CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2017)- AAA Carolinas honored six hotels and one restaurant at the AAA Four Diamond Awards for the Charlotte area during a ceremony Friday, January 6 at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.
Four Diamond properties in Charlotte, listed with the number of years won, include:
- Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark (6 years)
- Hilton Charlotte Center City (10 years)
- The Duke Mansion (12 years)
- The Westin Charlotte (13 years)
- The Ballantyne Hotel (14 years)
- The McNich House (20 years)
- Marriott Charlotte SouthPark (28 years)
"AAA's requirements for a Four Diamond rating are scrupulous, and those that achieve this honor are among the finest hotels and restaurants in the world," said Dave Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. "Only 3.4 percent of the more than 59,000 annual inspections conducted nationally result in a Four Diamond rating."
The AAA Four Diamond Awards are given out in three separate ceremonies around state. A total of 32 hotels and 11 restaurants throughout North Carolina have achieved this rating.
AAA gives the Four Diamond Awards annually to qualified hotels and restaurants in North America. More than 2,000 properties nationally earn the Four Diamond ratings after specially trained evaluators conduct anonymous overnight stays or dine incognito.
Lodgings include eight different 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 53 million members nationwide.
Photos from the event are available upon request.
AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2 million members and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.
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