Look for AAA diamonds for sparkling hotels, restaurants

Just as a diamond is one of the most sought-after jewels valued for its luster and brilliance, AAA’s four-diamond-rated hotels and restaurants sparkle because of their outstanding service and quality.

Each year, more than 65 AAA tourism editors conduct unannounced evaluations of restaurants and lodgings throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, scrutinizing such areas as cleanliness, amenities and service. The facilities that qualify are assigned an overall rating of one to five diamonds.

To earn four diamonds, lodgings must offer upscale facilities with a high degree of hospitality. Likewise, four diamond restaurants must feature luxurious fine dining with excellent service and ambiance.

Only an estimated 3 percent of the more than 55,000 AAA-rated lodgings and restaurants were awarded the AAA Four Diamond designation for 2007. AAA is proud to salute the following Four Diamond recipients in our area. The number in parenthesis represents the number of consecutive years the facility has received the Four Diamond award.


• Eureka Springs hotel: Angel at Rose Hall (8).
• Little Rock hotel: The Peabody Little Rock (5).
• Johnson restaurant: James at the Mill (9).

• French Quarter hotels: Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans (4); Hotel Monteleone (4); Omni Royal Orleans Hotel (12); Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans (3); The Iberville Suites (5); The Maison Orleans-Ritz Carlton (5); The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans (2); and Wyndham New Orleans at Canal Place (22).
• New Orleans hotels: Elysian Fields Inn (3); InterContinental New Orleans (4); JW Marriott New Orleans (22); Le Pavillon (11); Loews New Orleans Hotel (3); Renaissance Arts Hotel New Orleans (3); Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel (5); The Fairmont New Orleans (4); The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel (4); W New Orleans (6); and Windsor Court Hotel (8).
• French Quarter restaurant: Begue’s (12).
• New Orleans restaurants: Commander’s Palace (4); Emeril’s Delmonico Restaurant & Bar (6); New Orleans Grill (6); and Restaurant August (3).


• Biloxi hotels: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (5); Palace Casino Resort Hotel (4).
• Greenwood hotel: The Alluvian Hotel (1).
• Jackson hotel: Fairview Inn (12).
• Natchez hotel: Monmouth Plantation (26).
• Cleveland restaurant: K.C.’s (6).
• Philadelphia restaurant: Phillip M’s Restaurant (2).

To find other AAA Four Diamond properties across the country, visit the Web site www.AAA.com and click on the TourBook section.

Published Jan/Feb 2007

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