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  • USA Today
    Five Diamond establishments are considered to be at the ultra-luxury level. AAA inspectors visit about 1,200 hotels and restaurants each week to determine their Five Diamond picks. They make multiple unannounced visits to each establishment, and a panel of experts makes the final decision. >> Full article
  • US News & World Report
    AAA’s Diamond Rating is one of the few hotel appraisal systems that rely on physical on-site evaluations. AAA’s inspection team members assess each of the more than 28,000 eligible properties based on comfort, cleanliness, security and offered services and amenities. >> Full article
  • Austin Chronicle
    No two days are alike for Inspector Z, or the 50 or so other inspectors in AAA’s division of travel investigators responsible for inspecting an inventory that includes 58,000 properties. One day he may be rating a One Diamond roadside mom-and-pop, and the next, luxuriating in a lavish ocean-front resort to collect information for the auto club’s elite Five Diamond committee to consider presenting its ultimate award.>> Full article


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