The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Ten Rhode Island hotels and one in nearby Seekonk, Massachusetts are among establishments throughout North America to receive AAA’s highest recognition for quality and service – the 2016 AAA Five or Four Diamond Award, AAA Northeast has announced.

AAA’s professionally-trained inspectors throughout North America continue an 80-year tradition of conducting unannounced hotel evaluations, rating those properties on a one to five scale.

This year, AAA has rated 28,000 hotels in North America. Of that 28,000, just 118 (0.4 percent) of the hotels receive AAA’s highest designation, Five Diamonds. The list includes the Ocean House in Watch Hill, which has received the honor every year since 2011.

Four Diamond hotels account for just 5.7 percent of the 28,000 properties rated by AAA. The 2016 list includes:

Bristol Point Pleasant Inn & Resort (First honored in 2003)

Newport Cliffside Inn (2003)

Hydrangea House Inn (2005)

The Chanler at Cliff Walk (2004) {Pictured above}

The Vanderbilt Grace (2011)

Providence Hotel Providence (2005)

Omni Providence Hotel (2003)

Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel (2008)

Westerly The Weekapaug Inn (2013)

Seekonk Historic Jacob Hill Inn (2001)

AAA Northeast will present the Diamond Awards at a luncheon in March at the Ocean House. Five and Four Diamond properties in Connecticut and Massachusetts are also being recognized by AAA Northeast.

AAA’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Travelers can find Diamond rated establishments in AAA trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app for tablets and smartphones, searchable Travel Guides on and AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices.
AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 61 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 5.2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

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