AAA Four Diamond Hotels in Oklahoma City

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Each year, non-profit travel organization AAA releases its list of Diamond Award winners, recognizing quality in hotels and restaurants. Oklahoma City does not have any Five Diamond recipients, but four metro hotels earned Four Diamond status for 2016. Here are details on those establishments, as well as a breakdown of the award process.

How does the rating system work? - According to AAA, Four Diamond Award recipients are the best of the best, exemplifying the "upper echelon of the hospitality industry." Created in 1963 and renamed in honor of the association's diamond (75th) anniversary in 1977, the Diamond Rating System ranks AAA-approved hotels and restaurants across the country based on facilities, amenities and service. For example, a One Diamond establishment might be a very basic motel while one designated with the Five Diamond rating represents the truly luxurious.

How elite is Four Diamond status? - Five Diamond properties are, obviously, the most elite, representing only about 0.3 percent of the total. Four Diamond winners are less than 4 percent of diamond-rated establishments in the United States.

Which Oklahoma City hotels earned Four Diamond status? - It's no coincidence some of the names honored by AAA are among those I highlight as the best hotels in OKC. In addition, several have been named Four Diamond for many consecutive years (streaks noted below). 2017 hotel honorees are:

Which Oklahoma City restaurants earned Four Diamond status? - On the restaurant side, Oklahoma City came up empty again in 2017. The Coach House, now closed, had been recognized for 16 years straight as one of those offering "distinctive dining experience, creative chefs, imaginative menus, fresh top-quality ingredients and a knowledgeable staff." However, that streak ended after 2015. 

Are there any other Four Diamond spots nearby? - Yes, Tulsa had a few establishments honored: Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hyatt Regency and the Ambassador Hotel Tulsa. Elsewhere in the state, drive to Durant for a Four Diamond Property. Choctaw Casino Resort Grand Tower earned its 7th award in 2017.

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