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Mar/Apr 2011 Issue

Trust AAA’s Diamond ratings to find restaurants and lodging

When AAA tourism editors visit hotels and restaurants, they’re looking for properties that speak the language of customer satisfaction, and those that earn Four Diamonds express it clearly.

AAA recently assigned its Four Diamond rating to 40 hotels and restaurants in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. North America’s premier rating program, AAA’s ratings show where establishments fit in the spectrum from basic to luxury.

In fact, AAA rates more properties–59,000–than any other rating system and does not depend solely on the opinion of patrons for a rating. AAA uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property during unannounced evaluations.

The ratings they designate from One to Five Diamonds are not a measure of quality but rather a measure of the level of amenities and services offered. Cleanliness, comfort and safety are required at every level. Three Diamond is the highest rating most properties achieve, and most of these are above-average.

To earn Four Diamonds, lodgings must impress guests with their surroundings and offer a high degree of service and hospitality. Likewise, Four Diamond-rated restaurants must feature luxurious fine dining, excellent service and upscale ambiance.

Only 4 percent of the 31,000 AAA-rated lodgings and 3 percent of the 28,000 AAA-rated restaurants earned the prestigious Four Diamond designation for 2011.

AAA salutes this year’s Four Diamond Award recipients. The number in parentheses notes the number of consecutive years the facility has received the award.

Travelers can access AAA Diamond ratings in the printed TourBook guides, online at and using the free AAA TripTik® Mobile app.

Four Diamond hotels and Restaurants


  • Eureka Springs hotel: Angel at Rose Hall (12).
  • Fayetteville hotel: Pratt Place Inn (2).
  • Little Rock hotels: The Capital Hotel (3); and The Peabody Little Rock (9).
  • Little Rock restaurant: Ashley’s at The Capital (3).
  • Johnson restaurant: James at the Mill (13).


  • Baton Rouge hotel: Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center (2).
  • French Quarter hotels: Hotel Monteleone (8); Omni Royal Orleans Hotel (16); Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans (7); The Iberville Suites (9); The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans (6); The Roosevelt New Orleans (1); and the Westin New Orleans Canal Place (3).
  • New Orleans hotels: Harrah’s Hotel New Orleans (4); InterContinental New Orleans (8); JW Marriott New
    Orleans (26); Le Pavillon (15); Loews New Orleans Hotel (7); Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel (9); W New Orleans (10); and the Windsor Court Hotel (12).
  • French Quarter restaurant: Stella! (4).
  • New Orleans restaurants: Commander’s Palace (8);
    Emeril’s (1); Emeril’s Delmonico Restaurant (10); The Grill Room (10); and Restaurant August (7).


  • Biloxi hotels: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (9); Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi (3); and IP Casino Resort Spa (4).
  • Greenwood hotel: The Alluvian Hotel (5).
  • Jackson hotel: Fairview Inn (16).
  • Natchez hotel: Monmouth Plantation (30).
  • Biloxi restaurants: BR Prime at Beau Rivage Resort &
    Casino (3); Jia (3); thirty-two (4); and Tien (1).
  • Cleveland restaurant: K.C.’s (10).
  • Hattiesburg restaurant: Purple Parrot Café (3).

VIN Etch helps deter auto theft

As an effective theft deterrent, the Club will offer window etching of your vehicle’s VIN (vehicle identification number) at several AAA offices.

The cost for the service is $30 for AAA members and $40 for non-members, including six etchings per car. AAA offers discounts on insurance for VIN Etching.

Call 1-800-AAA-ROAD ext. 6821 to make appointments at least 48 hours in advance of the dates. Please have your VIN number handy when you call.

View dates and locations


Monmouth Plantation in Natchez, Miss., has been a Four Diamond recipient for 30 years.

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