AAA Inspections and Diamond Ratings

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Behind the nearly 59,000 AAA Inspected & Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants is a team of professional, highly trained AAA inspectors. And behind every inspector are the travel information needs and expectations of 58 million AAA/CAA members.
MEMBERS are the reason for AAA inspections — so the places you select provide the experiences you expect.
INSPECTORS are industry experts who apply the extensive Diamond Rating Guidelines, weighted by member priorities, to assign ratings of One to Five AAA Diamonds.
HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS that undergo the extensive review to become AAA Approved and Diamond Rated place a high value on AAA/CAA member business.
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Diamond Awards
Each year, AAA announces all hotels and restaurants across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean that received the Four or Five Diamond Rating during the previous year. See below for a peek at some of our newest honorees, followed by the complete 2018 lists.
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Diamond Rating Articles

Festive Holiday Diamonds

Discover 12 of AAA inspectors’ favorite Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants offering holiday cheer....Read More

123 Diamonds

Enjoy a sampling of One, Two and Three Diamond hotels and restaurants at the top of their rating level....Read More

Diamonds for Summer

Discover AAA inspectors’ favorite places to stay and dine in this year’s top 10 destinations for summer travel....Read More

Meet the Experts

Get to know the professionals working behind the scenes and in the field to provide information and insight you can trust. Check out or inspector and travel editor photos and bios...Read More

Inspector Shadows

Curious what it's like to be a AAA inspector? Hear what reporters and bloggers have to say as they follow along on real hotel and restaurant inspections. Learn why these seasoned road warriors say...Read More

Inspection Videos

Take five, break out the popcorn and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how AAA inspections are conducted. Follow along on an actual evaluation to see what inspectors expect and look for on the job. View Playlist

Inspections History

Step back more than 80 years to 1937, when AAA hired its first team of professional field inspectors. These dedicated road warriors traveled America's roadways for the sole purpose of gathering first-hand, unbiased information about travel establishments and publishing the results for members...Read More