AAA added one new establishment to the Four Diamond Award list


TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2010) — AAA Auto Club South announced the 2010 Four Diamond Award recipients in the Tampa Bay area. This year, eight lodgings and four restaurants achieved the Four Diamond Award status.

“Four and Five Diamond lodgings and restaurants represent the best the hospitality industry has to offer,” said Marlene Adkinson, AAA area executive, Tampa Bay. “These properties consistently deliver a high level of personal comfort and attention to every guest. To achieve and maintain these ratings is a commendable accomplishment, and we are honored to present these establishments with the Four or Five Diamond Award designation for 2010.”


Representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry, AAA Four and Five Diamond establishments make up just 3.5 percent and 0.28 percent, respectively, of the 58,000 AAA/CAA Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

One new establishment, The Westin Tampa Bay, was added to the 2010 Four Diamond.

AAA Four Diamond Award recipients:


·        Caretta on the Gulf          

·        Sandpearl Resort

·        Don Cesar Beach Resort, A Loews Hotel

·        Maritana Grille

·        Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club

·        Armani’s

·        Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

·        InterContinental Tampa

·        Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza

·        Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa

·        SideBern’s          

·        The Westin Tampa Bay 


 AAA’s Diamond Rating System is the only ratings system that covers all of North America and one of only two that conduct physical, on-site evaluations.  It is the only system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis using a set of guidelines that are made available to all establishments. 

AAA evaluates more properties than any other rating entity.  Additionally, AAA provides travelers the opportunity to post comments about their experiences at AAA Approved and Diamond Rated establishments at AAA.com.  Information about AAA Diamond Ratings and the complete 2009 Four and Five Diamond Award winners’ lists are accessible at www.AAA.com/Diamonds. Travelers can access detailed listings and photos of Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants by location on www.AAA.com


AAA Auto Club South is the fourth largest affiliate of AAA, with 78 branch offices serving more than 4.1 million members in Florida, Georgia, West and Middle Tennessee, and Puerto Rico. Since its founding in 1938, AAA Auto Club South has worked to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve travel safety.




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