CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2016) – AAA Carolinas honored 10 hotels and two restaurants at the AAA Four Diamond Awards for Western North Carolina during a ceremony at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Four Diamond hotels in Western North Carolina, listed with the number of years won include:
- ASHEVILLE – Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast (3 years), 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage (6 years), Biltmore Village Inn (6 years), Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park (7 years), 1900 Inn on Montford (8 years), Grand Bohemian Hotel, Autograph Collection (8 years), Albemarle Inn (14 years), Inn on Biltmore Estate (16 years) and The Omni Grove Park Inn (16 years)
- CASHIERS – Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake (24 years)
Four Diamond restaurants in Western North Carolina, listed with the number of years won, include:
- ASHEVILLE – Vue 1913 An American Brasserie (3 years)
- BOONE – Gamekeeper Restaurant & Bar (10 years)
"AAA's requirements for a Four Diamond rating are scrupulous, and those achieving this status are among the finest hotels and restaurants in the country," said Dave Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. "Less than 4 percent of annual inspections conducted nationally result in a Four Diamond rating."
AAA gives the Four Diamond Awards annually to qualified hotels and restaurants in North America. AAA's Diamond Rating is one of the few hotel appraisal systems that rely on physical on-site evaluations. AAA's inspection team members assess each of the eligible properties based on comfort, cleanliness, security and offered services and amenities. Each hotel is then awarded a Diamond Rating between one and five, with five being the best.
Lodgings include several classifications, such as bed and breakfast, hotel, cottage and country inn with four sub-classifications such as historic, classic, resort and casino. Restaurants have varying cuisines and ambiances, with more than 100 different categories.
Each restaurant and lodging that receives any level of diamond rating from AAA is listed in AAA's TourBooks, which are distributed for free to any of the organization's 55 million members nationwide.
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Photos of each award recipient are available upon request.