AAA Four Diamond Designation
AAA gathers and maintains its proprietary travel information in cooperation with AAA/CAA clubs, professional evaluators, hospitality industry representatives and members. AAA Approved lodgings and restaurants are evaluated and assigned AAA Diamond ratings based on strict quality standards.
The AAA inspection system has evolved into the largest in North America with AAA inspectors evaluating and rating more than 59,000 hotels and restaurants annually. Long before there were websites, social networks and consumer reviews to help travelers find a clean hotel and a good meal, AAA inspectors were looking under beds and tasting the meatloaf all along North America's roads. AAA personally evaluates all of the properties they list. Showing up unannounced, never making appointments, and allocating only a short amount of time from the point of introduction to the point the inspector is in the first room conducting the inspection. Even in the wake of the recent technological information explosion, AAA members and the rest of the traveling public still want and trust inspector evaluations.
In 1937, to provide better travel information for members, AAA employed its first inspectors, called field reporters, to evaluate and report on hotels and restaurants. In 1963 AAA adopted a formal rating system that categorized accommodations as Good, Very Good, Excellent or Outstanding. In 1976 AAA introduced its current Diamond Rating System for hotels, using a diamond in honor of the association's 75th anniversary and, from 1985 to 1990, rolled out the Diamond Ratings for restaurants. Today, AAA's professionally trained inspectors continue this practice as they inspect, approve and rate more than 59,000 hotels and restaurants to help ensure travelers have a positive experience. From the early inspection system to today's comprehensive Diamond Rating System, AAA has been committed to helping members select quality establishments appropriately matched to their needs and expectations.
Consumers are looking for properties that offer a total experience rather than just a comfortable room. AAA's comprehensive inspection process makes quality a given for every establishment listed for members. AAA rates more properties than any other rating entity and is the only system that covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is one of only two that conduct physical, on-site evaluations. As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.