CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2018)- AAA Carolinas honored four hotels and one restaurant at the AAA Four Diamond Awards for the Charlotte area during a ceremony at The McNinch House on January 12, 2018.

The McNinch House hosted an intimate luncheon for all of the Charlotte recipients. They served a delicious four-course meal in the beautiful setting of their historic house dining room.

Four Diamond hotels in Charlotte, listed with the number of years won, include:

  • Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark (7 years)
  • The Duke Mansion (13 years)
  • The Ballantyne Hotel (15 years)​
  • Marriott Charlotte SouthPark (29 years)

The only Four Diamond restaurant in Charlotte, listed with the number of years won, is:

  • McNich House (21 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 the state. A total of 31 hotels and 12 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.

AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.1 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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