Five Hotels Earn Five-Diamond Status

 

A total of five Las Vegas hotels were awarded the distinction of AAA Five-Diamond status for 2008.

Wynn Las Vegas (www.wynnlasvegas.com) received the award for the second consecutive year, and, in doing so, became the only casino/resort in the world with both the Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond ratings.

In all, 100 hotels and 60 restaurants in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean were given AAA Five-Diamond status. For perspective, only 0.27 percent of the 60,000 diamond-rated lodgings and restaurants can claim Five-Diamond status. “The physical attributes of these properties are extraordinary in every manner, and personalized services for guests consistently exceed expectations of even the most refined traveler,” said Michael Petrone, director of AAA tourism information development.

The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (www.fourseasons.com/lasvegas) captured the accolade for the ninth consecutive year, while it was the first time that The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino (www.venetian.com) received the honor, and, in doing so, becomes the largest property in the U.S. to ever receive the distinction.

Along with attaining AAA Five-Diamond status as properties, both Skylofts at MGM Grand (www.skyloftsmgmgrand.com) and Bellagio (www.bellagio.com) received the distinction, too, for their restaurants. Chef Joël Robuchon won for his restaurant at MGM Grand, while Julian Serrano’s, Picasso restaurant, along with Le Cirque earned the title at Bellagio (La Cirque for the fifth consecutive year). Bellagio is the only hotel in the United States to have two AAA Five-Diamond restaurants.

Alex, the fine-dining restaurant at Wynn, also captured five diamonds for the third consecutive year.