Long before there were passenger planes or internet-opinion sites for hotels and restaurants, there was the American Automobile Association, better known by generations before us as AAA. This year marks the 111th anniversary of the travel club, and the 77th anniversary of the group's highly coveted diamond ratings for restaurants and 37th year for hotels. On Thursday (Jan 17, 2013), AAA released its five and four-star ratings for hotels and restaurants around the country. Colorado stood out as a winner once again.
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the only hotel that has maintained the five-diamond rating for 37-consecutive years – since 1976 when AAA first introduced the Diamond Ratings for accommodations. Less than one-third of one percent make the AAA Five Diamond list, much less for 37 years.
“The Broadmoor is pleased and proud to receive AAA’s highest recognition, the Five-Diamond Award, for the 37th consecutive year,” says The Broadmoor’s President and CEO Steve Bartolin. “The key to our continued success is simple: it is our outstanding staff. It is their dedication and unfailing attention to our guests is what allows that to happen.”
Three of The Broadmoor's restaurants also gained another year of diamond ratings: Penrose Room, five diamonds since 2007; Charles Court, four diamonds since 1994, and The Summit, four diamonds since 2007.
“Penrose Room’s Five-Diamond achievement could not have been realized without the entire Penrose team’s dedication and unique passion for excellence. We are proud to once again be recognized by one of the hospitality industry’s finest partners,” says C.W. Craig Reed, the Broadmoor's food and beverage director.
“AAA Five Diamond hotels offer guests a meticulous degree of personalized attention and extensive amenities in a luxurious setting, and Five Diamond restaurants feature world-class service and imaginative menus using the finest ingredients,” said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Tourism Information Development. “These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector — and AAA is pleased to recognize them with a Five Diamond Rating.”
Other Colorado establishments that were recognized by AAA for four diamonds and have both a long and more recent history include:
Boulder, Flagstaff House (1989)
Denver, Palace Arms, Brown Hotel (1989)
Keystone, Keystone Ranch Restaurant (1990)
Keystone, Alpenglow Stube (1993)
Beaver Creek, Grouse Mountain Grill (1997)
Denver, Restaurant Kevin Taylor (1999)
Manitou Springs, Cliff House Dining Room (2001)
Beaver Creek, Mirabelle at Beaver Creek (2003)
Aspen, Syzygy (2003)
Vail, Kelly Liken (2006)
Denver, Rioja (2008)
Boulder, Frasca (2008)
Beaver Creek, Spago (2009)
Beaver Creek, Splendido at the Chateau (2009)
Denver, Colt & Gray (2010)
Denver, Mizuna (2010)
Denver, Panzano (2010)
Telluride, Rev. Restaurant at Hotel Madeline (2011)
Denver, Edge Restaurant & Bar, Four Seasons (2011)
Aspen, Chef's Club by Food & Wine (2012)
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