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March 6, 2015

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Vegas area adds three resorts to elite AAA list

New additions bring number of Nevada properties on list to 13


Courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas

The Salon Suite at Encore Las Vegas. Encore is one of three Las Vegas hotels to be named to AAA’s 2010 Five Diamond list.

Las Vegas is home to three more AAA Five Diamond winners, AAA Travel announced today. Nevada and Florida tied by adding three properties to the list -- more than any other state.

The latest additions include The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas and the Palazzo in the hotel category. Nevada now has eight Five Diamond properties, trailing only California and Florida.

Other resorts earning the coveted award are repeat winners. The list includes the Venetian, Bellagio, Skylofts at MGM Grand, Wynn Las Vegas and Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, an 11-time winner of the Five Diamond award.

The Bellagio has received the award for nine consecutive years while the Skylofts and Wynn Las Vegas both have won for the last four. The Venetian has made the list the last three years.

All of Nevada’s restaurants are repeat recipients of the Five Diamond award. The winners include Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Picasso and Le Cirque at Bellagio, Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand and Alex at Wynn Las Vegas.

“The economy this past year presented numerous challenges for the hospitality industry,” AAA Nevada spokesperson Michael Geeser said. “To make the list for the first time or maintain the highest level of hospitality during these difficult economic times is remarkable.”

Nationally, no restaurants were added to AAA’s Five Diamond list and seven were removed, six of which have closed. AAA’s Five Diamond restaurant list includes 52 restaurants.

AAA awarded 113 hotels the Five Diamond award nationwide, up from 103 last year. AAA inspectors evaluate 58,000 hotels and restaurants each year, the company said.

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