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AAA awards top Diamond ratings to hotels and restaurants

Triple A has awarded Five Diamond and Four Diamond ratings to 16 establishments in Connecticut in the lodging and dining categories.

Shelton-AAA-LogoJust two venues received the top-rated Five Diamonds — the Winvian resort in Morris for lodging and its restaurant, and the Mayflower Grace Inn in Washington for lodging. Both businesses are in small rural towns in southern Litchfield County.

Every year, AAA recognizes restaurants and lodging facilities for offering what it calls “world-class service, facilities and amenities.”

Four and Five Diamond award ratings are the AAA’s highest designations for hotel properties and restaurants. Just 0.3% of the total 59,000 AAA-approved lodgings and restaurants in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean receive Five Diamonds, while 3.9% receive Four Diamonds.


Five Diamond winners

Five Diamond awardees in Connecticut by town are (the parenthesis indicate the number of years listed as either Four or Five Diamond):


Morris:  Winvian (4)

Washington:  The Mayflower Grace Inn (18)



Morris:  Winvian (4)


Four Diamond winners

Four Diamond awardees in Connecticut by town are (the parenthesis indicate the number of years listed as either Four or Five Diamond):


Greenwich:  Homestead Inn (10)

Greenwich:  Hyatt Regency Greenwich (2)

Groton:  Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa (12)

Mashantucket:  Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods (11)

Mashantucket:  MGM Grand at Foxwoods (5)

Southport:  Delamar Southport (3)

Uncasville:  Mohegan Sun (12)



Greenwich:  Thomas Henkelmann (10)

Greenwich:  Rebeccas (4)

Hartford:  ON20 (1)

Groton:  Octagon (11)

Mashantucket:  Craftsteak (6)

Mashantucket:  Paragon (10)

Old Saybrook:  Fresh Salt (2)


The evaluation process

To be considered for a AAA Five or Four Diamond rating, restaurants and lodgings must undergo thorough inspections by a AAA full-time professional evaluator.

The establishments go through extensive inspections and final committee reviews before they can be listed in AAA’s annual TourBooks.


About the local AAA club

AAA Southern New England is a nonprofit auto club with 50 offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Based in Hamden, Conn., it organization provides more than 3.5 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

The Southern New England chapter’s coverage area includes Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield counties in Connecticut. In March, AAA Southern New England will honor its Diamond winners at a lunch at the Thomas Henkelmann restaurant in Greenwich, located at the Homestead Inn.


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