AAA creates cleanliness award for hotels

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AAA has introduced a new award, the Inspector's Best of Housekeeping, honoring hotels that achieve the highest scores for cleanliness and condition.

AAA currently has 27,000 Inspected & Approved hotels. To receive that designation and a AAA Diamond Rating, hotels have to meet cleanliness and condition standards. The new award honors hotels that "significantly surpass expectations," AAA said in a statement.

"All areas of the property must reflect this very high standard as AAA inspectors review for evidence of dirt, dust, pests, equipment performance and more," AAA said.

All of AAA's Inspected & Approved hotels may qualify for the designation. In order to qualify, a hotel has to demonstrate housekeeping excellence for two consecutive inspections as well as be free of member complaints. Those that are awarded Best of Housekeeping represent the top 25% of all AAA hotels.

Best of Housekeeping hotels are eligible to use a badge to market and promote the designation.

"AAA has found that cleanliness and physical condition are consistently among the most important components travelers consider when looking for a hotel," said Michael Petrone, director of AAA inspections and Diamond Ratings. "This new designation identifies hotels with exceptional practices."

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