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AAA Five-Diamond Hotels & Resorts 2012

Lodging Award Winners Listing

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AAA Five-Diamond Hotels & Resorts 2012

Entrance to Ocean House, a new AAA Five Diamond Hotel that is located in Rhode Island on the Atlantic Ocean.

© Susan Breslow Sardone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Glittering prizes of the hospitality world, AAA (American Automobile Association) Five-Diamond Hotels represent the best of the best. In 2012, as in previous years, there were winners and losers.

See Current Winners

Among the seven new hotels were several we personally inspected -- and we couldn't agree more that Rhode Island's Ocean House and The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto deserve the honor. On the loser column were two Florida Ritz-Carlton properties, those in Palm Beach and Miami's Coconut Grove. Yet given the number of Ritz-Carton hotels to make this list year, we won't be surprised to see their number increase next year.

AAA limits its hotel inspections to the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico. If that's where you're destined to go on your honeymoon or romantic getaway, know that these 2012 Five-Diamond Hotel award winners meet the highest standards for hospitality, service, and accommodations:

ARIZONA

The Phoenician - Scottsdale
The Canyon Suites at the Phoenician - Scottsdale
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa - Scottsdale
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

CALIFORNIA
The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
Château du Sureau - Oakhurst
L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Four Seasons Biltmore - Santa Barbara
The Grand Del Mar
Island Hotel Newport Beach
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Lodge at Torrey Pines
Montage Beverly Hills - new this year
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort - Carlsbad
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Pelican Hill Resort
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel - Dana Point
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe - new this year
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Simpson House Inn - Santa Barbara
St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach - Dana Point

COLORADO
The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs
The Little Nell - Aspen
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch - Beaver Creek
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

CONNECTICUT
The Mayflower Inn & Spa - Washington
Winvian - Morris

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC

FLORIDA
Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach - Sunny Isles
The Breakers - Palm Beach
Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

GEORGIA
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
The St. Regis Atlanta Hotel
The Lodge at Sea Island - St Simons Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

HAWAII
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu - Kailua-Kona
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

ILLINOIS
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
The Peninsula Chicago
Elysian - reflagged as the Waldorf=Astoria Chicago
Trump International Hotel

MASSACHUSETTS
Four Seasons Hotel Boston
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

MISSOURI
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

NEVADA
Aria Resort & Casino
Aria Sky Suites new this year
Bellagio
Encore Las Vegas
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
Skylofts at the MGM Grand Hotel
The Venetian
Wynn Las Vegas

NEW MEXICO
Encantado, an Auberge Resort

NEW YORK
Four Seasons Hotel New York
Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York
The Peninsula New York
The Pierre New York - A Taj Hotel
The Plaza Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
Trump International Hotel & Tower

NORTH CAROLINA
Umstead Hotel & Spa - Cary
The Fearrington House Inn
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

OHIO
Inn Walden - Aurora

PENNSYLVANIA
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
The Rittenhouse Hotel - Philadelphia

RHODE ISLAND
Ocean House - new this year

SOUTH CAROLINA
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff - new this year
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Woodlands Inn - Summerville

TENNESSEE
The Hermitage Hotel - Nashville

TEXAS
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Four Seasons Resort & Club - Irving
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek - Dallas
The St. Regis Houston new this year

UTAH
Grand America Hotel - Salt Lake City
Stein Eriksen Lodge - Park City

VIRGINIA
The Jefferson Hotel - Richmond
The Inn at Little Washington

WEST VIRGINIA
The Greenbrier - White Sulphur Springs

WISCONSIN
The American Club - Kohler

WYOMING
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

C A N A D A

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Four Seasons Resort Whistler

ONTARIO
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto - new this year

C A R I B B E A N

ANTIGUA
Jumby Bay - new this year

BARBADOS
Sandy Lane Hotel

CAYMAN ISLANDS
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

DOMINCAN REPUBLIC
Tortuga Bay Punta Cana Resort & Club

JAMAICA
The Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall (under new ownership)

ST. LUCIA
Jade Mountain Resort

M E X I C O
Fairmont Mayakoba
Le Blanc Spa Resort - Cancun
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. - Mexico City
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort - Nuevo Vallarta
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort - Riviera Maya
Las Ventanas al Paraiso - San José del Cabo
Rosewood Mayakoba
The Ritz Carlton, Cancun
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Resort - Riviera Maya

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