Two of Virginia’s Best Added to AAA Four and Five Diamond List

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VIRINIA BEACH, Va. (January 27, 2017) – AAA has unveiled 15 restaurants and 22 hotels in Virginia that have earned the Five or Four Diamond Rating for this year. The Commonwealth has two new additions that have join the prestigious ranks in the past 12 months.

 

Following rigorous evaluations from AAA’s professional inspectors, the following establishment was added as first-time Five Diamond honoree.

The Jefferson Hotel – Richmond, Virginia
AAA Inspector Notes:
This ornate 1895 Beaux-Arts hotel is a historic landmark with striking architectural details, including a Tiffany stained-glass rotunda, a marble statue of Thomas Jefferson and a grand staircase. A small museum tells of the AAA Five Diamond property's storied past and dispels many of the rumors and historic tales associated with the hotel.

The following restaurant was added to the Four Diamond List for this year:

Shagbark Restaurant – Richmond, Virginia

AAA Inspector Notes: Drawing inspiration—and décor—from the shagbark tree, this eatery branches out to area purveyors and farmers, bringing diners an immersive experience with tastes cultivated by the local community. Menu items change with the seasons and are inspired by the South. Slurp back raw oysters, relish hand-crafted pastas or opt for locally-sourced proteins. Meals are served at casually elegant tables in the dining room, on the patio or at the rustic communal table crafted from a tree trunk.

In addition, the following establishments have continued to receive the treasured Five Diamond Rating:

The Inn at Little Washington since 1989                    

The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room since 1988

Virginia lodgings and restaurants receiving the prestigious AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating, and the year they were first recognized, include the following:

                    

Restaurants:   

Restaurant Eve (2012)                          Alexandria

The Old Mill Room (1987)                    Charlottesville

2941 Restaurant (2004)                        Falls Church

L’Auberge Chez Francois &

Jacques’ Brasserie (1992)                     Great Falls

Fossett’s (2015)                                     Keswick

Harrimans (2015)                                   Middleburg

Lemaire (2010)                                       Richmond

Salacia (2006)                                        Virginia Beach

Terrapin (2008)                                       Virginia Beach

Zoe’s (2015)                                           Virginia Beach

L’Auberge Provencale (1991)                White Post

Fat Canary (2004)                                  Williamsburg

The Regency Dining Room (2002)         Williamsburg

 

Lodges:

 

The Martha Washington Inn & Spa (1998)    Abingdon

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City (1990)        Arlington

Boar’s Head (2001)                                     Charlottesville

The Oaks Victorian Inn (1995)                    Christiansburg

Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel &

Conference Center (2004)                          Glen Allen

The Omni Homestead Resort (2004)         Hot Springs

The Tides Inn (2004)                                  Irvington

Keswick Hall and Golf Club (2001)            Keswick

Landsdowne Resort & Spa (1991)            Leesburg

Salamander Resort & Spa (2015)             Middleburg

Page House Bed & Breakfast (1995)        Norfolk

Hyatt Regency Reston(1991)                    Reston

Hilton Richmond Hotel &                           Richmond

Spa/Short Pump(2010)

The Westin Richmond(2009)                     Richmond

Hilton McLean Tysons Corner(2012)        Tysons Corner

The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner(1992)    Tysons Corner

Middleton Inn(1998)                                  Washington

Kingsmill Resort & Spa (1990)                  Williamsburg

Liberty Rose Bed & Breakfast (1994)       Williamsburg

Williamsburg Inn (2002)                           Williamsburg

“Five Diamond establishments represent the highest echelon of hospitality; redefining personalized service, using creativity to enhance guest comfort and providing memorable experiences,” said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections and Diamond Ratings. “Attaining the Five Diamond Rating is an impressive accomplishment and is a point of great pride for these top hotels and restaurants.”

“These leading edge properties are well-positioned to meet the needs of discerning travelers. Their noted attributes include contemporary design trends and the highest quality food and amenities. Personalized, attentive service is foremost, delivered in ways that offer guests inspiring and memorable local experiences,” said Petrone.

Candidates for the Five Diamond Rating undergo multiple unannounced evaluations and a final decision by a panel of experts. Using guidelines weighted by member priorities, inspectors meticulously evaluate guest services and physical attributes to assess the level of competence, refinement and hospitality and assign a corresponding rating of One to Five Diamonds.

 

For more information about Diamond Ratings and the complete lists of Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants, visit AAA.com/DiamondAwards.

About AAA Inspections

For more than 80 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property evaluations. AAA offers the only rating system using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app, the online TripTik Travel Planner mapping and routing tool, searchable online AAA Travel Guides and AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices.

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