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10 of AAA Inspectors' Favorite Hotels in the U.S.

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September 28, 2022
AAA Inspectors evaluate hotels year-round to determine Diamond-designations and to ensure that hotels are clean. They use a technology called ATP surface testing. The CDC recognizes ATP as an objective way to measure cleanliness, and it’s how we know that all AAA Diamond-designated hotels are Inspected Clean.
AAA is a trusted source in travel, and with 26,000 evaluations annually, AAA inspectors are experts in travel and hotels. Check out this list of some of the inspectors’ favorite hotels in top destinations across the U.S.
AAA/Inspector 591

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

Orlando, Florida
AAA Inspector 591: If it weren't for all of the activities and attractions, I would be tempted to stay planted in my cozy room.
Aloha! With its tropical gardens, towering palms and soothing water features, the South Pacific-themed hotel exudes an island ambience. The inviting rooms are designed with gray hues and cozy bedding. A small man-made beach, an island pool setting and numerous Polynesian designed public areas are great for gathering or relaxing in between activities. The lobby overlooks a serenity garden complete with a shimmering pool and spewing fountains. A boat offers transportation to Universal theme parks as well as City Walk, Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay Hotel, and Sapphire Falls Resort.
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JW Marriott Anaheim Resort

JW Marriott Anaheim Resort

Anaheim, California
AAA Inspector 598: This hotel resonates with me due to its aesthetics, including works from local artists and a sustainable garden.
This spacious hotel has an upscale design, a sustainable garden and a rooftop bar perfect for watching the Disneyland fireworks. Rooms provide plenty of space to relax after work or play.
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The St. Regis New York

New York, New York
AAA Inspector 592: The history of New York literally pours forth here, and it is a must see kind of place even if just for a cocktail at the iconic lounge.
A New York landmark since 1904, this extraordinary property offers style at a grand level. When combined with contemporary luxury and attentive services, it’s in a rarefied, supreme class altogether. This historic hotel was built by John Jacob Astor IV as a sister property to the Waldorf Astoria, just a few years before Astor went down with the Titanic. Today, guests can enjoy unlimited use of the private on-site health club and the sublime King Cole Bar is pure New York classic. Prime Fifth Avenue shopping is a few steps around the corner. The hotel offers a variety of uniquely noble experiences, including learning the art of sabrage, the French tradition of opening a champagne bottle with a sabre sword.
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ARIA Sky Suites

Las Vegas, Nevada
AAA Inspector 39: This is my place for "rock star treatment," including complimentary limo rides to and from the airport, private lobby entrance and amazing suites.
The pampering begins with a complimentary limo ride from the airport to a private drive where each guest is greeted by name. Feel free to enjoy complimentary refreshments in the lobby lounge. You can choose from varied-size suites all the way up to a two-story villa that comes standard with a butler. The suites are on the 25th floor and up, giving each room panoramic views of the bustling city of lights.
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The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

Honolulu, Hawaii
AAA Inspector 569: These upscale, residential-style condo units give me comforts of home like a kitchen, washer and dryer. Plus, I have a private lanai!
Luxury awaits at this property in the heart of Waikiki. After a day on the silky ocean waters or at the spa, enjoy the upscale guest bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and walk-in showers. Guests can soak up the sun at one of two pool areas or visit the spacious exercise room.
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The Envoy Hotel, Autograph Collection

Boston, Massachusetts
AAA Inspector 87: The rooms are gorgeous and the harbor views are delightful from both the guest rooms and the rooftop bar.
A trendy hi-tech design and a rooftop bar with stellar Boston Harbor and skyline views make this hotel a favorite hotspot. The inspiring rainfall showers will pamper you. Located in the Innovation District bordering the Seaport District, the property is upscale and hip. Guests love the lobby's interactive game table, which also displays the weather, popular eateries and local news.
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AAA/Inspector 40

SOPHY - Hyde Park Hotel, a Preferred Hotel

Chicago, Illinois
AAA Inspector 40: Even with all of the upscale design features throughout, it's the large, colorful paintings that capture my interest.
Upon arrival you will quickly notice the lavish artwork, painted by local artists, displayed throughout the hotel. Every room is large and offers upscale bedding, hardwood floors and oversize showers.
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InterContinental New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana
AAA Inspector 628: Location is a plus, especially for parade goers! During Mardi Gras time, guests can enjoy viewing iconic parades just out the front door of the hotel.
The luxury hotel is on the streetcar line and its downtown location is not too far from the French Quarter and other area attractions, such as the Superdome. The upscale rooms have a luxurious vibe. The charging tower at the desk is perfect for getting all of your electronics charged up.
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The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton

Portland, Oregon
AAA Inspector 519: I find myself just wanting to sit and reflect on the elegant craftsmanship and architectural details of this must-see lobby.
This landmark hotel in the heart of the city offers many upscale appointments. Most guest rooms have pillow-top or memory-foam mattresses and a few have custom-made 8-foot king-size beds. Ornate, molded-plaster ceilings, Austrian crystal chandeliers, Italian marble floors and Circassian walnut woodwork from Russia are among the standout decorative elements of this 1912 hotel.
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