LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 13, 2009) - Sixty-six Southern California hotels and 32 restaurants have earned the 2010 AAA Four Diamond Award, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced today. Six locations appear for the first time on the 2010 list, including the SLS Hotel and the Montage in Beverly Hills; two in Rancho Mirage; one in Pismo Beach and one in San Diego County.

The coveted rating plaque featuring a design of four raised simulated diamonds and the AAA Four Diamond Award logo are presented to hotel and restaurant general managers and executive chefs to recognize the award-winning properties, which rank among the top 3.4 percent of more than 2,600 Southern California hotels, motels, and restaurants inspected by the Auto Club, the nation's largest AAA affiliate.

"North America's AAA Diamond Rating System is a long-time trusted method of rating lodgings and dining establishments, especially during what has been a difficult economic year for the hospitality industry and also for travelers," said the Auto Club's Approved Accommodations Supervisor Patricia Marenco. "Southern California's hotels and restaurants that earn the AAA Four Diamond award maintain a very high standard of service in their hotels and restaurants in order to continue pleasing their guests."

The list of 2010 AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants throughout Southern California follows, along with the consecutive years each property has earned the award:

Inyo/Mono Counties Hotel                                              Years

Death Valley National Park   Furnace Creek Inn                           23

Los Angeles County Hotels

Beverly Hills                Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel         17
                             Montage Beverly Hills                        1
                             SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills                   1

Glendale                     Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale           10
                              & Executive Meeting Center

Hollywood                    Renaissance Hollywood   Hotel & Spa          2

Los Angeles                  Sofitel Los Angeles                         17

                             Omni Los Angeles Hotel                       7

                             InterContinental Los Angeles Century City   22

                             Hyatt Regency Century Plaza                 27

Pasadena                     The Westin--Pasadena                         5

Santa Monica                 The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows       8

                             Le Merigot - A JW Marriott                   8
                              Beach Hotel & Spa

                             Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel              21

Universal City               Hilton Universal City & Towers               3

West Hollywood               The London West Hollywood                    2

                             Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas                3

Los Angeles County Restaurants

Beverly Hills                JAAN (in Raffles L'Emitage Beverly Hills)    6

                             Spago Beverly Hills                          6

Calabasas                    Saddle Peak Lodge                           13

Glendale                     Gennaro's Ristorante                        10

Long Beach                   The Sky Room                                 6

Los Angeles                  Gardens (Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles     15
                              at Beverly Hills)

                             Patina                                      19

Marina del Rey               jer-ne restaurant                            9
                             (The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey)

Pasadena                     The Raymond Restaurant                       5

Santa Monica                 Valentino Restaurant                        15

Westlake Village             Hampton's                                    3

Orange County Hotels

Anaheim                      Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa       9

Dana Point                   Blue Lantern Inn                            19

                             Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa,                  6
                              A Marriott Resort

Huntington Beach             Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort              19

                             Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach               7
                              Resort & Spa

Irvine                       Hyatt Regency Irvine                         7

Laguna Beach                 Surf & Sand Resort                          19

Newport Beach                The Balboa Bay Club & Resort                 6

                             Fairmont Newport Beach                       3

Orange County Restaurants

Fullerton                    The Cellar                                  20

Huntington Beach             The Californian (Hyatt Regency               7
                              Huntington Beach Resort & Spa)

Laguna Beach                 Studio (Montage Laguna Beach)                2

Newport Beach                Palm Terrace (The Island Hotel               3
                              Newport Beach)

                             The First Cabin At The Balboa Bay            6
                              Club & Resort

                             The Ritz Restaurant & Garden                17

Riverside County Hotels

Cabazon                      Morongo Casino Resort & Spa                  5

Indian Wells                 Hyatt Grand Champions Resort                23

                             Miramonte Resort and Spa                     2

                             Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa         7

Palm Desert                  Desert Springs, JW Marriott Resort & Spa    23

Palm Springs                 The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn       13

Rancho Mirage                Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa              1

                             The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa        1

Temecula                     Pechanga Resort and Casino                   8

Riverside County Restaurants

Rancho Mirage                Wally's Desert Turtle                       17

Palm Springs                 Europa Restaurant at the Villa Royale Inn    5

                             Le Vallauris                                17

Riverside                    Duane's Prime Steaks &                      15
                              Seafood (Mission Inn)

San Bernardino County Hotels

Big Bear Lake                Alpenhorn Bed & Breakfast                   10

San Diego County Hotels

Coronado                     Hotel del Coronado                           5

                             Loews Coronado Bay                          18

Del Mar                      L'Auberge Del Mar                            8

Fallbrook                    Pala Casino Spa and Resort                   6

Julian                       Orchard Hill Country Inn                    14

La Jolla                     Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa                5

                             Hyatt Regency La Jolla                      20

                             The Grande Colonial                          2

Rancho Santa Fe              Rancho Valencia an Auberge Resort           20

San Diego                    Hard Rock Hotel San Diego                    2

                             Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego            17

                             Omni San Diego Hotel                         5

                             Rancho Bernardo Inn                         33

                             Pacific Terrace Hotel                        3

                             San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina           26

                             The US Grant                                 3

                             The Westgate Hotel                           3

                             The Westin San Diego                        16

Valley Center                Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort              1

San Diego County Restaurants

Carlsbad                     Vivace (Four Seasons Resort Aviara)         11

La Jolla                     A.R. Valentien (The Lodge at Torrey Pines)   6

                             George's California Modern                  10

                             Sky Room (La Valencia Hotel)                19

Rancho Santa Fe              Mille Fleurs                                19

San Diego                    Baci's                                       6

                             Bertrand at Mister A's                      16

                             El Bizcocho Restaurant                      20
                              (Rancho Bernardo Inn)

                             Grant Grill  (The US Grant)                  3

San Luis Obispo County Hotels

Cambria                      Pelican Cove Inn                             2

                             Blue Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast              19

Cayucos                      Cayucos Sunset Inn                           8

Pismo Beach                  Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa                     1

Santa Barbara County Hotels

Los Olivos                   Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort              4

Santa Barbara                Harbor View Inn                             13

                             Inn on Summer Hill                          20

Santa Ynez                   Chumash Casino Resort & Spa                  6

                             Santa Ynez Inn                               8

Solvang                      The Ballard Inn                             17

                             Petersen Village Inn                        26

Santa Barbara County Restaurants

Santa Ynez                   The Willows (Chumash Casino Resort & Spa)    5

Solvang                      The Ballard Inn Restaurant                   5
                              (The Ballard Inn)

AAA's Diamond rating program is the only hotel and restaurant review system in the nation that uses specially trained full-time field representatives. As part of AAA's national network, the Auto Club's own staff reviews establishments in Southern California without prior notification using objective and detailed rating procedures.

Lodging inspections include at least one unannounced inspection each year. Inspectors review and rate exterior, grounds and public areas, room décor, ambiance and amenities, guest room, bathrooms, housekeeping and maintenance, management and staff and guest services. Once the inspection process is complete, properties that meet all requirements receive a rating of one to five Diamonds.

AAA approves and rates more than 31,000 lodgings and 27,000 restaurants each year throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. A wide range of property listings are included in regional TourBook® guides, with a yearly distribution of nearly 20 million, and on AAA.com, where many travel planning and information services -- including the well-known TripTik® Travel Planner, TourBook® listings and Diamond Ratings -- are now available to non-members as well. The AAA Four Diamond rating is exclusive in that less than 4% of all AAA approved properties achieve this rating.

The 2010 AAA Five Diamond Award lodging and restaurant recipients will be announced in November.

Contact Information: CONTACT: Jeffrey Spring/Elaine Beno 714-885-2333