SOURCE: Auto Club of So. Calif.

October 13, 2008 04:05 ET

Auto Club: Top Southern California Hotels and Restaurants Earn 2009 AAA Four Diamond Awards

Eight Locations Appear for First Time

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - Sixty-five Southern California hotels and 36 restaurants have earned the 2009 AAA Four Diamond Award, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced today. Eight locations appear for the first time on the 2009 list, two in Los Angeles County: Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, and The London West Hollywood.

The coveted plaque featuring a design of four raised simulated 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 rank 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.

"AAA's Diamond Rating System is the only ratings system that covers all of North America and one of only two that conduct physical, on-site evaluations," said the Auto Club's Approved Accommodations Supervisor Patricia Marenco. "Southern California's hospitality professionals work hard to offer high caliber service and hospitality to their guests in AAA Four Diamond accommodations that are attractive, safe and clean."

The list of 2009 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   Furnace Creek Inn                              22

Los Angeles County Hotels

Beverly Hills           Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, A              16
                        Four Seasons Hotel

Glendale                Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale               9
                        & Executive Meeting Center

Hollywood               Renaissance Hollywood   Hotel & Spa             1

Los Angeles             Hotel Bel-Air                                  28

                        Sofitel Los Angeles                            16

                        Omni Los Angeles Hotel                          6

                        InterContinental Los Angeles Century City      21

                        Hyatt Regency Century Plaza                    26

Pasadena                The Westin-Pasadena                             4

Santa Monica            The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica         7

                        Le Merigot - A JW Marriott Hotel and Spa        7

                        Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel                 20

Universal City          Hilton Universal City & Towers                  2

West Hollywood          The London West Hollywood                       1

                        Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas                   2

Los Angeles County Restaurants

Beverly Hills           JAAN (in Raffles L'Emitage Beverly Hills)       5

                        Spago Beverly Hills                             5

Calabasas               Saddle Peak Lodge                              12

Glendale                Gennaro's Ristorante                            9

Long Beach              The Sky Room                                    5

Los Angeles             Gardens (Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles        14
                        at Beverly Hills)

                        Patina                                         18

                        The Restaurant (Hotel Bel-Air)                 11

Marina del Rey          jer-ne restaurant + bar                         8
                        (The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey)

Pasadena                The Dining Room (The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington   6
                        Hotel and Spa)

                        The Raymond Restaurant                          4

Santa Monica            Valentino Restaurant                           14

Westlake Village        Hamptons                                        2

Orange County Hotels

Anaheim                 Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa          8

Dana Point              Blue Lantern Inn                               18

                        Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa             5

Huntington Beach        Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort                 18

                        Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa     6

Irvine                  Hyatt Regency Irvine                            6

Laguna Beach            Surf & Sand Resort                             18

Newport Beach           The Balboa Bay Club & Resort                    5

                        Fairmont Newport Beach                          2

Orange County Restaurants

Fullerton               The Cellar                                     19

Huntington Beach        The Californian (Hyatt Regency Huntington       6
                        Beach Resort & Spa)

Laguna Beach            Studio (Montage Laguna Beach)                   1

Newport Beach           Palm Terrace  (The Island Hotel Newport Beach)  2

                        The First Cabin At The Balboa Bay Club &        5

                        The Ritz Restaurant & Garden                   16

Riverside County Hotels

Cabazon                 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa                     4

Indian Wells            Hyatt Grand Champions Resort                   22

                        Miramonte Resort and Spa                        1

                        Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa            6

Palm Desert             Desert Springs, JW Marriott Resort & Spa       22

Palm Springs            The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn          12

Temecula                Pechanga Resort and Casino                      7

Riverside County Restaurants

Rancho Mirage           Wally's Desert Turtle                          16

Palm Springs            Europa  Restaurant at the Villa Royale Inn      4

                        Le Vallauris                                   16

Riverside               Duane's Prime Steaks & Seafood                 14
                        (in Mission Inn)

San Bernardino County Hotels

Big Bear Lake           Alpenhorn Bed & Breakfast                       9

San Diego County Hotels

Borrego Springs         Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa                     16

Coronado                Hotel del Coronado                              4

                        Loews Coronado Bay Resort                      17

Del Mar                 L'Auberge Del Mar                               7

Julian                  Orchard Hill Country Inn                       13

La Jolla                Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa                   4

                        Hilton La Jolla/Torrey Pines                   19

                        Hyatt Regency La Jolla                         19

                        La Valencia Hotel                              20

                        The Grande Colonial                             1

Pala                    Pala Casino Spa and Resort                      5

Rancho Bernardo         Rancho Bernardo Inn                            32

Rancho Santa Fe         Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa                   19

San Diego               Hard Rock Hotel San Diego                       1

                        Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego               16

                        Omni San Diego Hotel                            4

                        Pacific Terrace Hotel                           2

                        San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina              25

                        The Grand Del Mar                               1

                        The US Grant                                    2

                        The Westgate Hotel                              2

                        The Westin San Diego                           15

San Diego County Restaurants

Carlsbad                Vivace (Four Seasons Resort Aviara)            10

La Jolla                A.R. Valentien (The Lodge at Torrey Pines)      5

                        George's California Modern                      9

                        Sky Room (La Valencia Hotel)                   18

Rancho Bernardo         El Bizcocho Restaurant (Rancho Bernardo Inn)   19

Rancho Santa Fe         Mille Fleurs                                   18

San Diego               Baci's                                          5

                        Bertrand at Mister A's                         15

                        Grant Grill  (The US Grant)                     2

                        Molly's (San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina)     5

San Luis Obispo County Hotels

Cambria                 Pelican Cove Inn                                1

                        Blue Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast                 18

Cayucos                 Cayucos Sunset Inn                              7

Santa Barbara County Hotels

Los Olivos              Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort                 3

Santa Barbara           Harbor View Inn                                12

                        Inn on Summer Hill                             19

Santa Ynez              Chumash Casino Resort & Spa                     5

                        Santa Ynez Inn                                  7

Solvang                 The Ballard Inn                                16

                        Peterson Village Inn                           25

Santa Barbara County Restaurants

Santa Ynez              The Willows (Chumash Casino Resort & Spa)       4

Solvang                 The Ballard Inn Restaurant (The Ballard Inn)    4

Ventura County Restaurants

Ojai                    Maravilla Restaurant (Ojai Valley Inn & Spa)    3

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 2009 AAA Five Diamond Award lodging and restaurant recipients will be announced in November.

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