By Jim Donovan: AAA Mid-Atlantic has announced that 21 hotels and 11 restaurants throughout the Philadelphia area, New Jersey and Delaware earned a 2013 Five or Four Diamond Award rating during the past 12 months. Of this year’s winners, three of them are brand new to the list: Hotel Monaco, in Old City Philadelphia; Hotel Palomar, in Center City Philadelphia; and Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

The AAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings are the travel authority’s highest designations for hotels and restaurants.

2013 AAA Five Diamond Award recipients in the Philadelphia Area

The Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia (29 year recipient)
The Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia (22 year recipient)
Fountain Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel (19 year recipient)

2013 AAA Four Diamond Award recipients in the Philadelphia Area

Omni Hotel at Independence Park (22 year recipient)
Swann Lounge & Café (19 year recipient)
Hyatt at the Bellevue (18 year recipient)
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse (17 year recipient)
The Westin Philadelphia (13 year recipient)
The Hilton Inn at Penn (12 year recipient)
Sofitel Philadelphia (12 year recipient)
Moshulu (9 year recipient)
XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant (7 year recipient)
Loews Philadelphia Hotel (6 year recipient)
10 Arts Bistro & Lounge by Eric Ripert (4 year recipient)
Le Meridien Philadelphia (3 year recipient)
Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing (2 year recipient)
Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, (1st year recipient)
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, (1st year recipient)
BUCKS COUNTY: The Inn at Bowman’s Hill, New Hope (7 year recipient)
MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Savona, West Conshohocken (14 year recipient)

2013 AAA Four Diamond Award recipients in New Jersey

The Bernards Inn (lodging and restaurant), Bernardsville (17 year recipient)
The Lambertville House, Lambertville (15 year recipient)
Stage Left, New Brunswick (9 year recipient)
Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster (8 year recipient)
Caesars Atlantic City (2 year recipient)
Dolce Basking Ridge (2 year recipient)
Golden Nugget Atlantic City (1st year recipient)

2013 AAA Four Diamond Award recipients in Delaware
The Green Room, Hotel du Pont (28 year recipient)
Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Rehoboth Beach (21 year recipient)
The Hotel du Pont, Wilmington (20 year recipient)
Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Dover (10 year recipient)

Representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry, AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond establishments make up just 3.9 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, of the total 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

AAA Four and Five Diamond hotels are refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes. They offer guests personalized attention and extensive amenities in a luxurious setting. Restaurants at this rating level offer a distinctive fine dining experience. They feature highly creative chefs, complex menus, fresh top-quality ingredients and knowledgeable staff. Collectively visiting some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week, AAA inspectors are in a unique position to identify emerging trends in the hospitality industry.

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