SOURCE: Automobile Club of Southern California

October 22, 2007 04:05 ET

Auto Club: Top Southern California Hotels and Restaurants Earn 2008 AAA Four Diamond Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2007) - Sixty-two Southern California hotels and 35 restaurants have earned the 2008 AAA Four Diamond Award, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced today. Ten locations appear for the first time on the 2008 list.

The coveted plaque featuring a design of four raised diamonds and AAA Four Diamond Award logo are presented to hotel and restaurant general managers and executive chefs to recognize the award-winning properties, which are among the top 4 percent of more than 2,600 Southern California hotels, motels, and restaurants inspected by the Auto Club, the nation's largest AAA affiliate.

"The AAA Diamond rating system remains an objective and consistent method to measure upscale dining establishments and lodgings which Auto Club and AAA members rely upon," said the Auto Club's Approved Accommodations Manager Charles Smith. "We again congratulate the restaurant and hotel professionals that day-in and day-out work conscientiously to offer high caliber service, hospitality and pampering to their guests in accommodations that are beautiful, clean and comfortable."

The list of 2008 AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants throughout Southern California follows, along with the consecutive years each property has earned the award:

Inyo/Mono Counties Hotel                                              Years

Death Valley National Park    Furnace Creek Inn                         21

Los Angeles County Hotels

Beverly Hills                 Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, A         15
                              Four Seasons Hotel

                              Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows          2

Glendale                      Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale          8
                              & Executive Meeting Center

Los Angeles                   Hotel Bel-Air                             27
                              Hotel Sofitel Los Angeles                 15

                              Omni Los Angeles Hotel                     5

                              InterContinental Los Angeles at
                              Century City                              20

                              Hyatt Regency Century Plaza               25

Pasadena                      The Westin-Pasadena                        3

Santa Monica                  The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica    6

                              Le Merigot, A JW Marriott Hotel and Spa    6

                              Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel            19

Universal City                Hilton Universal City & Towers             1

West Hollywood                Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas              1

Westlake Village              Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village        1

Los Angeles County Restaurants

Beverly Hills                 JAAN (in Raffles L'Emitage Beverly Hills)  4

                              Spago Beverly Hills                        4

Calabasas                     Saddle Peak Lodge                         11

Glendale                      Gennaro's Ristorante                       8

Long Beach                    The Sky Room                               4

Los Angeles                   Gardens (Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles   13
                              at Beverly Hills)

                              Patina                                    17

                              The Restaurant (Hotel Bel-Air)            10

Marina del Rey                jer-ne (The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey)   7

Pasadena                      The Dining Room (The Ritz-Carlton,         5
                              Huntington Hotel and Spa)

                              The Raymond Restaurant                     3

Santa Monica                  Valentino Restaurant                      13

Westlake Village              Hamptons                                   1

Orange County Hotels

Anaheim                       Disney's Grand Californian Hotel           7

Dana Point                    Blue Lantern Inn                          17

                              Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa        4

Huntington Beach              Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort            17

                              Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort
                              & Spa                                      5

Irvine                        Hyatt Regency Irvine                       5

Laguna Beach                  Surf & Sand Resort                        17

                              Montage Resort Laguna Beach                1

Newport Beach                 The Balboa Bay Club & Resort               4

                              Fairmont Newport Beach                     1

Orange County Restaurants

Fullerton                     The Cellar                                18

Huntington Beach              The Californian (Hyatt Regency             5
                              Huntington Beach Resort & Spa)

Newport Beach                 Palm Terrace  (The Island Hotel           14
                              Newport Beach

                              The First Cabin (The Balboa Bay Club       4
                              Resort & Spa)

                              The Ritz Restaurant & Garden              15

Riverside County Hotels

Cabazon                       Morongo Casino Resort & Spa                3

Indian Wells                  Hyatt Grand Champions Resort              21

                              Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa       5

Palm Desert                   Desert Springs, JW Marriott Resort & Spa  21

Palm Springs                  The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn     11

Temecula                      Pechanga Resort & Casino                   6

Riverside County Restaurants

Rancho Mirage                 Wally's Desert Turtle                     15

Palm Springs                  Europa  Restaurant (Villa Royale Inn)      3

                              Le Vallauris                              15

Riverside                     Duane's Prime Steaks & Seafood
                              (Mission Inn)                             13

San Bernardino County Hotels

Big Bear Lake                 Alpenhorn Bed & Breakfast                  8

San Diego County Hotels

Borrego Springs               La Casa Del Zorro Resort                  15

Coronado                      Hotel del Coronado                         3

                              Loews Coronado Bay Resort                 16

Del Mar                       L'Auberge Del Mar Resort & Spa             6

Julian                        Orchard Hill Country Inn                  12

La Jolla                      Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa              3

                              Hilton La Jolla/Torrey Pines              18

                              Hyatt Regency La Jolla                    18

                              La Valencia Hotel                         19

Pala                          Pala Casino Spa Resort                     4

Rancho Bernardo               Rancho Bernardo Inn                       31

Rancho Santa Fe               Rancho Valencia Resort                    18

San Diego                     Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego          15

                              Omni San Diego Resort                      3

                              Pacific Terrace Hotel                      1

                              San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina         24

                              The US Grant                               1

                              The Westgate Hotel                         1

                              The Westin San Diego                      14

San Diego County Restaurants

Carlsbad                      Vivace (Four Seasons Resort Aviara)        9

La Jolla                      A.R. Valentien (The Lodge at Torrey Pines) 4

                              George's at the Cove                       8

                              Sky Room (La Valencia Hotel)              17

Rancho Bernardo               El Bizcocho Restaurant                    18
                              (Rancho Bernardo Inn)

Rancho Santa Fe               Mille Fleurs                              17

San Diego                     Baci's                                     4

                              Bertrand's at Mister A's                  14

                              Grant Grill  (The US Grant)                1

                              Molly's (San Diego Marriott Hotel
                              & Marina)                                  4

San Luis Obispo County Hotels

Cambria                       Blue Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast            17

Cayucos                       Cayucos Sunset Inn                         6

Santa Barbara County Hotels

Ballard                       The Ballard Inn                           15

Los Olivos                    Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn & Spa      19

Santa Barbara                 Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort            2

                              Harbor View Inn                           11

                              Inn on Summer Hill                        18

Santa Ynez                    Chumash Casino Resort                      4

                              Santa Ynez Inn                             6

Solvang                       Petersen Village Inn                      24

Santa Barbara County Restaurants

Ballard                       Ballard Inn Restaurant (The Ballard Inn)   3

Santa Ynez                    The Willows (Chumash Casino Resort)        3

Ventura County Hotel

Ojai                          Maravilla Restaurant
                              (Ojai Valley Inn & Spa)                    2

AAA's Diamond rating program is the only hotel and restaurant review system in the nation that uses specially trained full-time field representatives. As part of AAA's national network, the Auto Club's own staff reviews establishments in Southern California without prior notification using objective and detailed rating procedures.

Lodging inspections include at least one unannounced inspection each year. Inspectors review and rate exterior, grounds and public areas, room décor, ambiance and amenities, guest room, bathrooms, housekeeping and maintenance, management and staff and guest services. Once the inspection process is complete, properties that meet all requirements receive a rating of one to five Diamonds.

AAA Approves and Rates more than 32,000 lodgings and 28,000 restaurants each year throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. A wide range of property listings are included in regional TourBook® guides, with a yearly distribution of nearly 20 million, and on, where many travel planning and information services -- including the well-known TripTik® Travel Planner, TourBook listings and Diamond Ratings -- are now available to non-members as well. The AAA Four Diamond rating is exclusive in that less than 4% of all AAA approved properties achieve this rating. The 2008 AAA Five Diamond Award lodging and restaurant recipients will be announced in November.

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