Diamond Rating Definitions

What It Means to be AAA Inspected & Approved and Diamond Rated

Hotels and restaurants that meet AAA’s Approval Requirements for their category during an unannounced on-site inspection receive the AAA Inspected & Approved designation. Every AAA Inspected & Approved establishment is acceptable for the type of experience it provides; AAA does not approve substandard properties.  


For hotels and restaurants designated as AAA Inspected & Approved, inspectors assign a rating of One to Five Diamonds based on the extensiveness of services, facilities and amenities typical of each rating level, indicating the type of experience to expect.


AAA Diamond ratings for hotels represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities, and level of services offered by the property. The descriptive ratings are assigned exclusively to properties that meet and uphold AAA’s rigorous Approval standards.

Budget-oriented, offering basic comfort and hospitality.
Affordable, with modestly enhanced facilities, decor and amenities.
Distinguished, multifaceted with enhanced physical attributes, amenities and guest comforts.
Refined, stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.
Ultimate luxury, sophistication and comfort with extraordinary physical attributes, meticulous personalized service, extensive amenities and impeccable standards of excellence.


AAA Diamond ratings for restaurants represent a combination of the overall food, service, décor and ambiance offered by the establishment. The descriptive ratings are assigned exclusively to establishments that meet and uphold AAA’s rigorous Approval standards.

Simple, economical food, often quick-serve, in a functional environment.
Familiar food, often cooked to order, served in casual surroundings.
Trendy cuisine, skillfully prepared and served, with expanded beverage options, in an enhanced setting.
Distinctive fine-dining. Creative preparations, skillfully served, often with wine steward, amid upscale ambience.
Leading-edge cuisine of the finest ingredients, uniquely prepared by an acclaimed chef, served by expert service staff led by maître d’ in extraordinary surroundings.

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