LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - Seventy Southern California hotels and 34 restaurants have earned the 2011 AAA Four Diamond Award, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced today. Seven locations appear for the first time on the 2011 list including Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, La Valencia Hotel, as well as Cut, and Donovan's Steak & Chop House restaurants. Patina received its 20th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award rating.

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 systematic method of rating lodgings and restaurants, 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 2011 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 The Inn at Furnace Creek 24
Los Angeles County Hotels   
Beverly Hills Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel 18
  Montage Beverly Hills 2
  SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills 2
Glendale Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale & Executive Meeting Center 11
Hollywood Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa 3
Los Angeles Sofitel Los Angeles 18
  Omni Los Angeles Hotel 8
  InterContinental Los Angeles Century City 23
  Hyatt Regency Century Plaza & Spa 28
Pasadena The Westin -- Pasadena 6
Rancho Palos Verdes Terranea Resort 1
Santa Monica The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows 9
  Le Merigot -- A JW Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa 9
  Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel 22
Universal City Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City 4
West Hollywood The London West Hollywood 3
  Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas 4
Los Angeles County Restaurants   
Beverly Hills Cut 1
  Spago Beverly Hills 7
Calabasas Saddle Peak Lodge 14
Glendale Gennaro's Ristorante 11
Long Beach The Sky Room 7
Los Angeles Gardens (Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills) 16
  Patina 20
Marina del Rey jer-ne restaurant (The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey)  10
Pasadena The Raymond Restaurant 6
Santa Monica Valentino Santa Monica 16
Westlake Village Hampton's 4
Orange County Hotels  
Anaheim Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa 10
Dana Point Blue Lantern Inn 20
  Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa 7
Huntington Beach The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel 20
  Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa 8
Irvine Hyatt Regency Irvine 8
Laguna Beach Montage Laguna Beach 1
  Surf & Sand Resort 20
Newport Beach The Balboa Bay Club & Resort 7
  Fairmont Newport Beach 4
Orange County Restaurants   
Anaheim Napa Rose 1
Fullerton The Cellar 21
Huntington Beach The Californian (Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa) 8
Laguna Beach Studio (Montage Laguna Beach) 3
Newport Beach Palm Terrace Restaurant (Island Hotel) 4
  The First Cabin At The Balboa Bay Club & Resort 7
  The Ritz Restaurant & Garden 18
Riverside County Hotels   
Cabazon Morongo Casino Resort & Spa 6
Indian Wells Hyatt Grand Champions Resort 24
  Miramonte Resort and Spa 3
  Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa 8
Lake Arrowhead Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa 1
Palm Desert JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 24
Palm Springs The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn 14
Rancho Mirage Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa 2
  The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa 2
Temecula Pechanga Resort and Casino 9
Riverside County Restaurants   
Rancho Mirage Wally's Desert Turtle 18
Palm Springs Europa Restaurant at the Villa Royale Inn 6
  Le Vallauris 18
Riverside Duane's Prime Steaks & Seafood (Mission Inn) 16
San Bernardino County Hotels   
Big Bear Lake Alpenhorn Bed & Breakfast 11
San Diego County Hotels   
Coronado Hotel del Coronado 6
  Loews Coronado Bay 19
Del Mar L'Auberge Del Mar 9
Julian Orchard Hill Country Inn 15
Lakeside Barona Resort & Casino 1
La Jolla Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 6
  Hyatt Regency La Jolla 21
  La Valencia Hotel 1
  The Grande Colonial 3
Pala Pala Casino Spa and Resort 7
Rancho Santa Fe Rancho Valencia an Auberge Resort 21
San Diego Hard Rock Hotel San Diego 3
  Omni San Diego Hotel 6
  Rancho Bernardo Inn 34
  Pacific Terrace Hotel 4
  San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina 27
  The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel 4
  The Westgate Hotel 4
  The Westin San Diego 17
Valley Center Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort 2
San Diego County Restaurants   
Carlsbad Vivace (Hyatt Park Aviara Resort) 12
La Jolla A.R. Valentien (The Lodge at Torrey Pines) 7
  Donovan's Steak & Chop House 1
  George's California Modern 11
  Sky Room (La Valencia Hotel) 20
Rancho Santa Fe Mille Fleurs 20
San Diego Baci's 7
  Bertrand at Mister A's 17
  El Bizcocho Restaurant (Rancho Bernardo Inn) 21
  Grant Grill (The US Grant) 4
San Luis Obispo County Hotels   
Cambria Pelican Cove Inn 3
  Blue Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast 20
Cayucos Cayucos Sunset Inn 9
Pismo Beach Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa 2
Santa Barbara County Hotels   
Santa Barbara Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort 5
  Harbor View Inn 14
  Inn on Summer Hill 21
Santa Ynez Chumash Casino Resort & Spa 7
  Santa Ynez Inn 9
Solvang The Ballard Inn 18
  Petersen Village Inn 27
Santa Barbara County Restaurants   
Santa Ynez The Willows (Chumash Casino Resort & Spa) 6
Solvang The Ballard Inn Restaurant (The Ballard Inn) 6

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 57,000 lodgings and restaurants each year throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. A wide range of property listings are included in printed regional TourBook® guides and on www.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. They are also available, in part, on www.AAAmaps.com. The AAA Four Diamond rating is exclusive in that less than 4% of all AAA approved properties achieve this rating.

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