Two Utah hotels maintained their elite standing with AAA Travel, while three new properties in the state were added to the second-tier list published annually by the nation's largest travel organization.
The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City and Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City once again received "Five Diamond" status from AAA Travel, the organization's highest ranking. This is the seventh time Stein Eriksen received the designation, the fifth for The Grand America.
"Utah's Five Diamond award winners truly represent the best of the hospitality industry," said Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Utah spokesperson. "They are repeat winners, which prove their dedication to continuing a tradition of excellence."
"Four Diamond" awards were granted to 15 other Utah lodging establishments and 10 restaurants. New to the list this year are Zermatt Resort and Spa in Midway, Goldener Hirsch Inn in Park City and The Paris restaurant in Salt Lake City.
"To earn a Four Diamond award, lodgings must be upscale in all areas and offer guests a wide range of amenities," Fairclough added. "Restaurants must feature a distinctive fine-dining experience, outstanding service and creative and complex menus."
Utah restaurants that retained their positions on AAA's Four Diamond list are the Blue Boar Inn Restaurant in Midway, Grappa Italian Restaurant, Goldener Hirsch Restaurant and The Glitretind in Park City, The Tree Room Restaurant at Sundance and LaCaille, Metropolitan, Log Haven and Bambara in Salt Lake City.
Lodging establishments who repeated from last year are Green Valley Spa and Resort in St. George; Sunflower Hill Luxury Inn and Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa in Moab; Blue Boar Inn, Invited Inn, Johnson Mill Bed and Breakfast in Midway; Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Hotel Park City; and Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Hotel Monaco, Marriott Downtown, Marriott Salt Lake City Center and Little America Hotel.