Local hotel among best in state

AAA of Michigan officially announced its 2020 award-winning hotels and restaurants that have earned the coveted Four Diamond Designation during the past 12 months. Awards were presented today at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids during the AAA Four Diamond Awards luncheon at the Pure Michigan’s Governors Conference on Tourism.

Taking part in the presentation were Randy Williams, Vice President of Michigan Insurance Reform, AAA-The Auto Club Group and Jeff Henle, Field Vice President, Michigan Operations, AAA-The Auto Club Group, along with guest MCs from News/Talk 760 WJR, Radio Show Host Guy Gordon and Ann Thomas, Executive Producer and Radio Show Host.

In January, AAA unveiled a contemporized version of its highly acclaimed AAA Diamond Program, modernized to meet the needs of today’s travelers. A new Diamond designation reflecting AAA’s professional inspector reviews using updated guidelines sets the program apart from services that rely on unverified hotel and restaurant ratings.

This year’s AAA Four Diamond awards include 19 hotels and four restaurants in Michigan, including two new hotels and one new restaurant.  They are:

2020 FOUR DIAMOND HOTELS (19)
BATTLE CREEK
Firekeepers Casino Hotel (2015)

BIRMINGHAM
The Townsend Hotel (1988)

DEARBORN
The Henry, Autograph Collection (1989)

DETROIT
Greektown Casino-Hotel (2016)
MGM Grand Detroit (2008)
MotorCity Casino Hotel (2009)

Shinola Hotel (2019)*
The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit (2010)

GRAND RAPIDS
Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton (1995)
JW Marriott Grand Rapids (2007)

KALAMAZOO
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites (2012)

MACKINAC ISLAND
Grand Hotel (1994)

MIDLAND
The H Hotel, A Dolce Hotel (2013)

NEW BUFFALO
Four Winds Casino Hotel (2017)

PLYMOUTH
The Inn at St. John’s (2011)

ROCHESTER
Royal Park Hotel (2006)

ROMULUS
The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport (2003)

ST. JOSEPH 
The Inn at Harbor Shores (2019)*

WALLOON LAKE
Hotel Walloon (2016)

2020 FOUR DIAMOND RESTAURANTS (4)

BIRMINGHAM
Rugby Grille (2001)

DETROIT
BESA Detroit (2019)*
Iridescence Restaurant (2001)

FARMINGTON HILLS
Café Cortina (2003)

The year next to the property name indicates the first year it received a current, consecutively maintained Diamond designation.
*Indicates establishments new to the list in 2019.

Four Diamond hotel is refined and stylish, providing upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.  A Four Diamond restaurant provides distinctive fine-dining, creatively prepared and skillfully served, often with a wine steward, amid upscale ambience.

“Diamond designations are an invaluable resource to travelers,” said Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Since annual inspections are unannounced, our inspectors get the truest representation of the traveler experience at each property. Our unbiased review helps travelers choose a hotel or restaurant that fits their needs for any occasion.”

For more than 80 years, AAA has conducted professional, in-person property inspections and published the results for member travelers:

  • Hotels and restaurants must meet AAA’s high standards of cleanliness, comfort and hospitality to be part of the esteemed AAA Diamond Program, then they are assigned a designation of either Approved, Three Diamond, Four Diamond or Five Diamond.
  • AAA’s inspectors evaluate some 60,000 properties in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, including nearly 27,000 hotels and more than 30,000 restaurants.
  • 2,401 establishments (1,718 hotels and 683 restaurants) received the Four Diamond Designation.

 

About the AAA Diamond Program
For more than 80 years, AAA’s professional inspectors have conducted in-person property evaluations. AAA is the only entity using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. AAA’s inventory includes some 60,000 Diamond hotels and restaurants across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Travelers can find AAA Diamond hotels and restaurants and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: AAA Mobile app, AAA Travel Guides, TripTik Travel Planner and the AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices. For more information, visit AAA.com/Diamonds.

AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary – A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, banking, financial services, and travel offerings to over 13.5 million members across 13 U.S. states, the province of Quebec and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 60 million members in the United States and Canada whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. Visit AAA on the Internet at AAA.com.

 

 

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