For Vegas, Five Diamond bragging rights


*logoThe folks who making a living selling Las Vegas can start spreading the news: Las Vegas is now home to 15 AAA Five Diamond resorts and restaurants, more than any other city in the country.

“From what I understand, Las Vegas not only has more AAA Five Diamond establishments than any other city in the country, but also in the world,” said AAA Nevada spokesman Michael Geeser.

“This means a couple things for the city. For starters, it elevates the city’s reputation for quality and service, things that travelers really desire. More importantly, it affirms that the city is able to deliver on its promises.”

Vegas’ Five Diamond hotels include CityCenter’s Aria and Mandarin Oriental along with repeat winners Bellagio, Encore, Four Seasons, Skylofts at MGM Grand, Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas, Venetian and the now-shuttered Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas (Dolce Hotels & Resorts plans to reopen and rebrand the Ritz-Carlton this spring).

This award marks the Four Seasons’ 12th consecutive year as a AAA Five Diamond hotel and Bellagio’s 10th year receiving the honor.

All the Five Diamond award-winning restaurants in Las Vegas are repeat recipients, including Alex at Wynn Las Vegas, Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace , Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand and Picasso and Le Cirque at Bellagio.

Nationally, seven restaurants were removed from AAA’s Five Diamond list; none were added. The recently released AAA Five Diamond list covered Northern California, Utah and Nevada. National lists will be unveiled in January.

“AAA has been around more than 100 years, and our membership continues to grow; in Nevada, there are more than 365,000 AAA members, Northern California has more than 4 million and Utah has more than 300,000,” Geeser said.

“They count on us. If we tell members that this place reached a certain level, it better be true. … The recognition tells travelers that you’re not going to be let down, that these places will not underdeliver.”


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