In a tradition now 78 years long, AAA has announced the hotels and restaurants that earned the Four- or Five-Diamond Rating during the past 12 months. In total, 32 local DC-area establishments received the top ratins, the AAA’s highest designations for hotels and restaurants.
The restaurant with the longest five-diamond tenure is The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room in Washington, Va., which has maintained the rating for 26 consecutive years.
Hotels given the top rating according to AAA "are stylish and refined with upscale physical attributes. Guests receive personalized attention from an experienced staff and extensive amenities in a luxurious setting. Restaurants at the Four or Five Diamond level offer a distinctive fine dining experience. Creative chefs, imaginative menus, fresh top-quality ingredients and knowledgeable staff distinguish these establishments."
Five-Diamond Properties and Restaurants in Northern Virginia (2):
- The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA (1989)
- The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room, Washington, VA (1988)
Four-Diamond Properties and Restaurants in Northern Virginia (10):
- Morrison House – A Kimpton Hotel, Alexandria, VA (1986)
- The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA (1990)
- Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA (1991)
- Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, VA (1991)
- Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, Tysons Corner, VA (2012)
- The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, VA (1992)
- Middleton Inn, Washington, VA (1998)
- Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA (2012)
- 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, VA (2004)
- L’Auberge Chez Francois & Jacques’ Brasserie, Great Falls, VA (1992)
*The year noted represents the year the establishment first received its current and consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.
Collectively visiting some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week, AAA inspectors say they are in a unique position to identify emerging trends in the hospitality industry. Inspectors have observed hotels and restaurants using increasingly personalized approaches to enhance guest comfort and satisfaction.