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Mar/Apr 2014 Issue

Follow AAA Diamonds to help you find the best hotels, restaurants

Finding a quality hotel or restaurant often can be like going on a blind date because you never know what’s waiting for you on the other side of the door.

But AAA has taken the uncertainty out of the process with its Diamond rating system. AAA recently assigned its well-researched Diamond ratings to about 60,000 hotels and restaurants nationwide for 2014. AAA is the only rating system that conducts on-site, unannounced inspections using thorough guidelines based on member priorities. From One to Five Diamonds, the ratings show where establishments fit in the spectrum from basic to luxury.

To earn Four Diamonds, lodgings must be stylish and offer a high level of hospitality. Likewise, visitors to Four Diamond restaurants must experience fine dining with upscale service and ambiance.

AAA salutes the following Four Diamond recipients in our area. Only 5 percent of the 29,000 AAA-rated lodgings and 2.5 percent of the nearly 30,000 AAA-rated restaurants earned Four Diamonds for 2014.

Four Diamond Properties

Number in parentheses represents the number of consecutive years the property has received the AAA Four Diamond designation.

  • Eureka Springs B&B: Angel at Rose Hall (15).
  • Fayetteville hotel: Pratt Place Inn (5).
  • Little Rock hotels: The Capital Hotel (6); The Empress of Little Rock (1).
  • Little Rock restaurant: Ashley’s at The Capital (6).
  • Johnson restaurant: James at the Mill (16).


  • Baton Rouge hotels: Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center (5); Renaissance Baton Rouge (2).
  • French Quarter hotels: Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans (3); Hotel Monteleone (11); Omni Royal Orleans Hotel (19); Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans (10); The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (9); The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel (4); Westin New Orleans Canal Place (6).
  • New Orleans hotels: Harrah’s Hotel New Orleans (7); Hilton New Orleans Riverside (3); Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue (3); Hyatt Regency New Orleans (2); InterContinental New Orleans (11); JW Marriott New Orleans (29); Le Pavillon (18); Loews New Orleans Hotel (10); New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway (3); Omni Royal Crescent Hotel (3); Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel (3); Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel (12); W New Orleans (13); Windsor Court Hotel (15).
  • Lafayette hotel: Carriage House Hotel (3).
  • Shreveport hotel: Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport (3).
  • White Castle hotel: Nottoway Plantation & Resort (1).
  • French Quarter restaurants: Restaurant R’evolution (2); Stella! (7).
  • New Orleans restaurants: Commander’s Palace (11); Emeril’s (4); Emeril’s Delmonico Restaurant (13); Restaurant August (10); Root (1); The Grill Room (13).

  • Biloxi hotels: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (12); Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi (6); IP Casino Resort Spa (7); Palace Casino Resort Hotel (1).
  • Greenwood hotel: The Alluvian Hotel (8).
  • Jackson hotel: Fairview Inn (19).
  • Natchez hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn (33).
  • Biloxi restaurants: BR Prime at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (6); Jia (6); thirty-two (7); Tien (4).
  • Hattiesburg restaurant: Purple Parrot Café (6).

With open rafter ceilings, rustic wood beams, and green tangled root-patterned chairs, Root restaurant in New Orleans is a funky addition to the Four Diamond list.


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