Representatives from New York’s top hotels and restaurants and AAA Northeast executives gathered for the city’s first AAA Five Diamond Award luncheon on Tuesday, April 4.
AAA Five Diamond establishments exemplify the ultimate in hospitality. Defined as “leading-edge,” they have been singled out by AAA’s professional inspectors as those that stand out among the competition, providing the best experiences based on traveler expectations and current trends.
In true Five Diamond style, this year’s award recipients were celebrated in grand fashion. The luncheon took place at the Five Diamond Rated Pierre Hotel, where all were treated to a three-course meal prepared by the hotel’s chefs in the stunning Cotillion Room with views of Central Park.
AAA Northeast President and CEO Mark Shaw and Executive Vice President John Galvin mingled with managers from highly esteemed New York hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton and restaurants like Del Posto and Gabriel Kreuther.
It was a great turnout, with 14 of this year’s 20 Five Diamond designees in New York making an appearance. See below for the full list of Five Diamond hotels and restaurants.
The event began with a toast and speeches from AAA Northeast Media Relations Manager Robert Sinclair Jr., and John Galvin, who both praised the hard work of the people in the room and stressed just how impressive a Five Diamond distinction is.
“It’s incredibly difficult to achieve a Five Diamond Award for a year,” Galvin said, adding that “it’s remarkably incredible” to maintain a Five Diamond rating for consecutive years, as many of the New York properties have done.
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On AAA’s rating scale of One to Five Diamonds, hotels and restaurants on the Five Diamond level have passed AAA’s rigorous inspection process with flying colors, many of them year after year. The Four Seasons Hotel New York, for example, has been Five Diamond Rated since 1994. In fact, most of the hotels and restaurants on this year’s list have maintained their rating over a period of several years or more. The Modern restaurant and The St. Regis New York were both new additions for 2016.
After lunch, each manager was called up to accept their diamond-shaped plaque on behalf of their establishment to bring back to their teams.
“We work really hard to get this award,” said Francois-Olivier Luiggi, general manager of The Pierre. “It’s nice to finally get together and celebrate.”
This year’s luncheon was the first time that recipients of AAA’s highest rating were honored collectively in New York. AAA Northeast holds similar events annually in Boston and Providence. After this year’s success, organizers are looking to continue the tradition in New York.
“We are hoping that this will become a yearly event,” said Jill Rosenberg, manager of group and executive travel services for AAA Northeast. Rosenberg, who was instrumental in planning the luncheon, ended the afternoon with an optimistic hint at what’s to come.
“Stay tuned for who will be hosting it next year,” she said.
AAA Five Diamond Award Recipients 2017*
New York Five Diamond Hotels
Four Seasons Hotel New York (1994)
Mandarin Oriental, New York (2005)
Park Hyatt New York (2015)
The Peninsula New York (1999)
The Pierre New York – A Taj Hotel (2009)
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park (2002)
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park (2002)
The St. Regis New York (2016)
Trump International Hotel & Tower (2010)
Trump SoHo New York (2012)
New York Five Diamond Restaurants
Del Posto (2011)
Eleven Madison Park (2012)
Gabriel Kreuther (2015)
Jean-Georges Restaurant (1998)
Le Bernardin (2012)
Per Se (2013)
The Modern (2016)
*Years indicate when establishment first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond Rating.
To learn more about AAA Diamond Ratings and to search for Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants near you, visit AAA.com/Diamonds.
Top photo: AAA Northeast President and CEO Mark Shaw presents General Manager Francois-Olivier Luiggi with a AAA Five Diamond Award for The Pierre New York.