LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 23, 2012) - Eighty-five Southern California hotels and 37 restaurants have earned the 2012 AAA Four Diamond Award®, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced today. Eighteen locations appear as newcomers on the list including the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, The Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes and La Bellasera Hotel & Suites Paso Robles.

The coveted AAA Four Diamond Award is presented to hotel and restaurant general managers and executive chefs to recognize the award-winning properties, which rank among the top 3.8 percent of 59,000 hotels and restaurants inspected by the AAA and the Auto Club, the nation's largest AAA affiliate.

"Four Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants are committed to providing every guest with a high level of personalized service in comfortable, luxurious surroundings," said the Auto Club's Approved Accommodations Supervisor Patricia Marenco. "We are proud to recognize Southern California's hotels and restaurants that earn the AAA Four Diamond rating. To maintain a very high standard of personalized service in their hotels and restaurants in order to continue pleasing their guests is a significant accomplishment."

The list of 2012 AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants throughout Southern California follows, along with the year rated:

Inyo/Mono Counties Hotels Year Rated
Death Valley National Park The Inn at Furnace Creek 1987
Mammoth Lakes The Westin Monache Resort 2011
Los Angeles County Hotels
Beverly Hills Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel 1993
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills 2009
Burbank Hotel Amarano Burbank 2011
Glendale Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale & Executive Meeting Center 2000
Hollywood Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa 2008
W Hollywood 2010
Los Angeles Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills 2011
Hotel Palomar LA Westwood 2011
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza & Spa 1983
InterContinental Los Angeles Century City 1988
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE 2011
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza 2003
Sofitel Los Angeles 1993
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles 2011
Pasadena The Westin--Pasadena 2005
Rancho Palos Verdes Terranea Resort 2010
San Gabriel Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel 2011
Santa Monica The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows 2002
JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot 2002
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel 1989
Universal City Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City 2007
West Hollywood The London West Hollywood 2008
Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas 2007
Westlake Village Westlake Village Inn 2011
Los Angeles County Restaurants
Beverly Hills Bouchon 2011
Cut (Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel 2010
Spago Beverly Hills 2004
The Blvd (Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel) 2011
Calabasas Saddle Peak Lodge 1997
Glendale Gennaro's Ristorante 2000
Long Beach The Sky Room 2004
Los Angeles Culina (Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills) 1995
Patina 1991
Marina del Rey jer-ne restaurant (The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey) 2001
Pasadena The Raymond Restaurant 2005
Santa Monica Valentino Santa Monica 1995
Westlake Village Hampton's (Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village) 2007
Orange County Hotels
Anaheim Disneyland Hotel 2011
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa 2001
Dana Point Blue Lantern Inn 1991
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa 2004
Huntington Beach The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel 1991
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa 2003
Laguna Beach Montage Laguna Beach 2010
Surf & Sand Resort 1991
Newport Beach The Balboa Bay Club & Resort 2004
Fairmont Newport Beach 2007
Orange County Restaurants
Anaheim Napa Rose (Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa) 2010
Fullerton The Cellar 1990
Huntington Beach The Californian (Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa) 2003
Laguna Beach Studio (Montage Laguna Beach) 2008
Newport Beach Palm Terrace Restaurant (Island Hotel Newport Beach) 2007
The First Cabin At The Balboa Bay Club & Resort 2004
The Ritz Restaurant and Garden 1993
Riverside County Hotels
Cabazon Morongo Casino Resort & Spa 2005
Indian Wells Hyatt Grand Champions Resort 1987
Miramonte Resort and Spa 2008
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa 2003
Palm Desert JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 1987
Palm Springs The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn 1997
Rancho Mirage Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa 2009
The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa 2009
Riverside The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa 2010
Temecula Pechanga Resort and Casino 2002
Riverside County Restaurants
Cabazon Cielo (Morongo Casino Resort & Spa) 2011
Palm Springs Europa Restaurant at the Villa Royale Inn 2005
Le Vallauris 1993
Rancho Mirage Wally's Desert Turtle 1993
Riverside Duane's Prime Steaks & Seafood (Mission Inn Hotel & Spa) 1995
San Bernardino County Hotels
Big Bear Lake Alpenhorn Bed & Breakfast 2000
Lake Arrowhead Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa 2010
San Diego County Hotels
Coronado Hotel del Coronado 2005
Loews Coronado Bay 1992
Del Mar L'Auberge Del Mar 2002
Jamul Jamul Haven 2011
Julian Orchard Hill Country Inn 1996
La Jolla Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 2005
Hyatt Regency La Jolla 1990
La Valencia Hotel 2010
The Grande Colonial 2008
Lakeside Barona Resort & Casino 2010
Pala Pala Casino Spa and Resort 2004
Rancho Santa Fe Rancho Valencia, an Auberge Resort 1990
San Diego Hard Rock Hotel San Diego 2008
Hilton San Diego Bayfront 2011
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina 2011
Omni San Diego Hotel 2005
Rancho Bernardo Inn 1977
Pacific Terrace Hotel 2007
Paradise Point 2011
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina 1984
The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel 2007
The Westgate Hotel 2007
The Westin San Diego 1994
Valley Center Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort 2009
San Diego County Restaurants
Carlsbad Vivace (Hyatt Park Aviara Resort) 1999
La Jolla A.R. Valentien (The Lodge at Torrey Pines) 2004
Donovan's Steak & Chop House 2010
George's California Modern 2000
Sky Room (La Valencia Hotel) 1991
Rancho Santa Fe Mille Fleurs 1991
San Diego Baci's 2004
Bertrand at Mister A's 1994
El Bizcocho Restaurant (Rancho Bernardo Inn) 1990
Grant Grill (The US Grant) 2007
San Luis Obispo County Hotels
Cambria Pelican Cove Inn 2008
Blue Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast 1991
Cayucos Cayucos Sunset Inn 2002
Paso Robles La Bellasera Hotel & Suites 2011
Pismo Beach Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa 2009
Santa Barbara County Hotels
Santa Barbara Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort by Hilton 2006
Harbor View Inn 1997
Inn On Summer Hill 1990
Santa Ynez Chumash Casino Resort & Spa 2004
Santa Ynez Inn 2002
Solvang Hotel Corque 2011
The Ballard Inn 1993
Petersen Village Inn 1984
Santa Barbara County Restaurants
Santa Ynez The Willows (Chumash Casino Resort & Spa) 2005
Solvang The Ballard Inn Restaurant (The Ballard Inn) 2005

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 59,000 lodgings and restaurants each year throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotel and restaurant listings can be found in the AAA TourBook® guides available at AAA and CAA branches across the continent. They can be accessed online at AAA.com/Travel and through downloadable eTourBook(SM) guides at AAA.com/ebooks. Smartphone users can locate Diamond Rated establishments using the free AAA TripTik® Mobile app or AAA Mobile Web at AAA.com/mobile.

Contact Information:

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