AAA Five-Diamond Hotels and Resorts 2016

Award-Winning Accommodations

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••• Swimming pool at Park Hyatt New York features underwater music from neighboring Carnegie Hall. Susan Breslow Sardone.

The AAA has named its Five Diamond hotels in the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico for 2016. Year to year, the list doesn't change much, as hotels and resorts strive to maintain this prestigious designation. Still, there's always movement, and here's the lowdown on the winners and losers.

The Winners: 6 New Five-Diamond Hotels and Resorts Added in 2016

Opened during the summer of 2015, Manhattan's stylish and sophisticated Park Hyatt New York immediately jumped onto the list, as did Trump International Toronto  and these resort properties: St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah; The Cloister on Sea Island, Georgia; and The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona.

And couples will be especially drawn to list newcomer Hotel Mousai, an adults-only all-inclusive in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  

The Losers: 9 Hotels and Resorts Demoted to Four Diamonds in 2016

Four Ritz-Carlton hotels glitter less brightly; eliminated from the list were the brand's properties in Atlanta, Marina del Rey, Sarasota and the Naples Golf Resort. Two sentimental favorites, The Mayflower in Connecticut and Stein Eriksen Lodge in Utah, also had their reputations dimmed. Two states, Missouri and Texas, lost their only Five-Diamond properties, both of which were Four Seasons hotels. And in the Caribbean, Jade Mountain lost a gem.

See previous years' Five-Diamond AAA Winners

2016 AAA Five-Diamond List

ARIZONA
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
The Phoenician - Scottsdale
The Canyon Suites at the Phoenician - Scottsdale
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain - new this year

CALIFORNIA
The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
Chateau du Sureau - Oakhurst 
L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
Fairmont Grand Del Mar - San Diego
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Lodge at Torrey Pines
Montage Laguna Beach 
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort - Carlsbad
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Pelican Hill Resort  - Newport Beach
Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa - Rancho Santa Fe 
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel - Dana Point
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach - Dana Point

COLORADO
Four Seasons Hotel Denver 
The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs
The Little Nell - Aspen
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

CONNECTICUT
Winvian - Morris

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC

FLORIDA
Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach - Sunny Isles
The Breakers - Palm Beach
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa 
Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort​
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island 
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
St. Regis Bal Harbour 

GEORGIA
The Cloister - Sea Island - new this year
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
The St. Regis Atlanta Hotel
The Lodge at Sea Island - St Simons Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

HAWAII
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu - Kailua-Kona
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

ILLINOIS
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
The Langham Chicago  
The Peninsula Chicago
Waldorf=Astoria Chicago
Trump International Hotel

MASSACHUSETTS
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
Four Seasons Hotel Boston

NEVADA
Aria Resort & Casino
Aria Sky Suites
Bellagio
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Skylofts at the MGM Grand Hotel
Wynn Tower Suites 

NEW YORK
Four Seasons Hotel New York
Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York
Park Hyatt New York - new this year
The Peninsula New York
The Pierre New York - A Taj Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
Trump International Hotel & Tower
Trump SoHo 

NORTH CAROLINA
Umstead Hotel & Spa - Cary
The Fearrington House Inn
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

OHIO
Inn Walden - Aurora

PENNSYLVANIA
Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
The Rittenhouse Hotel - Philadelphia

RHODE ISLAND
Ocean House

SOUTH CAROLINA
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

TENNESSEE
The Hermitage Hotel - Nashville

UTAH
Montage Deer Valley - Park City
St. Regis Deer Valley - Park City - new this year

VIRGINIA
The Inn at Little Washington

WISCONSIN
The American Club - Kohler

WYOMING
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

C A N A D A

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Shangri-la Hotel Vancouver 

ONTARIO
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto 
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
Shangri-La Hotel Toronto 
Trump International Toronto - new this year

QUEBEC
The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal 

C A R I B B E A N

ANTIGUA
Jumby Bay

BARBADOS
Sandy Lane Hotel

CAYMAN ISLANDS
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Tortuga Bay Punta Cana Resort & Club

NEVIS
Four Seasons Nevis 

PUERTO RICO
St. Regis Bahia Beach 

M E X I C O

Banyan Tree Cabo Marques 
The Resort at Pedregal - Cabo San Lucas
Fairmont Mayakoba
Le Blanc Spa Resort - Cancun
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Grand Luxxe - Nuevo Vallarta 
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort - Nuevo Vallarta
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort - Riviera Maya
Hotel Mousai - Puerto Vallarta - new this year
One&Only Palmilla - San Jose Del Cabo
Rosewood Mayakoba
The Ritz Carlton, Cancun
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun 
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
Las Ventanas al Paraiso - San José del Cabo
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Resort - Riviera Maya

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