The ultimate benchmark of luxury in the hospitality industry is the AAA Five Diamond award rating. Less than 1% of all hotels and restaurants in the U.S. qualify for this top honor in any given year. To achieve the pinnacle of travel excellence, hotels must pass rigorous professional inspections on over 800 objective standards evaluating accommodations, amenities, service, and attention to detail.
While storied gems like The Breakers Palm Beach and The Peninsula Chicago have maintained their Five Diamond status for decades, exciting newcomers join their exclusive ranks annually. Here are four of the newest and most exceptional hotels holding the Five Diamond distinction.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.
History meets modern luxury at this recently renovated DC palace — the city’s first Five Diamond hotel in over a decade. Ideally located in the capital’s lively Georgetown district nearby the White House and National Mall, the Four Seasons Hotel Washington sets the standard for VIP accommodations and amenities since its opening in early 2022. Guests surround themselves in refined style with lavish furnishings and curated artwork within the Federal-style building. Five-star hospitality shines through unique experiences like a floral turndown service and streetside evening s’mores cart bringing gourmet decadence to your private terrace. Suites offer separate living and bedrooms, marble bathrooms with steam showers, and luxury comforts like heated floors and air purification systems allowing for deep relaxation amid the bustling energy outside. Truly the crème de la crème for experiencing DC in exceptional fashion.
Montage Healdsburg Sonoma
Widely considered Northern California’s most luxury countryside escape sits the idyllic Montage Healdsburg set among 258 acres of restored vineyard and ranchland. Opened in late 2021, the eco-conscious resort and residences immerse guests into the rustic romance of Sonoma wine country through a contemporary lens. All accommodations reflect premium craftsmanship fusing sleek and sustainable features with plush amenities like outdoor cedar showers, soaking tubs, and fireplaces framing vineyard views. Artisanal cuisine led by a Michelin-starred culinary team along with a 5,000-bottle wine cellar round out elevated indulgences. Guests especially delight in the artful touches like returning to rooms each evening to discover maple leaf cookies and organic milk displayed bedside. Enveloping visitors into the full splendor of Sonoma wine country through gracious living is what propelled Montage Healdsburg to fast Five Diamond fame.
The Conrad Nashville
Music City scored a perfect 10 when the Conrad Nashville began welcoming guests in the fall of 2021 as the luxury hotel leader downtown. Located in the vibrant Broadway entertainment district, Conrad’s modern high-rise towers over Nashville with sleek Art Deco-inspired style. Inside, guests choose from spacious accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing panoramic city to river views stretching to the Cumberland Mountains beyond. Though tempting to stay enjoying five-star views from their room, plenty of cinco de Mayo experiences await downstairs at places like the grand Spire Rooftop Bar with al fresco craft cocktails and skyline vistas. Whether hosting an event in the stunning Grand Ballroom or capping a night of honky tonks with pillow-top bliss, the Conrad Nashville flawlessly plays hospitality’s grandest songs.
St. Regis Chicago
This Miguelsangelo-designed neo-modern masterpiece brings full Italian opulence to Chicago’s skyline as part of the iconic Vista Tower. Oozing sophisticated style, The St. Regis Chicago dazzles guests with exquisite art collections, imported Italian finishes, and the largest indoor pool in the city beneath an ornate vaulted skylight. The hotel marries excellence with bespoke service, a hallmark of St. Regis’ traditions since its founding by John Jacob Astor over a century ago. With three distinctive dining destinations, the historic-meets-future St. Regis Chicago merits AAA’s highest luxury approval for first-class accommodations also offering the finest sky-high hospitality in the Windy City.