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AAA Releases Hotel Ratings

February 2, 2019, 12:35 PM HST
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The American Automobile Association released its Five Diamond Rating list of 121 hotels throughout the country. The list, which includes four Hawaiʻi hotels, recognizes resorts that offer superior amenities and the latest in hospitality technology, including in-room tablets, mobile apps, mobile keys, and digital messaging. Earning a spot on the list also qualifies these resorts for this year’s AAA Five Diamond Award list.

“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,” AAA Hawaiʻi’s Regional Manager Liane Sumida.  “AAA Hawaiʻi congratulates the state’s AAA Five Diamond establishments for making exceptional customer service happen every day.”

The Five Diamond Rating process involves in-person inspections, anonymous overnight stays, and an expert panel review to ensure credibility. Less than 1% of the 27,000 AAA Inspected and Approved hotels receive the Five Diamond Rating.

AAA Hawaiʻi also announced its local AAA Four Diamond ratings, which includes four properties that received the rating for the first time. These resorts include the Hokulani Waikīkī and The Grand Islander in Honolulu, as well as the Koloa Landing at Poʻipū Beach Resort on Kauaʻi and the Kohala Suites on Hawaiʻi island.

According to AAA, their Diamond rating system aims to provide travelers with the broadest range of property ratings of resorts in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. AAA began inspecting hotels and restaurants in 1937. The AAA Four and Five Diamond restaurant ratings will be released in February.  


Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and trip planning recommendations on the  AAA mobile app for tablets and smartphones, as well as the the TripTik Travel Planner

Below is a list of Hawaiʻi hotels that received the Five Diamond Award Rating with the year they were rated:
Hotels Year Rated
Kapalua (Maui)
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua 1996
Ka’upulehu (Hawaii)
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai 1998
Lānaʻi City
Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi          2016
Wailea (Maui)
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 1991

Below is a list of AAAʻs local Four Diamond hotels and the year they were rated:

Hotels Year Rated
Hāna (Maui)
Travaasa Hotel Hāna 2011
Honolulu (Oʻahu)
Halekulani 2001
Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club 2018
The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations   2018
The Kahala Hotel & Resort 2006
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts 2010
Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk 2010
Ka’anapali (Maui)
Honua Kai Resort & Spa 2012
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa 1995
The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas 2010
The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas 2017
Kapalua (Maui)
Montage Kapalua Bay 2014
Kapolei (Oahu)
Aulani-A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaiʻi 2012
Four Seasons Resort Oʻahu at Ko Olina 2017
Kohala Coast (Hawaiʻi)
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaiʻi 1991
Poʻipū (Kauaʻi)
Grand Hyatt Kauaʻi Resort & Spa 1991
Koloa Landing at Poʻipū Beach Resort 2018
Princeville (Kauaʻi)
The St. Regis Princeville Resort 2010
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas 2012
Waikoloa (Hawaiʻi)
Kings Land, Hilton Grand Vacations Club 2015
Kohala Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations           2018
Wailea (Maui)
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort 2014
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui 2002
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 1999
Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateaux 2014
Wailea Beach Resort Marriott & Spa 2008


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