CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 1, 2019) – AAA Carolinas awarded four hotels and three restaurants in North and South Carolina with the prestigious 2019 AAA Five Diamond Award.
The Five Diamond rating is the top designation awarded each year by AAA to an elite group of qualified hotels and restaurants after an anonymous overnight visit or dining experience by fulltime specially trained inspectors.
“AAA Five Diamond lodgings offer the highest level of hospitality in the most luxurious surroundings, complemented by an extensive array of personalized services that consistently exceed the expectations of even the most refined traveler,” said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “The restaurants boast enticing menus with original, hand-selected choices that patrons enjoy with attentive service in a luxurious yet comfortable ambiance.”
Five Diamond Hotels in North Carolina:
- The Umstead Hotel & Spa (12 years)
- The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte (9 years)
- The Fearrington House Inn (25 years)
Five Diamond Hotels in South Carolina
- The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (13 years)
Five Diamond Restaurants in North Carolina
- Herons (In the Umstead Hotel) (8 years)
- The Fearrington House Restaurant (24 years)
Five Diamond Restaurants in South Carolina
- McCrady’s (2 years)
AAA gives the Five Diamond Awards annually to qualified hotels and restaurants in North America. This year, only 67 restaurants and 121 properties in North America earned the Five Diamond rating.
Lodgings include eight different classifications, such as bed and breakfast, hotel, cottage and country inn with four sub-classifications such as historic, classic, resort and casino. Restaurants include more than 100 categories based on cuisine and ambiance. Each restaurant and lodging that receives any level of diamond rating from AAA is listed in AAA’s TourBooks, which are distributed for free to any of the organization’s 53 million members nationwide.
Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app, the online AAA Travel Planner mapping and routing tool, searchable online AAA Travel Guides and AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices.
AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.1 million members and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.