VIDEO: State of Florida Home to 155 of AAA’s Highest Rated Hotels in North America

By  //  February 2, 2018

Florida third among states with five Diamond hotels

ABOVE VIDEO: Congratulations to the 121 hotels that have earned the AAA Five Diamond Rating for 2018!

(AAA) — Florida is home to 155 of AAA’s highest rated hotels in North America, according to the latest round of AAA Diamond Ratings.

If you are like many travelers, you probably check ratings and reviews on a hotel before you reserve a room. While there are many rating sites to choose from, AAA’s is the most respected in the hospitality industry.

For more than 80 years, AAA has sent professional inspectors to hotels and restaurants across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Properties are rated on a scale of one to five Diamonds, based on a variety of guidelines for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality.

More Diamonds means higher overall quality, range of facilities and level of services offered by the property. Today, AAA announced this year’s list of hotels and resorts that earned the coveted Four and Five Diamond designations.

“Diamond ratings are an invaluable resource to both travelers and business owners,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, 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 allows hotel managers to make improvements, and helps travelers choose a hotel that fits their needs for any occasion.”

2018 AAA Diamond Rated Property Lists and Links:

Five Diamond Hotels

A total of 121 hotels throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean received the AAA Five Diamond Rating. Ten of those are in Florida.

The Sunshine State is third among states with the greatest number of Five Diamond hotels. The top two are California (16) and New York (11). Click here to view the full list of AAA Five Diamond hotels.

Four Diamond Hotels

A total of 1,676 hotels received the Four Diamond Rating. Florida has 145 Four Diamond hotels, which is second-most, behind California which has 173. Click here to view the full list of AAA Four Diamond hotels.

ABOVE VIDEO:Wondering what is takes to be a AAA hotel inspector? Find out as you follow one on an unannounced evaluation, from the parking lot and outside pool area to check-in, guest rooms and the fitness center. Learn why members are the reason for AAA inspectors and how they influence the way ratings are determined.

Finding Diamond-Rated Properties

To search Diamond Rated properties, go to or download the free AAA Mobile App on your smartphone. You can sort results based on hotels that are pet friendly, have free internet, free breakfast, an airport shuttle, and more.

AAA Members can also use the app to view dining options, request roadside assistance, compare nearby gas prices, and locate retailers that offer member discounts.

Travelers can also find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: 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.

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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.