AAA reveals its coveted 5 Five Diamond Award hotels for 2017

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On Jan. 26, the AAA announced that 120 hotels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean would be honored with the prestigious Five Diamond designation.

Only 0.3 percent of all 'approved' hotels and restaurants that AAA examines receive this coveted award.

This year, six hotels were added to the list. The tradition began 80 years ago, with professionals conducting unannounced, in-person evaluations to determine the best-of-the-best from nearly 28,000 eligible properties.

Just because a hotel is a celebrity favorite since 1904 doesn't automatically guarantee it 5 Diamond status. The St. Regis New York in NYC has been beloved over the years by the rich and famous thanks to its exquisitely themed rooms like the Tiffany Suite and status as the inventor of the Bloody Mary. However, it was not until last year that the sister hotel to the Waldorf Astoria joined the list. Now, it shares the award with just nine other New York properties, including two Trump NYC estates.The president-elect's family has four 5 Diamond hotels; Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto, Trump International Hotel and Tower New York, Trump SoHo New York and Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago.

Many regions of the country are absent from the list. Only 20 states and Washington, D.C., made it. California plays host the most 5 Diamond resorts with 17. Florida comes in second with 11.

Click below to see the hotels to see if your state has one of the hotels and start playing tourist without hopping on a plane.

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AAA reveals its 5 Diamond hotels for 2017

Arizona

MARANA

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain (2015)*

SCOTTSDALE

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (1991)

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (2001)

The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection

Resort, Scottsdale (2007)

The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale (2004)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

California

BEVERLY HILLS

The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows (2008)*

The Peninsula Beverly Hills (1993)

Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills (2001)

CARLSBAD

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1999)

DANA POINT

Monarch Beach Resort (2007)

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (1986)

LA JOLLA

The Lodge at Torrey Pines (2002)

LAGUNA BEACH

Montage Laguna Beach (2012)

MONTECITO

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara (2005)

NEWPORT BEACH

The Resort at Pelican Hill (2009)

OAKHURST

Château du Sureau (2013)

OJAI

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (2006)

RANCHO SANTA FE

Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa (2014)

SAN DIEGO

Fairmont Grand Del Mar (2009)

SAN FRANCISCO

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco (1994)

TRUCKEE

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe (2011)

WESTLAKE VILLAGE

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village (2008)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Montage Laguna Beach

Colorado

ASPEN

The Little Nell (1991)*

COLORADO SPRINGS

The Broadmoor (1976)

DENVER

Four Seasons Hotel Denver (2014)

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver (2010)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: The Little Nell

New York

NEW YORK

Four Seasons Hotel New York (1994)*

Mandarin Oriental, New York (2005)

Park Hyatt New York (2015)

The Peninsula New York (1999)

The Pierre New York-A Taj Hotel (2009)

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park (2002)

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park (2002)

The St. Regis New York (2016)

Trump International Hotel & Tower (2010)

Trump SoHo® New York (2012)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: St. Regis

Connecticut

MORRIS

Winvian (2010)*

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Winvian

Florida

BAL HARBOUR

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (2012)*

FERNANDINA BEACH

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (2012)

FORT LAUDERDALE

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale (2009)

LAKE BUENA VISTA

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Resort (2014)

MANALAPAN

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (2008)

MIAMI

Four Seasons Hotel Miami (2006)

NAPLES

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (1987)

PALM BEACH

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach (2009)

The Breakers, Palm Beach (1996)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (2002)

SUNNY ISLES BEACH

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach (2009)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

District of Columbia

WASHINGTON

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. (1989)

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington DC (2004)

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. (2001)*

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

Georgia

ATLANTA

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta (1999)*

St. Regis Atlanta Hotel & Residences (2010)

GREENSBORO

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee (2006)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND

The Lodge at Sea Island (2001)

SEA ISLAND

The Cloister (2015)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Illinois

CHICAGO

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (1990)*

The Langham, Chicago (2014)

The Peninsula Chicago (2002)

Trump International Hotel & Tower (2010)

Waldorf Astoria Chicago (2010)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Massachusetts

BOSTON

Four Seasons Hotel Boston (1988)*

Mandarin Oriental Boston (2009)

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston (2010)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Boston

Nevada

LAS VEGAS

ARIA Resort & Casino (2010)*

ARIA Sky Suites (2011)

Bellagio (2001)

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (1999)

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas (2010)

SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand (2006)

Wynn Tower Suites (2013)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: ARIA Sky Suites

Hawaii

KAPALUA (MAUI)*

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (1996)

KAUPULEHU (HAWAII)

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (1998)

LANAI CITY (MAUI)

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i (2016)*

WAILEA (MAUI)

Four SeasonsResort Maui at Wailea (1991)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

North Carolina

CARY

The Umstead Hotel & Spa (2007)*

CHARLOTTE

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte (2010)

FEARRINGTON VILLAGE

The Fearrington House Inn (1994)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: The Fearrington House Inn

Pennsylvania

FARMINGTON

Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (2006)*

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Facebook

Rhode Island

WATCH HILL

Ocean House (2011)*

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Ocean House

South Carolina

BLUFFTON

Montage Palmetto Bluff (2011)*

KIAWAH ISLAND

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (2006)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Montage Palmetto Bluff

Tennessee

NASHVILLE

The Hermitage Hotel (2003)*

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: The Hermitage Hotel

Utah

PARK CITY

Montage Deer Valley (2013)*

St. Regis Deer Valley (2015)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Montage Deer Valley

Virginia

RICHMOND

The Jefferson Hotel (2016)*

WASHINGTON

The Inn at Little Washington (1989)

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: The Jefferson Hotel

Wisconsin

KOHLER

The American Club (1985)*

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: The American Club

Wyoming

TETON VILLAGE

Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole (2006)*

* indicates year establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.

Photo: Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole

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