Stats: Where Are the Cleanest Hotels in America?

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New York City is the city with the most top-rated hotels for cleanliness in the United States, says AAA. // Photo by Pixabay/mpewny

AAA has released the results of its Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping award, which recognizes AAA inspected and approved hotels that receive the highest possible cleanliness and condition scores. Interestingly, the organization also broke down the cities and states in the United States with the cleanest hotels based on the results. 

States With the Most AAA Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping Hotels

  1. California (982)
  2. Florida (485)
  3. Texas (468)
  4. North Carolina (458)
  5. New York (406)
  6. Virginia (328)
  7. Pennsylvania (281)
  8. Tennessee (268)
  9. Maryland (238)
  10. Massachusetts (215)

Cities With the Most AAA Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping Hotels

  1. New York, New York (161)
  2. Houston, Texas (90)
  3. Washington, D.C. (78)
  4. Orlando, Florida (69)
  5. Charlotte, North Carolina (68)
  6. Austin, Texas (63)
  7. Nashville, Tennessee (61)
  8. San Diego, California (60)
  9. Anaheim, California (50)
  10. San Antonio, Texas (49)

AAA noted that every hotel must meet expected standards of cleanliness and condition to qualify as AAA inspected and approved and receive a Diamond Rating. At the same time, hotels awarded the Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping designation significantly surpass expectations, as measured during a comprehensive, on-site inspection, AAA said. All areas of the property must reflect this very high standard as AAA inspectors review for evidence of dirt, dust, pests, equipment performance and more.

“AAA has found that cleanliness and physical condition are consistently among the most important components travelers consider when looking for a hotel,” said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings, in a written statement. “The vast majority of AAA Inspected & Approved hotels fall in the midscale, Three Diamond range, so those that earn the Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping badge are a step above in a way that matters to today’s discerning traveler.”

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Properties must demonstrate housekeeping excellence for two consecutive inspections and be free of AAA member complaints to meet the criteria for this award, which puts them in the top 25 percent of all 27,000 AAA inspected and approved hotels, the organization said.

AAA’s professional inspectors evaluate and rate properties year-round, so the total number of properties to achieve the Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping award varies throughout the year.

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