AAA Chicago Five and Four Diamond Hotels and Restaurants Announced

AURORA, Ill., Jan. 18, 2013– AAA Chicago today announced the four restaurants and four lodgings named as AAA Five Diamond Award designees for 2013 in Illinois and northern Indiana.  All eight designees are located in Chicago, Ill. New York City now has the most Five Diamond-rated restaurants in North America, followed by Chicago (4) and Las Vegas (4). Chicago’s four Five Diamond hotels round out the list of 2013 Five Diamond properties in Illinois and northern Indiana.

“Illinois’ eight Five Diamond establishments all offer exemplary surroundings and service and reflect the characteristics of ultimate luxury and experience,” said Brad Roeber, regional president, AAA Chicago.

The 2013 Five Diamond rated restaurants for Illinois and northern Indiana are as follows: Alinea (7 years), Arun’s (11 years), Everest (17 years) and Tru (13 years).

The 2013 Five Diamond rated hotels for Illinois and northern Indiana are as follows: The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (23 years), The Peninsula Chicago (11 years), Waldorf Astoria Chicago (3 years) and Trump International Hotel & Tower (3 years). All AAA Five Diamond rated hotels and restaurants are located in Chicago, Ill. The full listings for the 2013 AAA/CAA Five Diamond restaurants and hotels can be found here.  

Additionally, Illinois and northern Indiana boast 62 AAA Four Diamond establishments. Three Four Diamond restaurants are in northern Indiana and 17 Four Diamond restaurants and 42 Four Diamond lodgings are in Illinois. There is one new Four Diamond restaurant added to the 2013 list, Next located in Chicago.  The full listings for the 2012 AAA/CAA Four Diamond restaurants and hotels can be found here.    
Nationally, 178 establishments were named as AAA/CAA Five Diamond Award® designees for 2013. Just 125 hotels and 53 restaurants are eligible for the travel authority’s highest and most exclusive rating. These select establishments represent 0.3 percent of the total 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

To become AAA Diamond rated, hotels and restaurants undergo a thorough inspection by one of AAA’s 65 full-time, highly trained professional evaluators. Five Diamond establishments complete a more extensive review that includes a series of inspections and final committee review.  AAA rates more properties than any other rating entity and is one of only two that conduct physical, on-site evaluations.

AAA first started listing accommodation information in its travel publications in the early 1900s. In 1937, the first field inspectors were hired to inspect hotels, motels and restaurants. In 1963, AAA began to rate all accommodations as good, very good, excellent or outstanding. The Diamond rating process, introduced in 1977 for hotels and 1989 for restaurants, continues to be recognized as one of the most trusted rating process for North American travelers.
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