22 Michigan Lodgings and Restaurants Awarded 2005 AAA Four Diamond Rating

DEARBORN, Mich., April 6 /PRNewswire/ — Visitors to Michigan will find no shortage of world-class dining and lodging facilities in 2005. Twenty-two Michigan properties earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award(R) for hospitality excellence this year, and one restaurant — The 1913 Room at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids — earned Five Diamonds for a third consecutive year.

The 1913 Room is the first restaurant in Michigan to attain Five-Diamond status and is one of only 46 restaurants nationwide to earn the distinction.

Nine restaurants and 13 lodging establishments in Michigan now carry the Four-Diamond rating. One Metro Detroit-area hotel and a Grand Rapids restaurant are first-time winners this year — The Radisson Hotel Detroit – Bloomfield Hills in Bloomfield Hills, and Cygnus in Grand Rapids.

In 2005, only 3.3 percent of the 32,000 AAA Rated(R) lodgings and 3.1 percent of the 23,000 restaurants earned the prestigious AAA/CAA Four Diamond designation.

AAA’s more than 48 million members rely on diamond ratings in the AAA TourBook(R) guide to assist them in choosing an establishment.

More than 65 AAA/CAA tourism editors visit over 70,000 lodgings, campgrounds, restaurants, and attractions each year throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Tourism editors conduct unannounced evaluations of lodgings and restaurants, scrutinizing such areas as cleanliness, ambiance, amenities, and service.

According to AAA guidelines, guests staying at a Four Diamond property in Michigan will find establishments “upscale in design and amenities, attentive to detail and with a high level of hospitality.”

Michigan establishments receiving 2005 Four Diamond awards include:

HOTELS

— Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (Grand Rapids, 20 consecutive years)
— The Townsend Hotel (Birmingham, 17 years)
— Ritz-Carlton of Dearborn (Dearborn, 16 years)
— The Atheneum Suite Hotel (Detroit, 12 years)
— Radisson Plaza at Kalamazoo Center (Kalamazoo, 12 years)
— Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, 11 years)
— Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (Mount Pleasant, 7 years)
— Hyatt Regency Dearborn (Dearborn, 3 years)
— Omni Detroit River Place (Detroit, 3 years)
— Westin Hotel Southfield (Southfield, 3 years)
— Westin Detroit Metro Airport (Romulus, 2 years)
— The Dearborn Inn (Dearborn, 2 years)
— Radisson Hotel Detroit (Bloomfield Hills, 1 year)

RESTAURANTS

— The Lark Restaurant (West Bloomfield, 15 consecutive years)
— Webster’s (Kalamazoo, 12 years)
— Tribute (Farmington Hills, 8 years)
— Iridescence (Detroit, 4 years)
— Rugby Grille (Birmingham, 4 years)
— The Grill at the Ritz-Carlton (Dearborn, 3 years)
— Cafe Cortina (Farmington Hills, 2 years)
— Il Posto Ristorante (Southfield, 2 years)
— Cygnus (Grand Rapids, 1 year)

Diamond ratings will be included for each lodging and restaurant listed in the 2005 AAA Michigan/Wisconsin TourBook(R) — one of a series of popular travel guides published for AAA members in the U.S. and Canada. AAA Michigan members can access the Auto Club’s online TourBook(R) at http://www.aaa.com/ .

AAA has included lodging information in its travel publications since the early 1900s. The association began rating lodging properties in 1963 and adopted the diamond designation in 1977. Restaurant evaluations began in 1986.

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