Photo by John Schreiber.

Seven Southland hotels again earned the AAA’s coveted Five Diamond rating, putting them on a list that includes just 121 hotels nationwide, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced Thursday.

Dozens of other hotels in Los Angeles and Orange counties, meanwhile, earned Four Diamond ratings.

The local hotels earning the Five Diamond rating were The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Montage Laguna Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach and Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village.

The list was unchanged from last year.

“The AAA Five Diamond rating reflects the upper echelon of hotels that offer beautiful physical settings and extensive amenities, the highest quality furnishings and highly exceptional guest service,” said Patricia Marenco, the Auto Club’s approved-accommodations supervisor.

Across Southern California, 13 hotels earned the Five Diamond rating. The others making the list, which is also unchanged from last year, were:

— Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Carlsbad;

— The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla;

— Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in Montecito;

— Ojai Valley Inn & Spa;

— Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe; and

— Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego.

The Auto Club also released its list of Four-Diamond Ratings for hotels and restaurants. To earn the rating, hotels must be “refined, stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail,” according to the Auto Club.

Southland establishments landing on the list were:


Beverly Hills

— Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

— Montage Beverly Hills

— SLS Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills

— Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

— Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills


— Hotel Amarano Burbank


— Loews Hollywood Hotel

— W Hollywood

Long Beach

— Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Los Angeles

— Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

— Hotel Bel-Air

— InterContinental Los Angeles Century City

— JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live

— Luxe City Center Hotel

— Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel

— Mr. C Beverly Hills

— Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

— Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

— The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

— The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

Manhattan Beach

— Westdrift Manhattan Beach, Autograph Collection

Marina del Rey

— The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Rancho Palos Verdes

— Terranea Resort

San Gabriel

— Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel

— The Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel

Santa Monica

— JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot

— Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

— Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

— Shore Hotel

— The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

— Viceroy Santa Monica

Universal City

— Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

— Sheraton Universal Hotel at Universal Studios

West Hollywood

— Sunset Marquis at Beverly Hills

— The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

— Kimpton La Peer Hotel



— Disneyland Hotel

— Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Costa Mesa

— Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Dana Point

— Blue Lantern Inn

— Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

Huntington Beach

— Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

— The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel

Laguna Beach

— Surf & Sand Resort

— The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Newport Beach

— Balboa Bay Resort

— Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach

— Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel

— Lido House, Autograph Collection

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