AAA Reveals Costa Rica Diamond Properties

21 hotels and 13 restaurants received Diamond designations

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
Photo Credit: JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2023) – AAA is debuting the Diamonds Program in Costa Rica by revealing which hotels and restaurants received Diamond designations. AAA Inspectors recently visited the Central American country to inspect properties for the first time.  

We are excited to include the beautiful destination of Costa Rica to the AAA Diamond portfolio,” said Scott Hammerle, AAA Diamond Program Director. “As we expand our footprint, we keep our members top of mind and ensure they have trusted information to guide them as they choose where to travel. Costa Rica hospitality leaders were welcoming and excited to be the first country expansion in over 30 years.” 

34 hotels and restaurants in Costa Rica earned Diamonds: 11 hotels received Four Diamonds, 10 hotels received Three Diamonds, 11 restaurants received Three Diamonds, and 2 restaurants are Diamond Approved. Plan a visit to these properties on Trip Canvas, AAA’s free travel planning tool, or connect with a AAA travel agent for hotel reservations, tours and packages, and other bookings in Costa Rica. 

AAA Four Diamond Hotels in Costa Rica  

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, La Fortuna, Alajuela  

Dreams Las Mareas, La Cruz, Guanacaste  

Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste 

The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal, Guanacaste 

W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal, Playa Conchal, Guanacaste 

El Mangroove, Autograph Collection, Playa Panama, Guanacaste  

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica, Playa Panama, Guanacaste 

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Tamarindo, Guanacaste  

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen, Heredia, Heredia  

Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Quepos, Puntarenas 

InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall, San José, San José 

AAA Three Diamond Hotels in Costa Rica  

Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela, Alajuela, Alajuela  

Xandari Resort and Spa, Alajuela, Alajuela 

Doubletree by Hilton Cariari, Heredia, Heredia  

Croc’s Resort & Casino, Jaco, Puntarenas 

Hyatt Place San Jose/Pinares, Curridabat, San José 

AC Hotel by Marriott San José Escazú, San José, San José 

AC Hotel Heredia Belen, San José, San José 

Courtyard by Marriott San José Escazú, San José, San José 

Residence Inn by Marriott San José Escazú, San José, San José 

Sheraton San José Hotel, San José, San José  

AAA Three Diamond Restaurants in Costa Rica  

Don Rufino, La Fortuna, Alajuela 

Nemare, Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste 

HiR Fine Dining, Pinilla, Guanacaste  

Makoko, Playa Panama, Guanacaste  

Pangas Beach Club, Tamarindo, Guanacaste  

La Pecora Nera Ristorante Italiano, Puerto Viejo, Limón 

La Divina Comida Fusion Peruana, San José, San José 

Naans & Curries, San José, San José 

Restaurante Grano de Oro, San José, San José 

Restaurante Silvestre, San José, San José 

Sikwa Restaurante, San José, San José 

AAA Diamond Approved Restaurants 

Don Luis Grill & Pizza, Monteverde, Puntarenas 

Apotecario, Barrio Escalante, San José 

AAA Diamond Designations  

Diamond designations reflect AAA Inspectors’ commitment to quality and consistency in the hospitality industry. Diamond Inspectors are trained professionals who travel across North America to conduct unannounced, independent, in-person property inspections.     

Five Diamond properties offer ultimate luxury and leading-edge cuisine.    

Four Diamond properties offer upscale amenities and distinctive fine dining.    

Three Diamond properties offer comprehensive amenities and trendy food. 

Diamond Approved properties meet industry-leading standards of AAA inspections. 

The 4Cs of AAA Diamonds     

Cleanliness: AAA hotel inspections include ATP surface testing, the same technology used to verify cleanliness in the healthcare and food service industries.    

Comfort: Inspectors evaluate a property’s quality of experience, range of amenities, and level of hospitality.    

Cuisine: Diamond restaurants are assessed on their food, service, and vibe. Inspectors dine at these properties anonymously.    

Consistency: AAA Diamond properties – no matter the designation – have one thing in common: consistency. Unlike subjective star reviews, Diamond inspections rely on published guidelines based on industry standards.    

About AAA   

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