In United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean most hotels are Diamond or Star rated. MOBIL awards Stars and the American Automobile Association (AAA) awards Diamonds. Ratings are given from one to five with 5 being the ultimate in hospitality luxury and one providing essential, no frill accommodations. Both ratings are very prestigious and use a variety of evaluation criteria including unannounced physical site inspections. The higher the ratings, the more stringent and frequent the hotel inspections! The rating are then published in tour books and accommodation guides used to decide where to stay. Both MOBIL Star and AAA rated properties present more similarities than differences in facilities, service, price and atmosphere. Seeking the best? Look for properties that have been awarded both 5 stars and 5 Diamonds.
Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure both publish a Gold List and The World’s Best Hotels respectively based on a survey of their readers. Robb Report’s Best Luxury Hotels are also highly regarded by the industry.

5 Star Properties
California
Raffles L’Ermitage, Beverly Hills
The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
Chateau du Sureau, Oakhurst
St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Colorado
The Little Nell, Aspen
The Broadmoor
Connecticut
Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington, CT
District of Columbia
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.
Florida
The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Georgia
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club
Hawaii
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Illinois
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
The Peninsula Chicago
The Ritz-Carlton, A Four Seasons Hotel
Massachusetts
Boston Harbor Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Boston
Nevada
The Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas
New York
Four Seasons Hotel New York
Mandarin Oriental, New York
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
The St. Regis, New York
The Point, Saranac Lake
North Carolina
The Fearrington House Country Inn, Pittsboro
South Carolina
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Charleston
Woodlands Resort & Inn, Summerville
Tennessee
The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville
Texas
The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas
Utah
Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City
Vermont
Twin Farms, Barnard
Virginia
The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond
The Inn at Little Washington, Washington
Wyoming
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Teton Village

5 Diamond Properties

Arizona
The Boulders Resort and Golden, Carefree, Arizona
Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott, SCOTTSDALE
The Canyon Suites, Scottsdale
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale
Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale
The Phoenician, Scottsdale
California
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
Four Seasons Resort Aviara, Carlsbad
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point
St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
The Island Hotel Newport Beach
Château du Sureau, Oakhurst
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai
The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Four Seasons Biltmore, Santa Barbara
Simpson House Inn
Colorado
The Little Nell, Aspen
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
Connecticut
The Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington Depot
District of Columbia
Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C.
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
Florida
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
Four Seasons Hotel, Miami The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
The Breakers, Palm Beach
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Ponte Vedra Beach
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Georgia
Four Seasons Hotel, Atlanta
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
The Lodge at Sea Island, St. Simons Island
Hawaii
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu
Four Seasons Resort, Maui at Wailea
Illinois
Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago
The Peninsula, Chicago
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel
Massachusetts
Four Seasons Hotel, Boston
Nevada
Bellagio, Las Vegas
Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas
Skylofts at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas
Wynn, Las Vegas
New York
Four Seasons Hotel, New York
Mandarin Oriental, New York
The Peninsula, New York
The Ritz-Carlton, New York, Battery Park
The Ritz-Carlton, New York, Central Park
The St. Regis Hotel, New York
North Carolina
The Umstead Hotel & Spa
The Fearrington House Inn, Pittsboro
Ohio
Walden Country Inn & Stables, Aurora
Pennsylvania
Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmngton Resort
Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia
The Rittenhouse Hotel and Condominium Residences, Philadelphia
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
South Carolina
Wentworth Mansion, Charleston
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Woodlands Resort & Inn, Summerville
Tennessee
The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville
Texas
The Mansion On Turtle Creek, Dallas
Four Seasons Hotel, Houston
The St. Regis Hotel, Houston
Four Seasons Resort and Club, Irving
Utah
Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City
The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City
Virginia
The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond
The Inn at Little Washington, Washington
Washington
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
West Virginia
The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs
Wisconsin
The American Club, Kohler
Wyoming
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Teton Village

CANADA
The Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver
Four Seasons Resort Whistler

CARIBBEAN
Sandy Lane Hotel, Holetown, Barbados
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Jamaica
Four Seasons Resort Nevis

MEXICO
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Baja California Sur
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico D.F. Distrito Federa, Mexico City l
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, Nuevo Vallarta
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Mexico, 7
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach, Cancun
JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa, Cancun
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Fairmont Mayakoba, Playa Del Carmen
Occidental Royal Hideaway Resort & Spa, Playa Del Carmen
Paraiso de la Bonita Resort and Thalasso, Puerto Morelos

International Rating Systems
In the UK the Automobile Association, English Tourism Council and the Royal Club give hotels a one to five star rating. In France hotels display the federal government sanctioned stars ranging from one to four stars and is primarily based on the presence of physical features such as room size, heating, bathrooms, phone systems, elevators etc. In Germany and some Scandinavian countries hotels are rated one to five stars and are required to undergo inspections every three years to maintain their ratings. In China the government rates hotels using the star system with five stars being the ultimate.