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All around brilliance for U.S. Peninsula Hotels in AAA Five Diamond Awards

Travel News Asia 20 November 2002

All three Peninsula hotels in the U.S. are among a select group of only 77 hotels to win the prestigious 2003 AAA Five Diamond Award announced this week.

Conferred by the American Automobile Association each year, the Five Diamond Awards recognize lodgings and restaurants in the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico meeting an incredible standard of excellence and consistently delivering memorable travel and dining experiences with world-class service.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills demonstrates its finesse at achieving consistent levels of excellence by attaining the coveted Five Diamond status for 10 consecutive years. The Belvedere restaurant in the hotel is as highly regarded, winning the Five Diamond Award for the 8th year in a row.

The Peninsula New York shines again by being named a Five Diamond winner for the 4th year running while newcomer, The Peninsula Chicago is already recognized as a Five Diamond establishment after having been open for just one year.

We are delighted and honoured that all of our properties in the U.S. have received AAAs highest rating, said Mr Clement Kwok, Chief Executive Officer of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, owner of The Peninsula Group. It is our mission to provide the highest level of comfort, service and convenience to our guests and the Five Diamond Award is a great reward and encouragement to our colleagues for a job well done.

More than 42,000 properties were subjected to stringent evaluations conducted unannounced by the Associations team of 60 professionally trained inspectors. Less than one-third of 1 percent, or just 77 hotels and 53 restaurants met the Five Diamond criteria for being outstanding.

As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides its 44 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.

Famed for innovative service and amenities, The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers 196 luxurious guestrooms, suites and private villas located in the heart of Beverly Hills, within walking distance of Century City and Rodeo Drive. In addition to the award-winning Belvedere restaurant, the hotel also features a full-range spa incorporating cutting-edge treatments with the finest therapists, equipment and products.

Located on the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and 55th Street, The Peninsula New York is at the very center of New Yorks most prestigious business, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel occupies a 1902 landmark building, reconstructed internally to feature 239 guestrooms and suites designed for indulgence. The Peninsula New York houses the citys leading hotel spa within a glass-enclosed, tri-level roof-top health club spread over more than 35,000 square feet. 

The Peninsula Chicago is conveniently located on the citys Magnificent Mile, and boasts 339 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites; five dining and entertainment options; and a state-of-the-art spa and workout facility. The newest luxury hotel to open its doors in Chicago, The Peninsula blends Midwestern graciousness with Asian hospitality.

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