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January 27, 2017
AAA Recognizes Iowa Four Diamond Hotels
BURNSVILLE, Mn, (Jan. 27, 2017) – AAA’s undercover inspectors were at it again, making surprise visits to hotels and restaurants throughout North America. They rated everything from service to cleanliness and beyond. Establishments were then ranked on a scale of One to Five Diamonds, and now AAA is releasing the lists of the top-rated properties.
  • The Hotel at Kirkwood Center (2011) Cedar Rapids
  • Ameristar Casino Hotel (1998) Council Bluffs
  • Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection (2012) Davenport
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City (2015) Sioux City
2017 AAA Diamond Rated Property Lists and links:

 “AAA Diamonds are the most reliable and respected ratings in the industry,” said Joseph J Richardson Jr., President and CEO, AAA – the Auto Club Group. “Travelers can depend on Diamond Ratings, because AAA personally inspects more properties than any other professional rating system in North America and is the only one that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect properties on an annual basis.”

Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app, the Diamonds website, online TripTik Travel Planner mapping and routing tool, searchable online AAA Travel Guides and AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices.
To be AAA Approved:

  • Properties must pass an unannounced, on-site evaluation. Hotels must provide acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality; and restaurants must meet requirements for cleanliness, food preparation and service.
  • During on-site evaluations, inspectors check everything including lobby décor and guestroom bedding at hotels, to food presentation and service attributes at restaurants.
  • Inspectors follow AAA’s comprehensive, published Approval Requirements & Diamond Rating Guidelines for Hotels and Restaurants, which are periodically updated to reflect current member priorities and industry trends.
  • After an establishment is “Approved”, the AAA inspector reviews an extensive list of attributes to determine the appropriate rating level, on a scale of One to Five Diamonds, based on the extensiveness of services, facilities and amenities.
    AAA rates more properties than any other professional rating entity
  • Inspections are made at properties throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
  • Nearly 59,000 establishments are AAA Approved (nearly 28,000 hotels and more than 31,000 restaurants).
  • 183 establishments received the AAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months.
  • 2,280 establishments (1,615 hotels and 665 restaurants) received the Four Diamond Rating.


Gail Weinholzer
phone: 952.707.4985
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

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