CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb 19, 2018) AAA Carolinas honored four hotels and three restaurants at the North and South Carolina AAA Five Diamond awards dinner hosted by the Ritz-Carlton on February 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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. Only 0.4 percent of the nearly 28,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels results in a Five Diamond rating.
Hotel winners, with the number of years won, are:
- The Umstead Hotel & Spa (11 years) in Cary, NC
- The Fearrington House Inn (24 years) in Pittsboro, NC
- The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (11 years) in Kiawah Island, SC
- The Ritz-Carlton (8 years) in Charlotte, NC
Restaurant winners, with the number of years won, area:
- The Fearrington House Restaurant (23 years) in Pittsboro, NC
- Herons Restaurant (7 years) in Cary, NC
- McCrady’s (1 year) in Charleston, SC
“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.”
AAA gives the Five Diamond Awards annually to qualified hotels and restaurants in North America. In 2018, only 68 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.
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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.