AAA Announces Minnesota’s 2006 Four Diamond Award Winners

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ — The AAA Clubs of Minnesota announce that eight Minnesota lodgings and one restaurant have been awarded AAA’s 2006 Four Diamond Award. The area properties and restaurants receiving this highly respected industry rating are:

Minnesota Lodgings Location Consecutive Years
Fitger’s Inn Duluth 9
The Grand Hotel Minneapolis Minneapolis 4
Grave’s 601 Hotel Minneapolis 1
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Minneapolis 2
The Marquette Hotel Minneapolis 2
Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis Minneapolis 3
The Saint Paul Hotel St. Paul 23
Sofitel Minneapolis Bloomington 23

Minnesota Restaurant Location Consecutive Years
Cosmos Minneapolis 1

“These Four Diamond winners have obtained and maintained a level of excellence that very few others have achieved,” said Dawn Duffy, AAA 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 establishment’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. AAA Minneapolis serves more than 175,000 members in Hennepin County.

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