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Julie HallFive Diamond establishments are noted for contemporary designs, premier quality and personalized services

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 27, 2017) – AAA has unveiled 63 restaurants and 120 hotels that have earned the AAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2017 Five Diamond Award list. This exclusive group represents just 0.3 percent of the nearly 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated restaurants and hotels. Following rigorous evaluations from AAA’s professional inspectors, the following establishments were added as Five Diamond honorees in 2016.

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The Modern – New York City

AAA Inspector Notes: An exquisite museum sculpture garden provides this AAA Five Diamond restaurant a sublime, cosmopolitan and relaxed setting for a most splendid meal. The prix-fixe menus focus on seasonal, high-quality ingredients; sautéed foie gras, lobster steamed in spinach, bone marrow-crusted beef and Long Island duck are standouts. Service is energetic and diligent. The wine list is ample, and desserts are, like the setting, wonderfully artistic. Chef Abram Bissell adds his own signature and contemporary New American touch, and service staff is a pleasing blend of professional, enthusiastic young servers and a highly knowledgeable old guard.

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i – Lanai City, Hawaii

AAA Inspector Notes: The newly renovated AAA Five Diamond resort provides panoramic ocean views atop rugged lava cliffs and white sand beaches. Accommodations are culturally contextual, giving a nod to Hawaiian aesthetics. Guests will find unsurpassed in-room technology, including a 75-inch flat-screen television, multi-option panel controls for lighting and window coverings and an in-room iPad loaded with resort information and guest request options.

The St. Regis New York – New York City

AAA Inspector Notes: A New York landmark since 1904, this appealing AAA Five Diamond property offers style at a grand level. When combined with contemporary luxury and attentive services, it is in a rarefied, supreme class altogether. This historic hotel was built by John Jacob Aster IV as a sister property to the Waldorf Astoria, just a few years before Astor went down with the Titanic. Today, guests can enjoy unlimited use of the private on-site health club, complimentary garment pressing upon arrival and fresh fruit or candy delivered daily.

Spice Island Beach Resort – St. George’s, Grenada

AAA Inspector Notes: Situated on a gorgeous white-sand beach, this all-inclusive AAA Five Diamond resort has richly decorated, luxurious suites with furnished balconies or terraces. Some units also come with private plunge pools and four-poster canopy beds. The suites, tucked among private gardens dotted by lemon, almond and sea grape trees, are spread out in several buildings and afford very nice privacy.

Four Seasons Hotel Mexico D.F. – Mexico City

AAA Inspector Notes: Recently renovated from top to bottom, the design of this AAA Five Diamond hotel is stylish and sophisticated throughout. The elegantly appointed guest rooms are chic and many overlook a beautifully landscaped courtyard. Spanish colonial-inspired rooms feature LCD flat-screen televisions, iPod docking station and mini-bars. Marble-covered bathrooms include a deep soaking tub and separate shower.

Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Dorado, Puerto Rico

AAA Inspector Notes: Cutting-edge AAA Five Diamond luxury is wrapped in an envelope of naturally preserved sanctuary-style surroundings. The guest suites are spacious and have luxurious amenities and ocean views, with some also featuring private pools. Guests can indulge at the stupendous five-acre spa that includes a complete hydro treatment area and treehouse treatment rooms. The service is stellar from beginning to end and the ambience of exclusivity is self-evident. The pool area faces a wide swath of beach with views of turquoise ocean water.

The Jefferson Hotel – Richmond, Virginia

AAA Inspector Notes: This ornate 1895 Beaux-Arts hotel is a historic landmark with striking architectural details, including a Tiffany stained-glass rotunda, a marble statue of Thomas Jefferson and a grand staircase. A small museum tells of the AAA Five Diamond property’s storied past and dispels many of the rumors and historic tales associated with the hotel.

“Five Diamond establishments represent the upper echelon of hospitality, redefining personalized service, using creativity to enhance guest comfort and providing memorable experiences,” said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections and Diamond Ratings. “Attaining the Five Diamond Rating is an impressive accomplishment and is a point of great pride for these top hotels and restaurants.”

Also of note among the new additions to the list is the first Five Diamond Rated property in Grenada, Spice Island Beach Resort. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs remains the only hotel that has maintained the Five Diamond Rating for 41 consecutive years – since 1976 when AAA first introduced the Diamond Ratings for accommodations. The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room in Virginia remains the longest tenured Five Diamond restaurant, the only one to maintain the coveted status for 29 consecutive years, since 1988.

“These leading edge properties are well-positioned to meet the needs of discerning travelers. Their noted attributes include contemporary design trends and the highest quality food and amenities. Personalized, attentive service is foremost, delivered in ways that offer guests inspiring and memorable local experiences,” said Petrone.

Candidates for the Five Diamond Rating undergo multiple unannounced evaluations and a final decision by a panel of experts. Using guidelines weighted by member priorities, inspectors meticulously evaluate guest services and physical attributes to assess the level of competence, refinement and hospitality and assign a corresponding rating of One to Five Diamonds.

For more information about Diamond Ratings and the complete lists of Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants, visit AAA.com/DiamondAwards.

About AAA Inspections

For more than 80 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property evaluations. AAA offers the only rating system using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app, the online TripTik Travel Planner mapping and routing tool, searchable online AAA Travel Guides and AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices.

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The Modern

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Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i

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The St. Regis New York

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Spice Island Beach Resort

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Four Seasons Hotel Mexico D.F.

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Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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The Jefferson Hotel

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Eight cities chosen as divisional favorites surpass standard fan fare with local specialties and creative choices

ORLANDO, Fla., (August 28, 2012) – This fall, pro football fans will spend Monday nights and Sundays rooting for their favorite teams while munching on nachos, wings and a whole lot more. Based on the long-standing tradition of pairing gridiron action with notable eats, AAA inspectors have selected this season’s top contenders solely on the merits of their home game food offerings.

Although every affiliated team won’t be in line for a Lombardi Trophy come February, fans can still cheer on the championship caliber food. Discover where to find enough hidden talent and rising stars — like alligator-sausage po’ boys and Dungeness crab panini — to fill a super-sized snack bowl.

Green Bay, Wis., Lambeau Field

Inside: Whether you’re looking to go deep or grind it out on the ground, the cheese curds and beer cheese soup deliver in clutch situations at Curly’s Pub, named for team founder, former player and head coach Earl “Curly” Lambeau. For a winning beverage accompaniment, try the Spotted Cow beer, a well-malted Wisconsin product, or the green Packertini. The loud, spacious restaurant has more large-screen TVs than the players’ locker room. Outside: Two blocks away, the tailgate party that starts three hours before kick-off outside former quarterback Brett Favre’s Steakhouse (1004 Brett Favre Pass) would make anyone keep coming back for more. Decorated with team photos, the AAA Two Diamond casual restaurant serves steaks, including a 20-ounce London broil, seafood and such Southern dishes as jambalaya.

Kansas City, Mo., Arrowhead Stadium

Inside: Start your offense by enjoying delicious, fine-smoked meats and sides including burnt ends, ribs, smoked sausages and rich cheesy corn at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque, a long-time BBQ competition champ and Kansas-City style BBQ supplier. For another Kansas City original, stop at Topsy’s Popcorn. The cinnamon flavor, one of four varieties, is the MVP of every game. Outside: Just a short drive away, your dining game plan could include amazing homemade comfort foods like chicken with dumplings and pot pies at the Corner Cafe (4215 S. Little Blue Parkway, Independence). This AAA Two Diamond casual country café opens at 5 a.m. for breakfast. There’s no defense strong enough to avoid the temptations in the bakery cabinet just as you enter.

Miami Gardens, Fla., Sun Life Stadium

Inside: Tasty touchdown tidbits include paella, Asian stir-fries and Cuban sandwiches. Try the Cuban coffee for the extra point! After further review, it’s clear the club level also offers up a couple of full-service restaurants. Outside: Still want to throw the challenge flag?  Take a short drive to sample the jerk chicken and daily lunch specials at Lorna’s Restaurant (2732 NW 183rd St.), featuring a Caribbean menu with mostly Jamaican and Bahamian delicacies and a few American dishes.

Nashville, Tenn., LP Field

Inside: Appetite trailing at half time? You’ll want to get back on the field once you taste the BBQ nachos smothered in cheddar cheese and piled high with smoky Southern pulled pork topped with a tangy sweet BBQ sauce. Those on the club level can enjoy a spectacular buffet with carved roast beef, brunch offerings and barbecue. Outside: Just a short field goal away, fill up on traditional German fare like oyster rolls, kraut balls, potato pancakes and a Southern twist on fried pickles, an old-world favorite, at Gerst Haus (301 Woodland St.). Fans pack the “Haus” at this AAA Two Diamond German beer hall, serving beer brewed in-house, situated on the grounds of the former Gerst brewery.

New Orleans, La., Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Inside: A 10-year veteran, Triple B’s Cajun Corner, is your all-star selection for crawfish pie, gumbo and an array of po’ boys made with fried seafood, Louisiana hot sausage, smoked brisket and — a local favorite — alligator sausage. Noshing on a po’ boy in one hand while leaving the other free to root for your team is a game-winning call. Outside: For hearty all-day breakfasts, seafood gumbo, “World’s Best Baked Ham” and bread pudding, saunter 10 blocks toward the Mississippi or catch the vintage trolley to Mother’s (401 Poydras Street). This AAA One Diamond iconic 1938 landmark has patrons lining up around the block, serving some 90,000 pounds of jambalaya last year alone. That’s a whole lot of roux to root about!

Philadelphia, Pa., Lincoln Financial Field

Inside: No need to scramble out of the pocket when you stick with your go-to guy — the cheese steak of course, with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe, from Tony Luke’s. Looking to pile it on? Then visit McNally’s Tavern for a Schmitter consisting of steak, grilled salami, cheese, tomatoes, fried onions and special sauce on a Kaiser roll. Or, for a mega treat, try the Fat Darrell sandwich (originated at Rutgers University) made with chicken fingers, French fries, mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce. Now that’s a personal foul! Outside: Across the street at the Xfinity Live complex, try the Crabfries or white lobster pizza at AAA Two Diamond Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabhouse & Sports Bar (1526 Packer Ave) followed by TV game viewing at the NBC Sports Arena restaurant.

Pittsburgh, Pa., Heinz Field

Inside: Take your terrible towel to one of two Primanti Brother’s locations for a meat and cheese sandwich with fries, eggs (optional) and coleslaw — a fan favorite of near-cult popularity. Not up for the steel curtain challenge? Other options include cheese steak and capicola sandwiches. Outside: For flatbread sandwiches served deep fried, blackened, grilled or stuffed, take the “Bus” a few blocks to former halfback Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 (393 North Shore Drive), frequented by locals and celebrities. Other attractions include generously portioned appetizers, numerous flat-panel HDTVs, a full bar and never-ending views of the riverfront or stadium skyline from the patio.

San Francisco, Calif., Candlestick Park

Inside: If you’re looking for a place to huddle, gather for specialty sandwiches like the fresh Dungeness crab panini at the Gridiron Grill (Lexus level, above Gate B). Who needs a water boy when you can add a complement of mixers and condiments to your Bloody Mary at the full bar? Look downfield for Boudin’s chowder in sourdough, as this local favorite is always open. Outside: Travel five miles to the casual AAA Three Diamond Chenery Park (386 Chenery Street) for great fish and chips with a remoulade sauce or house-made bacon or vegetarian mac ‘n cheese. Their complex playbook includes dry aged sirloin steak and smoked pork chops with bacon, apricots and roasted potatoes.

For the complete lists of AAA/CAA inspector picks for food favorites across all U.S. and Canadian cities that host pro football games, visit the AAA travel blog at AAATravelViews.com.

Find additional dining options in the AAA.com Travel Guides, and ask about special offers on tickets, merchandise and hospitality areas at local AAA club offices.

 

 

About AAA Inspections

AAA is the only rating system that conducts on-site professional evaluations guided by member priorities. And, with more properties than any other rating entity, AAA is the only rating system that covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For 76 years AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property inspections and publish the results, on a system of One to Five Diamonds, to guide member travel decisions.

AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotel and restaurant listings can be accessed in the AAA TourBook guides, free eTourBook guides at AAA.com/ebooks, online at AAA.com/Travel and from smartphones using the free AAA Mobile app or AAA Mobile Web at AAA.com/mobile.

 

About AAA

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 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.

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