(Courtesy AAA-Utah)

AAA Utah is proud to announce that the Stein Eriksen Lodge and The Grand America Hotel have once again made AAA's exclusive list of Five Diamond Award recipients.
The AAA Five Diamond Award, the travel authority's highest rating for hotels and restaurants, is awarded to establishments that provide the most discriminating travelers with luxurious accommodations and upscale dining options.
The Stein Eriksen Lodge has received the AAA Five Diamond Rating for the past nine years. The Grand America Hotel has been honored for the past seven years. These exclusive lodging facilities enhance the Utah travel experience by providing a luxurious option to those visiting the state.

“The economy presented various challenges for the hospitality industry this year,” said AAA Utah spokesperson Rolayne Fairclough. “To maintain the highest level of hospitality during these difficult economic times is remarkable, and makes these recipients all the more deserving.”

A visitor to a Five Diamond establishment can expect the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Physical attributes will be extraordinary and service is designed to exceed guests’ expectations.

AAA’s Diamond Rating System covers all of North America and is the only system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis. AAA’s inspectors evaluate and rate more than 58,000 lodgings and restaurants each year, more than any other rating entity. The inspectors average over 1,100 property evaluations per year and have a combined total of 700 years experience.

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AAA Utah offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to more than 175,000 members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 100 years ago.

UPDATE: According to AAA, the St. Regis-Deer Crest is a new Four Diamond hotel and if the reviews indicate, it could be brought to the Five Diamond Selection committee's attention for next year.