Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Courtesy photo

Four San Diego area hotels 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 Wednesday.

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

The local hotels earning the Five Diamond rating were Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, and Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

“Hotels that aim for a AAA Five Diamond rating must differentiate themselves through advanced design concepts, highest quality furnishings and scrupulous attention to 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 were:

  • The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows;
  • The Peninsula Beverly Hills;
  • Monarch Beach Resort;
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel;
  • Montage Laguna Beach;
  • Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in Montecito;
  • The Resort at Pelican Hill;
  • Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and;
  • Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

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.

San Diego County establishments landing on the list were:


  • Viejas Casino & Resort


  • Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort


  • Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

  • Del Mar
  • L’Auberge Del Mar

La Jolla

  • Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
  • Hyatt Regency La Jolla
  • La Valencia Hotel
  • The Grande Colonial


  • Barona Resort & Casino


  • Pala Casino Spa and Resort

San Diego

  • Andaz San Diego
  • Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
  • Marriott Marquis San Diego & Marina
  • Omni San Diego Hotel
  • Pacific Terrace Hotel
  • Rancho Bernardo Inn
  • San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
  • The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego
  • The Westgate Hotel
  • The Westin San Diego
  • The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

— City News Service contributed to this report

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