In a tradition 78 years long, AAA has announced the hotels and restaurants that earned the Four or Five Diamond® Rating during the past 12 months. In total, 32 local DC-area establishments received the AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond® Ratings, the AAA’s highest designations for hotels and restaurants.
The restaurant with the longest Five Diamond tenure is The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room in Washington, Va., which has maintained the rating for 26 consecutive years, since 1988.
Hotels rated Four or Five Diamond® according to AAA "are stylish and refined with upscale physical attributes. Guests receive personalized attention from an experienced staff and extensive amenities in a luxurious setting. Restaurants at the Four or Five Diamond® level offer a distinctive fine dining experience. Creative chefs, imaginative menus, fresh top-quality ingredients and knowledgeable staff distinguish these establishments."
Five Diamond® Properties and Restaurants in Northern Virginia (2):
- The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA (1989)
- The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room, Washington, VA (1988)
Four Diamond® Properties and Restaurants in Northern Virginia (10):
- Morrison House – A Kimpton Hotel, Alexandria, VA (1986)
- The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA (1990)
- Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA (1991)
- Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, VA (1991)
- Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, Tysons Corner, VA (2012)
- The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, VA (1992)
- Middleton Inn, Washington, VA (1998)
- Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA (2012)
- 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, VA (2004)
- L’Auberge Chez Francois & Jacques’ Brasserie, Great Falls, VA (1992)
*The year noted represents the year the establishment first received its current and consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.
The Westfields Marriott in Chantilly that was listed as a Four Diamond for 2013, is a Three Diamond at the start of 2014, according to AAA.
Establishments at the Four and Five Diamond® rating levels make up 3.9 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, of the 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved hotels and restaurants. Across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, these select properties represent the upper echelon of the hospitality industry.
“Four and Five Diamond® hotels and restaurants provide guests with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high quality surroundings,” said John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs. “These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector. We are proud to have these dedicated businesses in our region.”
Collectively visiting some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week, AAA inspectors are in a unique position to identify emerging trends in the hospitality industry. Inspectors have observed hotels and restaurants using increasingly personalized approaches to enhance guest comfort and satisfaction.