AAA Announces Iowa’s 2006 Four Diamond Award Winners

BURNSVILLE, Minn., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ — AAA Minnesota/Iowa announces that three Iowa lodgings have been awarded AAA’s 2006 Four Diamond Award. The area properties receiving this highly respected industry rating are:

Iowa Lodgings Location Consecutive Years
The Abbey Hotel Bettendorf 13
Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs 8
Hotel Pattee Perry 6

“These Four Diamond winners have obtained and maintained a level of excellence that very few others have achieved,” said Gail Weinholzer, AAA Minnesota/Iowa spokesperson. “They consistently deliver premier experiences, complete with superior personal service, first-class amenities and impressive surroundings.”

These area establishments join a select group of AAA Four Diamond winners. Only 3.4 percent of the more than 32,000 AAA-rated lodgings and just 3 percent of the estimated 25,000 restaurants attain this high level of excellence.

The Four Diamond symbol will be included in each winning lodging’s listing in the 2006 AAA North Central TourBook(R) travel guide. AAA’s more than 48 million members depend upon TourBook guides to assist them with their travel-related decisions.

Each year, more than 65 AAA/CAA tourism editors visit more than 70,000 lodgings, campgrounds, restaurants and attractions throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. During their unannounced evaluations, they scrutinize area such as cleanliness, ambiance, amenities, and service, and assign a rating of one to five diamonds to the qualifying establishments.

AAA began listing lodging information in its travel publications in the early 1900s and officially began rating properties in 1963. It adopted the Diamond rating system in 1977 in celebration of AAA’s 75th anniversary. Restaurant evaluations began in 1986.

AAA offers automotive, travel, insurance and financial services to more than 48 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA Minnesota/Iowa is part of The Auto Club Group, with 4.1 million members in eight Midwest states.

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