Best of One, Two, and Three Diamond Awards
AAA names the "Best Of" one-, two-, and three-diamond hotels & restaurants 

Each year, AAA inspectors review more than 59,000 hotels and restaurants across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean to ensure those establishments meet AAA’s quality standards. AAA’s new “Best Of” designation gives travelers another way to find great options that suit various trips and budgets.

Seven percent of AAA Diamond-rated hotels and restaurants are considered “Best Of.” These spots have overall ratings in the top 20 percent of their Diamond rating level, no member complaints in the past 12 months, and for hotels only, an “A” rating in cleanliness and condition.

AAA’s “Best Of” highlights hotels and restaurants with one, two, and three diamonds. These are the most common rating levels, accounting for 90 percent of hotels and 97 percent of restaurants with AAA Diamond ratings.

These hotels and restaurants meet AAA’s rigorous cleanliness, comfort, and hospitality standards as they are evaluated by one of AAA’s professional inspectors. These places offer travelers more casual and affordable options that can be just as charming and memorable as their more highly rated counterparts.

The AAA Diamond rating system has helped set high industry standards and is nationally recognized as a trusted symbol of quality. Here’s a breakdown of what travelers and diners can expect at establishments with AAA Diamond ratings.


Budget-oriented, offering basic comfort and hospitality

Affordable, with modestly enhanced facilities, décor, and amenities

Distinguished with enhanced physical attributes, amenities, and guest comforts

Refined and stylish, with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities, and a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail

Ultimate luxury, sophistication, and comfort, with extraordinary physical attributes, meticulous personalized service, extensive amenities, and impeccable standards of excellence


Simple, economical food, often quick-serve, in a functional environment

Familiar food, often cooked to order, served in casual surroundings

Trendy cuisine, skillfully prepared and served, with expanded beverage options, in enhanced settings

Distinctive fine-dining, creative preparations, skillfully served, often with a wine steward, amid upscale ambience

Leading-edge cuisine of the finest ingredients, uniquely prepared by an acclaimed chef, served by expert service staff led by a maître d’ in extraordinary surroundings


Here are a few of our favorite "Best Of" hotels:

The Crest Motel
 – Old Orchard Beach, Maine (One Diamond)
AAA inspector notes: This family-owned motel is virtually oceanfront, only separated by their small parking lot. The rooms are nicely maintained and office hours are typically between 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Open from mid-April through Columbus Day weekend.

Ramada Plaza Waikiki – Honolulu, Hawai‘i (Two Diamond)
AAA inspector notes: Look no further if you're wanting an inexpensive, clean room that's close to the beach, Kalakaua Avenue (Waikiki's main thoroughfare), and Ala Moana Shopping Center. Guest rooms, some with balconies, are well-maintained and offer cellphone charging connectors built into the guest room phone.

Sea Otter Inn – Cambria, California (Two Diamond)
AAA inspector notes: The inn features manicured grounds with a water feature, stone fire pits with seating, and views of the ocean. All rooms are well-appointed and feature a stone hearth fireplace and renovated bathrooms.

The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center – Auburn, Alabama (Three Diamond)
AAA inspector notes: Ensure a memorable stay at this inviting property, where the lobby is decorated with antiques and leather furnishings. The guest rooms have enhanced bedding, upscale furnishings, and plush towels. Celebrate a special night in the on-site restaurant or enjoy a more relaxed evening in the new casual lounge and bar, which offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Ample conference space, an attractive pool deck, and a well-equipped gym complete the amenity offerings.

The Westin Galleria, Houston – Houston, Texas (Three Diamond)
AAA inspector notes: The hotel is nicely situated in The Galleria, featuring inviting rooms with abundant space. Excellent shopping and dining options abound. Expanded meeting space makes this a great business destination.


Here are a few of our favorite "Best Of" restaurants:

Luberto's Trattoria  – Dublin, Pennsylvania (One Diamond)
AAA inspector notes: 
The Luberto family serves pizza, pasta, and entrees topped with homemade sauces at this casual, comfortable spot. An order of garlic bread is more than ample to accompany the meal of a large group. Be prepared to take some food home.

Restaurant 1818  – Natchez, Mississippi (Two Diamond)
AAA inspector notes: This restaurant is at the Monmouth Historic Inn, the only grand historic home in town where dinner is served in the original formal dining room. The setting is opulent, with period decor that includes ornate furnishings and fine polished silver. The chef offers an interesting menu of new Southern cuisine with artful presentations. Besides the regular a la carte dinner menu, guests also can opt for the communal chef's table experience, a five-course meal served at 6 p.m.

Rancho de Chimayo  – Chimayo, New Mexico (Two Diamond)
AAA inspector notes: A scenic drive off the beaten path leads to this lovely setting. Enjoy a leisurely meal in the historic, renovated farmhouse. Friendly staffers will tempt diners with a wide selection of hearty regional favorites. The spicy chile rellenos topped with green chile sauce is a must, and the homemade flan is the perfect palate pleaser.

Pangaea Restaurant  – North Bennington, Vermont (Three Diamond)
AAA inspector notes: A former storefront in the center of a quaint New England village now hosts a fine-dining establishment that offers a seasonally rotating menu to ensure the freshest and most flavorful ingredients are incorporated to create its innovative offerings.

Outpost  – Goleta, California (Three Diamond)
AAA inspector notes: This restaurant offers retro California style with original artwork and a lively atmosphere. The covered patio area features views of the fire pit and pool at AAA Three Diamond rated The Goodland hotel. For a tasty alternative, try the duck tacos paired with a local wine from the surrounding area.

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