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Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch earns prestigious Five Diamond Award

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch was awarded the Five Diamond Award by AAA.

Rhe Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch was just named among the nations 93 best hotels, chosen from more than 60,000 AAA rated properties across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.The Ritz was one of three Colorado hotels that earned the hospitality industrys top designation for 2007, the AAA Five Diamond Award. Colorados other two were the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and the Little Nell in Aspen.The Broadmoor was chosen for the 31st consecutive year and is one of only three hotels in the nation who has maintained the distinction since the Diamond ratings were first applied to hotels. The Little Nell was chosen for the 16th consecutive year; the Ritz-Carlton was selected for the second consecutive year.It takes every department functioning on all cylinders to achieve this distinction, said Ritz Carlton spokesman Steven Holt. Its the commitment to service that makes the difference.Twenty-eight Colorado hotels received the Four Diamond rating, including The Lodge at Vail. Both the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver and the General Palmer Hotel in Durango received the award for the 31st consecutive year.While there are no restaurants in Colorado that made the Five Diamond Award list, 25 Colorado restaurants received the Four Diamond Award. The restaurant with the greatest longevity on this list is The Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder, with 18 consecutive years. New to the Four Diamond Award list for restaurants in Colorado are the Summit in Colorado Springs, and Vails Restaurant Kelly Liken and the Wildflower in The Lodge at Vail.To become AAA Approved and Diamond rated, hotels and restaurants go through an inspection by one of AAAs 65 full time, professional evaluators.AAA first started listing accommodation information in its travel publications in the early 1900s. In 1937, the first field inspectors were hired to inspect hotels, motels, and restaurants.In 1963, AAA began to rate all accommodations as good, very good, excellent or outstanding.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO

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