Two New York City establishments are among the newest members of one of the world’s most elite travel clubs.
The St. Regis New York and Modern restaurant both garnered AAA’s highest “Five Diamond” rating for hotels and restaurants, AAA announced Friday.
Just 120 hotels and 63 restaurants earned AAA’s highest rating over the past year, which the company says represents 0.3 percent of the nearly 59,000 AAA-approved and diamond-ranked restaurants and hotels.
The travel company’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Hotels and restaurants in contention for five diamond ratings are examined multiple times for their “guest services and physical attributes,” says the company.
“Five Diamond establishments represent the upper echelon of hospitality, redefining personalized service, using creativity to enhance guest comfort and providing memorable experiences,” says Michael Petrone, director of AAA Inspections and Diamond Ratings, in a press release.
In addition to Modern and the St. Regis, the newest members of this elite list are: Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, Hawaii; The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia; Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico; Spice Island Beach Resort in St. George’s, Grenada; and Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City.
Among existing members of the Five Diamond club, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is the only hotel that’s kept its Five Diamond Rating since 1976, when the ratings were first announced for hotels.
The Inn at Little Washington’s restaurant in Washington, Virginia is the longest tenured Five Diamond restaurant. It’s kept its Five Diamond rating since 1988.
Click through the gallery to see what impressed AAA inspectors about the seven newest additions to the Five Diamond list.