Alabama Hotel Becomes First AAA Five Diamond Property in the State

St. Regis Hotels in Chicago and Puerto Rico also received the coveted Five Diamond designation

The Laurel Hotel & Spa Suite, Photo Credit Thomas Watkins
Photo Credit: Thomas Watkins

WASHINGTON, DC (November 27, 2023) – The Laurel Hotel & Spa in Auburn, Alabama has become the first property in the state to receive the prestigious AAA Five Diamond designation. Located on the campus of Auburn University, this luxury teaching hotel pampers guests and fosters the next generation of hospitality professionals. The property features a luxurious spa, stunning rooftop terrace, and creative dining options. 

Two St. Regis Hotels also received Five Diamonds this month: The St. Regis Chicago and The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico. Located where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan, the St. Regis Chicago offers breathtaking views of the city, superb service, and upscale amenities. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, located near El Yunque National Rainforest, offers guests two miles of pristine beach, poolside pampering, lush surroundings, and an 18-hole golf course. 

This month, twelve hotels and two restaurants received AAA Four Diamonds.  

Click below to view new and existing AAA Five and Four Diamond Properties  

Five Diamond Hotels  

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Four Diamond Hotels

Four Diamond Restaurants

AAA Diamond lists are updated monthly, as inspectors visit hotels and restaurants throughout the year. Currently, there are approximately 130 Five Diamond hotels and 60 Five Diamond restaurants, and 1,750 Four Diamond hotels and 535 Four Diamond restaurants.

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.   

Plan a visit to Diamond properties on Trip Canvas, AAA’s free travel planning tool, or connect with a AAA travel agent for recommendations and hotel reservations.

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.   

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