevis
  • St. Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
  • Capella Pedregal Resort and Spa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

New 2013 AAA Five Diamond Restaurants:

  • Benu, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Salt (in The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island), Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  • Eleven Madison Park, New York, N.Y.
  • Le Bernardin, New York, N.Y.

AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotel and restaurant listings can be found in the AAA TourBook® guides available at AAA and CAA offices across the continent (find a branch). They can be accessed online and through downloadable eTourBookSM guides at AAA.com/eBooks. Smartphone users can locate Diamond Rated establishments using the free AAA TripTik® Mobile app. Download it now at AAA.com/Mobile.

For your convenience, we've provided complete listings of the 2013 Five Diamond and Four Diamond hotel and restaurant award recipients:

2013 AAA Five Diamond Hotels (PDF)

2013 AAA Five Diamond Restaurants (PDF)

2013 AAA Four Diamond Hotels (PDF)

2013 AAA Four Diamond Restaurants (PDF)